McCall's network of pathways give you a front row seat to some seriously beautiful views. From the golf course to Ponderosa State Park, Payette Lake to shady forests there is no shortage of natural beauty to see on a ride around town.
Distance: 6.3 to 17.1 Miles
Active Ride Time: 30 to 90 minutes
It is easy to hop on the trail at any point and make a loop of this route, but for an easy starting point, we like to start this ride on the separated paved pathway in front of Ridley's Family Market.
The path is smooth and wide and a perfect place to kick off your scenic ride.
From Ridley's, head east toward the Payette Lakes Middle School then turn north to connect to the Spring Mountain Ranch paved pathway. This delightful stretch takes you along the outskirts of the city and past thick forested areas, the McCall Golf Course and past meadows and wetlands.
Pro Tip: There is a bike tuning station where the path passes Wooley Ave. in case you need to make any adjustments along the way!
Continue along the Spring Mountain Ranch pathway until you reach Lick Creek Road.
Turn west and head toward Ponderosa State Park. This section of the route is a road shared with vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes.
At the end of Lick Creek Road, turn north and ride into Ponderosa State Park. Take the Lakeview Trail at the park entrance to access the Peninsula Trail that follows the western shoreline of the Park. At this point, you can choose to explore the Visitors Center, Amphitheater, Activity Center, and beaches or extend your ride through the Park to see one of the most scenic overlooks in McCall.
The trails in the Park are dirt single track and the route to the overlook does climb in elevation, but the effort is worth the view! From the Peninsula Trail starting at the Activity Center, ride 3/4 of a mile and connect to the Huckleberry Bay Mountain Bike Trail at the Lily Marsh parking lot. This route will take you another mile to the northernmost point of the Park with two stunning overlooks.
When you are ready to head back into town, exit Ponderosa State Park and turn right onto Ruby Street. This turns into McCall Avenue and follows the perimeter of Payette Lake.
Continue on to Mill Road, and then turn right onto Pine to put you right at Legacy Park.
From Legacy Park, pedal through the downtown core and explore the shops and restaurants. If you are looping back to the starting point, meet up with the pathway system next to City Hall on E. Park Street.
Ride past the McCall-Donnelly High School and Disc Golf Course until you reach the pathway's intersection at Deinhard. From here, turn east (left) to get back to Ridley's.
If you haven't had enough scenery for one day, extend your ride by continuing straight along the pathway at the Deinhard intersection. The route will take you to Mission street with a short section of "share the road" riding until a separated paved pathway near River Ranch begins. The paved pathway gives way to a natural surface pathway and marks the beginning of the North Valley Rail Trail. Ride the Rail Trail past the Activity Barn up to Heinrich Lane.
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This tour is made possible through a partnership with the State of Idaho.
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