Summers in McCall are a magical time. From the beautiful climate to the incredible mountain-lake scenery, there’s more to take in than meets the eye. To help you navigate your summer vacation at Shore Lodge, we’ve created this two-part series with information on where to go and what to see around town. Here, read up on everything there is to discover on-land. Then, stay tuned for the next installment focusing on all the aquatic action to be had!
Back to Nature
Not all who wander are lost. Luckily, we’re surrounded by sprawling nature preserves like Ponderosa State Park, the Payette National Forest and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, providing seemingly endless trails to discover. Shore Lodge’s complimentary shuttle can take guests to two of the nearest — and most popular — hiking destinations: Bear Basin and Ponderosa State Park for an enchanting journey into nature. For those wanting to explore the backcountry, there are tons of trails with varying difficulty and distance. Some popular ones include Goose Creek Falls, Boulder Lake, Duck Lake and Granite Mountain Lookout.
Those preferring to take their adventures on two-wheels will find some of the best mountain bike trails the country has to offer just a short distance away. What’s even better, you can still pack light for these adventures, as Shore Lodge has mountain bike rentals available in multiple sizes. Riders can warm up by biking up to three miles to the trails at Ponderosa State Park and Bear Basin, take our complimentary shuttle, or drive up themselves. Just remember to stop by the Concierge desk for your trail system map before heading out!
Need even more wheels? Or more adrenaline? Get down and dirty as you dart through McCall’s rugged mountain terrain on agile ATVs. It’s always an exhilarating day filled with a mix of dirt, mud and a lot of fun!
Take It In
There are many ways to take in the sights around McCall. In fact, the town itself is so scenic, it’s impossible to miss its beauty. But what better way to surround yourself with nature than by taking in the sights on horseback? Pick your gallant steed and hop on for the ride of a lifetime through Idaho’s backcountry, which is closer than you might think. From high mountains to river canyons, you and your horse will see it all. We promise that the views of the lake and valley will be even more majestic than you could imagine.
Most visitors are familiar with Brundage Mountain thanks to McCall’s exhilarating ski season. But when guests aren’t shredding some of the Best Snow in Idaho™, Brundage still has a few tricks up its sleeves. In the summer months, their Bluebird Express takes guests on a scenic chairlift ride for breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. On a clear day, riders can enjoy views of Payette Lake, Long Valley, Seven Devil’s Wilderness, and if you’re lucky, Oregon’s Blue Mountains.
For those preferring a more laid-back style of adventure, Shore Lodge offers complimentary cruiser bikes, allowing visitors to explore the town in a blissful, leisurely manner.
State of Luxury
Golf at Whitetail Club:
As a guest of Shore Lodge, you have exclusive access to play Whitetail Club’s award winning course, which offers 18 holes and 7,200 yards of unspoiled natural splendor. Play amongst centuries old Ponderosa Pines, trout-filled ponds, and powerful granite boulders as you attempt to master the 72-par course. It’s no wonder Whitetail Club was added to Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest” course list and Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses 2014.” Be sure to end the day at the famed Golf Grille for delicious food and drink.
The second part of this series will dive into summer activities on water. For now, these are some of our favorite ways to indulge in McCall’s summer season on land. What are yours?