While long summer days and adventure-filled winters may be the ruling seasons here in McCall, fall has quite a bit of magic and breathtaking beauty of its own to add to our perpetually scenic town.
The crisp days and cool nights provide the perfect opportunity for seemingly endless explorations in McCall’s great outdoors. As locals know, it just doesn’t get any better than this. The level of activity required to enjoy our natural sanctuary is as varied as are the possibilities, from the laid back, such as roasting marshmallows for s’mores at Shore Lodge’s lakefront shores, to full-on adrenaline-seeking with ATV rides, and nature-themed excursions such as horseback riding or helicopter tours of our unique surroundings.
Here, we have included some of the best hiking, mountain biking and hot springs destinations so you can you skip the Google search and go straight to exploration. And once you choose the right adventure for you, Shore Lodge’s knowledgeable Concierge can help you make it happen.
Hit the Trails!
Best in the spring, summer and fall, mountain biking is a favorite pastime here in McCall, and with over sixty nearby trails, it’s easy to see why. Discover some of the best mountain biking trails the country has to offer, conveniently located just a short distance away.
Brundage Mountain Bike Park
3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, ID 83638
This ever-expanding park offers something for just about everyone, with a full spectrum of experiences available. Bikers can take a ride on the beginner loop to hone their skills, while thrill-seekers can revel in the adrenaline rush provided by Hidden Valley’s downhill track. And the whole family — and all skill level riders — can ride out through the 6-mile all-mountain track at Elk Trail.
Jug Mountain Ranch
13834 Farm To Market Rd, McCall, ID 83638
Some of the state’s premier single-track trails can be found at Jug Mountain Ranch, winding through meadows and the Ponderosa forest. These scenic and diverse trail systems — with options for every level skill rider — are available free of charge. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar invites bikers to come in and take a load off.
If there’s a season that doesn’t lend itself to hot springs, we’re not aware of it. Luckily, McCall is a short drive from some of the country’s most incredible naturally occurring hot springs. Locations include:
Gold Fork Hot Springs
1026 Gold Fork Rd, Donnelly, ID 83615
A short drive to Donnelly will get you to Gold Fork, putting you in the foothills of the North Fork Range. With six pools ranging in temperature from 85-110°F, there is a temperature for every member of your family, including a sandy pool for kids.
Burgdorf Hot Springs
404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638
For those in search of a real adventure, Burgdorf Hot Springs is an incredible destination. While accessible by car in the warmer months, Burgdorf is only accessible via snowmobile in the snow, making it the perfect combination of hot and cold. The pools here are fed by the springs at the rate of 150 gallons per minute and range in temperature from 100 – 113°F.
In addition to these two wonderful destinations, a variety of undeveloped hot springs can be found as well. See our Concierge for details and directions.
Take a Hike!
A hike provides multiple benefits: exercise, mindfulness, and time in the outdoors. Here in McCall, hiking conditions are best in late spring, summer and fall. The options range from easy to moderate and vary in length from one to six miles. Some of the most popular locations include:
Goose Creek Falls
Last Chance Rd, New Meadows, ID 83654
The perfect trail for the entire family, Goose Creek Falls is frequented by all ages and is well maintained. Here you will descend the trail (which is occasionally steep) to the river, cross the bridge and then head towards the famed waterfall over a couple of loose scrambles for the view of the falls.
Ponderosa State Park Trails
1920 N Davis Ave, Mccall, ID 83638
Meadow Marsh Hiking Trail is another “easy” hike that is approximately 1.4 miles long. The trail loops a former wet marsh that is now in transition to becoming a mountain meadow. This well-shaded hike will take you through Ponderosa Pines and Huckleberry Bushes with little elevation gain.
If a more demanding hike is your quest, we recommend Boulder Lake where you will cover four miles with a 692-foot net elevation gain. After about a half-mile, the trail opens up to Boulder Meadow Reservoir. As you near Boulder Creek you will encounter a creek just below the lake. Consider a possible swim in the lake before you head back to civilization.