Can you believe October has arrived? We can’t either! It’s been a busy year as many of us have returned to the office, in-person learning, and reacclimating to our lives and schedules of yesteryear. With all the readjusting, it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of life again and the continuous pull of technology.
As we nestle into the fall season, we encourage guests of all ages to disconnect from the demand of life and screens and embark on a new adventure – hiking through peaceful and picturesque trails in and around McCall, Idaho. Our mountain-lake location is filled will hiking opportunities, for every skill level, allowing you to bask in the colors of the season. Guests staying at Shore Lodge can use the resort’s complimentary shuttle to take them to local trailheads, and our team Concierge can provide maps and even help arrange for packed lunch for your day out on the trail.
Whether staying at Shore Lodge, or just visiting McCall, discover these three scenic locations for a fall hike! Listed from easy to strenuous, these three hiking trails are perfect for a morning or afternoon with the kids or even with grandma and grandpa.
Difficulty: Easy | Approximate Hike Duration: 30 mins
- If you’re looking for a brisk hike where the views aren’t too far from your parked vehicle, then Summit Lake is the ideal place. The path’s granite outcroppings, ridges, and rocks make for a mesmerizing landscape that the entire family can enjoy. Before driving over, make sure to pack enough water, snacks, and gas for the 45-minute drive.
Ponderosa State Park
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate | Approximate Hike Duration: 30 mins
- Less than two miles away from downtown McCall, Ponderosa State Park’s expansive trail system allows for a wide range of hikes with spectacular views of Payette Lake. If you’re up for the trek, we recommend reaching Osprey Point for a panoramic overlook; it’s worth the climb. Kids of all ages can engage with nature’s playground by climbing on rocks, skipping rocks on the water, or observing the many tree species found through the park, including Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Western Larch, and Grand Fir.
Grass Mountain Lakes + Coffee Cup Lake
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous | Approximate Hike Duration: 2 to 4 hours
- For postcard photography, visit Grass Mountain Lakes, where hikers come across dramatic granite cliffs sprinkled with green grass and fir trees. Out-and-back, this hike is approximately 3.8 miles long. For those seeking to add more miles to their route, Coffee Cup Lake is an exceptional choice for that added endurance. On this trail, you may even spot a few wildflowers, including Indian paintbrush, sego lily, lupine, horsemint, etc.