September 2019

You’re headed to McCall, Idaho and ready to hit the trails. But with so many to choose from — and each with its unique advantage — which trail should you trek? We’re taking you beyond the usual (and totally worth traversing) hikes around McCall to present to you some of our favorite biking, pampering, and partying trails around Shore Lodge.

Beers, Not Bears

Those looking for a less nature-themed experience can party their way through the McCall Ale Trail. McCall, Idaho is home to three amazing breweries, and The McCall Ale Trail is the best way to sample them all while exploring local shops (and potentially winning prizes). Simply pick up your McCall Ale Trail passport at the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce or any one of the participating breweries and restaurants along the trail, including right here at Shore Lodge. Then, set off on your journey. Once you have at least ten stamps on your passport, drop it off at the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and pick up your commemorative McCall Ale Trail pint glass!

Two-Wheelin’ It

McCall is a mountain biker’s dream, with an endless network of backcountry trails on which to test their skills. And with so many available, there are paths for every level of rider, from active families to downhill daredevils. The North Valley Rail Trail, which follows the route of the old Union Pacific RR Line, offers a smooth and scenic adventure for families and novice riders. The 3.5-mile ride alternates between paved and single-track trails, with plenty of opportunity for birdwatching (you may spot herons, hawks, and eagles). Be on the lookout for hikers and horseback riders as this is a shared path. This trail is open through October. Meanwhile, the intermediate Huckleberry Trail at Ponderosa State Park offers an entirely different scene to tear through as you pedal a path parallel to Payette Lake.

Keep the motion going into the winter season with fat bikes. These versatile bikes have been gaining traction (pun intended) with those who aren’t quite ready to trade in the pedals for skis just yet.

And those who prefer to double up their wheel count will thrill in knowing that Idaho’s mileage of 4-wheel-drive dirt roads is nearly double that of our single-track trails. Guests of Shore Lodge looking for something specific can turn to our knowledgeable concierge for trail tips and assistance with gear rental.

An Adventure in Luxury

The McCall outdoors presents endless opportunities for vigorous adventure and sport. Occasionally though, we need a respite from the pursuit. For this, we’d like to introduce you to an entirely new adventure; one for your spirit as much as your physical self. An adventure in luxury. Those fascinated by the area’s greatest climbs and lavish comforts can take the path of the Daily Excursions at The Cove. These elegant expeditions combine some of the most popular treatments at The Cove to create an unparalleled spa day. Those seeking to ease into the adventure can indulge in the Jughandle Mountain, which features a Vintage McCall Massage and Mountain Mist Facial for two and a half hours of pure bliss. Meanwhile, Rainbow Peak’s 4-hour path includes a Deep Blue Wrap, Wildflower Facial, and Rosemary Mint Mani/Pedi. True sanctuary-seekers can embark on Borah Peak’s 6-hour expedition – one from which you won’t return the same. Whichever path you choose, end the day by going off-trail toward The Cove’s steam room or immersion pools.

Ready to choose your next McCall adventure? Which trail will you trek?