Loon Lake Trail #081

Loon Lake Meadow

To north segment of the Loon Lake Trail is open to two-wheel motorized use and makes up a portion of the Loon Lake Loop, one of the most popular hiking and MTB routes on the Payette. Potable water is typically available at the Chinook Campground adjacent to the northern trailhead. This area is also equipped with hitching rails and an unloading ramp for stock use.

South of Loon Lake Trail #081 is designated non-motorized and sees comparatively little use.

In January of 1943, an Army Air Corps pilot with an aircrew of seven crash landed a B-23 bomber onto frozen Loon Lake after the plane, running low on fuel, experienced severe icing. The plane came to rest in the forest near the lake's shoreline where it remains today. You can view the wreckage by making a detour around the southwest side of Loon Lake via unmaintained Trail #084.


Loon Lake Loop Recreation Opportunity Guide PDF

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reference the Interactive Trail Map for current maintenance status. 
Water: Yes (Chinook Campground)
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Open to specific motorized use. Payette National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map and Additional Information HERE

General Information


Chinook Campground Trailhead - Travel north from McCall 37 miles on Warren Wagon Road. Approximately 8 miles past the Burgdorf junction turn right onto Forest Road #378 toward Chinook Campground. Park at the designated trailhead parking.

Split Creek Trailhead (Lick Creek Road) - Travel east of McCall on Lick Creek Road approximately 25 miles. The trailhead is on the north side of the road, about 1.5 miles before Secesh Horse Camp.


Mountain Biking

This is a popular area MTB route.

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities