Hiking & Biking
Central Idaho is one of the best hiking and mountain biking destinations in the West. The McCall area alone has more than 500 miles of public trails, 300 lakes and 1,400 miles of streams to explore. Visit the Hiker’s Paradise Itinerary for a few of our favorite trails to get started.
Advanced and beginner riders alike will find exactly what they are looking for in McCall. Lift-serviced trails, sweeping single track, gnarly uphills and technical features await. Teams of volunteers in cooperation with the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association (CIMBA) work to continually build new trails and access points each year making mountain biking one of the fastest growing sports in the area. Get started with a few riding ideas and download trail maps: Mountain Bike Trail Tour.
A new form of mountain biking has taken hold in McCall over the last few years…fat biking. These mountain bikes are specially designed for better traction on groomed trails in the winter or muddy conditions that make traditional biking difficult. Now mountain biking isn’t just for the summer months! View Trail Maps >>
Interactive Trail Map
Hiking & Biking Directory
Bear Basin Nordic Center offers 30 K of groomed Nordic trails. Lodge at Little Ski Hill includes food, beer and wine. Only 2 miles West of McCall. A local tradition since 1937!
LODGE HOURS: Tues. thru Sat.: 3:30 am- 8:30 pm. Fri.: 3:30 am – 9:30 pm; Sat: 12:00 am – 9:30 pm.
Brundage Mountain Resort has a special place in the hearts of Idaho snow lovers. Snow conditions are consistently outstanding, which is why Brundage Mountain has earned the reputation for the Best Snow in Idaho™. It’s no secret that the snow is deep and the lift lines are usually short. The mountain gets frequent storms, so skiers and boarders can cruise on freshly groomed runs or search for powder stashes in the trees and bowls.
For beginners, Brundage is one of the best mountains in Idaho to learn on—the drive-up daycare and Kid’s Center makes it easy to get the whole family where they need to go. The Easy Street double chair and Bear Chair triple provide easy access to beginner and advanced beginner terrain close to the Kid’s Center.
A majority of the luxuriously wide groomed runs are rated for intermediates, but experts who like to head off-trail have endless options. Shoot over to the north side of the mountain to Hidden Valley (follow the expert only signs) and go big. Real powder hounds will want to try the backcountry snow-cat program which operates on 18,000 acres of Payette National Forest.
Visit Brundage and you’ll pick up on that authentic Idaho feeling. Just eight miles away, the town of McCall will impress you with its friendly, low-key vibe.
Brundage Mountain has recently acquired ownership of 488 acres at the base area, and future plans include brand-new base area facilities and ski-in, ski-out lodging.
With the best snow in Idaho, a family atmosphere, affordable prices, friendly people, and an uncrowded powder experience, Brundage is a true snowrider’s mountain, poised to become a favorite destination resort.
Smoky’s Bar and Grill Hours:
11:00 am-5:00 pm Winter
11:00 am-6:00 pm Fri, Sat; 11:00 am-6:00 pm Sun. Summer
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am-2:00 pm Summer
Hot Springs, rustic and historical cabin rentals. Burgdorf is scenic, rustic, relaxing, and a West Central Mountain tradition since the 1870’s. Only 32 miles north of McCall. Snacks and beverages available. The pool is open to the public daily 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, with 150 gallons of fresh geothermal water per minute. The pool is all natural and log-lined with gravel at the bottom. Come enjoy! For more information please log onto our website: http://www.burgdorfhotsprings.com. Take the scenic drive up Warren Wagon during the summer, or snowmobile in during the winter. Snowmobilers: Be sure to check grooming report before you come.
Our friendly staff will help you get outdoors in style with our expansive selection of gear, clothing and accessories. We will match you up with your perfect ride from our diverse collection of boards or bikes from the top brands in the industry. From beginners to experts, commuters to competitive athletes, we have something for everyone.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council is a girl-led youth organization that serves more than 4,100 girls throughout southern Idaho and in parts of Northern Nevada and Eastern Oregon. The council, along with a team of 2,300 local volunteers, delivers educational and leadership programs that build girls of courage, confidence, and character who positively impact the communities in which they live.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage operates thee properties in Idaho, including Camp Alice Pittenger in McCall, Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis in Swan Valley, and Friendship Square in Boise. A great place for weddings, retreats, and family reunions, we offer the use of our facilities to all Girl Scout groups, other youth groups, and non-youth groups.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org, or call 208-377-2011. We offer the use of our facilities to Girl Scout groups, youth groups and non-youth groups can call for availability.
Use Our Property as a Rental
Camp Alice Pittenger is just three miles from downtown McCall and offers lodging for up to 40 winter campers. The property is adjacent to Ponderosa State Park with nearby access to Huckleberry Bay Loop and other popular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails.
Camp Alice Pittenger is available for group or individual use and features eight insulated and heated cabins with access to a heated shower house and bathrooms, and a bunkhouse for eight that features a kitchen and multi-stall bathroom and showers. Reservations are currently being taken for dates throughout the winter, including New Year’s weekend and Winter Carnival in McCall. To make your reservation, contact Eric Landaluce at 377-2011 ext. 7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Our Property for a Wedding
Camp Alice Pittenger is a perfect location for a nature wedding with a scenic backdrop. Available to you are eight insulated and heated cabins that sleep four to eight people, O’Conner McFarlan house that can sleep up to ten people with a private kitchen and a shower room, a Lodge that can host large dinner parties and a new multi-stall bathroom and shower house. To book your special day at Camp Alice Pittenger, email Eric Landaluce at email@example.com or call at 208-810-7245 for rates and availability.
Are you a Troop Leader looking for some outdoor fun? Plan your own Girl Scout outdoor adventure at Camp Alice Pittenger! Help her plan and lead her own adventure and team up with other girls in an all-girl outdoor environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most. Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
Not a Girl Scout yet? Not a problem, read about how you can get involved and lead a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success here: http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org/en/about/join.html
Are you an adult with passion for the outdoors? Would you like to mentor and support Girl Scouts to become future leaders? Join 2,300 Girl Scouts adult volunteers and make a world a better place! Read about it here: http://www.girlscouts-ssc.org/en/volunteers/why-volunteer.html
As a cornerstone of McCall’s recreational community, Gravity Sports is a full-service bike and ski shop that sells and rents bikes, flat-water boats, SUPs, camping and hiking gear, skateboards, skis, snowshoes, outdoor clothing and apparel. All of our staff members are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about outdoor sports in McCall. Stop in to get outfitted for your adventure.
Hours of Operation
Peak Season: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5:30 pm
Non-Peak Season: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
“Mountain Recreation Experts” serving McCall since 1979. Committed to quality merchandise and outstanding customer service. Ski, Bike, SUP, water sports, repair and rentals. Fabulous selection of seasonal footwear, sportswear, and sunglasses.
18 Hole Championship Golf Course (public). Summer trails for Mountain biking and walking. Winter trails system – over 18km groomed trails for Nordic skiing and snow shoeing, for all different levels. We are excited to invite fat tire bikers to our groomed trails. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Nordic Center for just $10.00 a day. All of the trails at Jug Mountain are dog friendly, so load up your four legged friend and enjoy a day in the sunshine. Please be sure to check in at the Nordic Center before hitting the trails! And don’t forget summer! Jug Mountain Ranch dining is a treat. Excellent food and and a gorgeous view. You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy! Call 634-5072 for reservations.
McCall Digest is an online community magazine for and about the part of central Idaho that includes the communities of McCall, Donnelly, Cascade, Yellow Pine, New Meadows, Council, Riggins and Grangeville. The region covers Valley, Adams and Idaho counties, the Salmon River Mountains and the Payette National Forest.
A collection of stories highlighting who we are as communities and a region, McCall Digest includes articles on a variety of topics of interest and includes a calendar of local events and activities. It’s a place where community members share stories – about the people, businesses and places that comprise our current culture as well as our history, shining a light on our hopes, inspirations and goals for the future of this region. Visitors to the area can learn about who we are and what our area has to offer as a tourist destination.
Have a story or article idea? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCall Sports Exchange is more than McCall’s only sporting goods consignment store, we also offer the best rates on outdoor rentals in town. From fat bikes to paddle boards we’ll set you and your family up for a fun outing during any season.
Come by to check out our ever changing inventory or just for some local insight, located in the heart of McCall across from Maverik Gas Station
Open 10 am-6 pm seven days a week.
MeadowCreek Golf Resort is a family-oriented golf course located in Idaho’s Heartland close to McCall & Payette Lake.
It is situated at 3,868 feet above sea level in the pine-forested Meadows Valley, West Central Idaho, with the alpine peaks of Granite Mountain and Brundage Mountain Ski Resort reaching skyward more than 7,000 feet in the distance. The golf course weaves in and out of the pine trees and across the verdant meadows offering changing scenery and stimulating golf at every turn.
Facilities include – the Osprey complex with heated swimming pool, cafe & snack bar serving B-W-S (beer, wine, spirits), BBQ facilities, tennis and pickleball courts as well as the 18-hole golf course, driving range, practice green and practice chipping area. RV parking is available.
In the winter months there’s groomed cross-country ski trails, snow-shoeing and sledding. Brundage Mountain is a short drive for downhill skiing enthusiasts.
Mundo Hot Springs and RV Park is located 3 miles North of Cambridge. It is believed that the Geothermal Hot Springs have been used to heat the housing on the property for around 50 years.
The pool is Natural Hot Springs Mineral Water and has no chemicals added.
The Mundo Bistro offers delicious home-made ppecials, salads, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, snacks and beverages.
Our beautiful site along the Weiser River boasts close and easy access to the famous Weiser Trail! The Weiser Trail is 84 miles of ideal biking, hiking, fishing and bird watching adventures! The trail begins in Weiser and continues through the towns of Midvale, Cambridge and Council. Mundo Hot Springs and RV Park is located halfway along the trail.
Recreation abounds in the Cambridge area as it is nestled in the picturesque mountains of Southwestern Idaho. With the ruggedly beautiful Hell’s Canyon of the Snake River just 24 miles to the west on State Hwy 71 there are nearly 100 miles of backwater from the three Idaho Power hydroelectric dams to provide ample space for watercraft enthusiasts and anglers alike!
The Pool House – Sleeps 7, Master Bedroom with bath, Queen Bed and Futon $120 . 2nd Bedroom with shower $80. Hide-a-way bed in the living room. Pool House may be rented as 1-bedroom or as the entire home. Free soaks on both days.
Hostel– Sleeps 7, A single room with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, BBQ and AC. Two Queen beds, 2 Twin beds and one roll-a-way. One shower and a claw-foot tub which has hot spring water. $80 per night.
RV Sites– Includes water, sewer and electric. 30/50 amps $25 (inc tax) per night. Partial sites (water and electric) $22 (inc tax) per night Shady, grassy areas. Showers, restrooms, picnic tables and fire rings.
Tent Sites– Shady, grassy sites. Fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and showers. $13 per night
Hot Springs Soak Pricing
$7 per adult, per soak $6 per Senior, Military, Kids 6-13 years old, per soak 2-5 years $3 under 2 are free Tax included
Yearly Memberships are available!
Hours of Operation
Wednesday & Thursday 4 pm – 8 pm Friday – Sunday noon – 8 pm
p style=”text-align: center;”>Summer Hours– open until 9 pm on weekends if busy
FREE WI FI!
On Highway 95, 1 mile north of Cambridge there is a sign that directs you to turn on Bain Road and then directs you to Mundo Hot Springs
Planning an event?
We would love to help you settle into the perfect destination for everyone! From a bike race to a wedding, a family reunion or just a weekend getaway, we are the place! With the Weiser River Trail close by, hot springs, fishing, rafting and wildlife watching we are a great place to be so that everyone has something fun to do!
Spanning four season in a single day, visitors can explore the contrasts of the Payette National Forest. With 2.3 million acres of public land, our deep canyons to crisp alpine lakes make up the centerpiece of outdoor recreation in Idaho’s Heartland. This spectacular land is bordered by two of the deepest canyons in North America: the Salmon River Canyon to the north, and Hells Canyon to the west. To the east lies the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, one of the largest congressionally-designated wilderness areas in the lower 48. Connected with other public lands, the forest is part of an expansive and uninterrupted landscape that provides superb habitat for an exceptional array of big game, upland birds, and other wildlife. The forest is nationally recognized for dramatic landscapes, from craggy mountain peaks and shimmering lakes to plummeting river canyons. Vast expanses of back country provide solitude, although facilities and amenities are nearby. Come and visit your national forest!
Come join us for a powder skiing experience you’ll never forget! Located in the heart of Idaho’s West Central Mountains, we have thousands of acres of untracked powder, literally, in our backyard. We have two yurts located on Lick Creek Summit (elevation 6930′ ) and have miles of skiing just out the door. From mellow burned tree glades to the stuff most of us only dream of….the steep and deep….Lick Creek has it all! Access is by snowmobile, snowcat, or an easy eleven mile ski up a snow covered county road.
So get your friends together and give us a call and sign up for your winter adventure today….
Beautiful Payette Lake is the centerpiece of Ponderosa State Park, located in the heart of one of Idaho’s most popular year-round destinations. Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist around an evening campfire, let the kids ride to the Visitor Center for ice cream treats, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the Payette River, snowshoe on a groomed trail or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view.
Salmon River Wilderness Jet Boat Tour
Take an adventure on one of our jet boats for a memorable and exhillerating ride through the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness, where photo opportunities seem to be everywhere as you pass through the beautiful Salmon River canyon. The jet boat captain will stop at some of the historical sites along the way, sharing knowledge about the Native American Tribes, the gold rush and mountain men that lived here. Our clients will be encouraged to enjoy many of the pristine white sandy beaches of the Salmon River where you can swim or relax. We journey up the Salmon to historical homesteads of the famous Polly Bemis, Buckskin Bill and William Mackay. We have specialty private charters such as Eagle watching, Photography Trips and wine tasting excursions. Experience the river that turned Lewis and Clark back with a scenic jet boat tour of the famous “River of No Return”.
Ram House Lodge at Mackay Bar
If you have been feeling like you and your loved ones are a little too “plugged in and unconnected” you need to visit the Ram House lodge on Mackay Bar. You will renew family ties with good conversations, nature walks, and evenings around a campfire. Everyone can go their own way during the day and then regroup at mealtimes to relive their adventures. You can make your stay as relaxing or active as you want and will always be surrounded by Salmon River serenity. You can relax on the deck or play along the rivers edge or you may choose to explore additional sites such as a Buckskin Bills historic homestead and the blue ribbon trout fishing of the South Fork. The Ram House Lodge has 43 acres of private land for you and your family to enjoy on Mackay Bar. Whether your looking for stress relief or adventure, the Ram House Lodge on Mackay Bar is the perfect retreat.
Tamarack Resort is a four-season resort that’s just a quick drive South of McCall in Donnelly. Tamarack Resort is the Treasure Valley’s closest mountain resort with lodging and snowmaking, which makes the snow conditions more reliable, even when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver. Tamarack lifts turn 7 days a week from 9A.M. until 4P.M. throughout ski season. During the summer, the resort is home to mountain biking, hiking, rafting, ziplines and watersports on Lake Cascade.
Tamarack offers 1,020 skiable acres to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels. The Tamarack Snow Sports School has a knowledge and experienced staff of skier and snowboarders to teach first-timers, as well as the more advanced who are looking for a new challenge or to improve their abilities.
With many lodging options available, Tamarack can accommodate anywhere from small gatherings to large groups. The resort offers everything from hotel rooms at the luxurious Lodge at Osprey Meadows to Estate Homes that easily accommodate up to 16 guests. Cozy cottages, plush chalets, and townhomes are also available on site for groups of all sizes.
Tamarack also offers a variety of dining options in the base area, including Hot Shots Coffee Bar, which offers a fresh variety of coffees, teas and natural juices, as well as a tasty selection of breakfast items. Canoe Grill and Vertical Bar serves up a delicious menu of mouthwatering burgers, chili, soups and fresh salads, while Vertical Bar offers a signature Bloody Mary, a great local craft beer selection and more. Seven Devils Pub features a full-service bar and a fresh gastro-pub style menu. The Packer’s Station Warming Hut is a quaint yurt located at mid-mountain that’s a great spot to stop in for a quick refreshment while on the slopes.
Dining Hours of Operation:
Seven Devils Pub: Open Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day, and Thanksgiving to Early April (closed in shoulder seasons)
Hot Shots Coffee Bar: Monday-Sunday: 8AM to 3PM (winter only)*
Canoe Grill: Thursday- Sunday 11AM to 3PM (winter only)
Vertical Bar: Thursday- Sunday 10AM to 3:30PM (winter only)
Mile High Cantina: Friday- Sunday: 11AM to 3PM (winter only)
In July of 2004, a citizens group formed the Valley County Pathways Committee. For many years, people from different areas in Long Valley have thought about the potential of developing a valley-wide pathway system that could be used for walking, biking, running, roller-blading, horseback riding, commuting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Most of this effort was focused in McCall. The Valley County Pathways Committee created an organization that would make a pathways system possible throughout the Long Valley region.
VC Pathways has a county-approved pathways master plan that envisions more than 100 miles of pedestrian pathways between McCall and Cascade, including the prospect of revitalizing an old railroad right of way that runs the length of Long Valley, and building trails around Payette Lake and Lake Cascade.
Why is it important for Valley County to develop a valley-wide pathway system?
Research and experience related to existing pedestrian pathway and greenway systems across the United States indicate that pathways create multiple public benefits:
-Create new opportunities for recreation and for people to commute to work or shopping areas without using fossil fuels.
-Boost local economies.
-Provide transportation links to culturally or historically valuable areas.
-Tie together parks, schools, waterways and communities.
-Create opportunities for people to improve physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.
-Enhance a community’s quality of life.
-Preserve open space corridors.
The 2000 Leisure Travel and Recreation Study, performed for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, shows that hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are among the most important recreation pursuits by residents and non-residents. The 2002 Idaho Outdoor Recreation Survey shows that Idaho residents enjoy hiking and biking more than any other recreation activities. Clearly, there is strong public demand from residents and non-residents for the type of recreation opportunities that will be accessible to the public via the Valley County Pathways System.
-Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest
-Bureau of Reclamation
-Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
-Valley County Commissioners
-Jeff McFadden, Valley County Road Superintendent
-City of McCall
-City of Donnelly
-City of Cascade
Yellow Pine is an unincorporated census-designated place in Valley County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 32.
Home to the annual YELLOW PINE MUSIC & HARMONICA FESTIVAL: yellowpinefestival.org
ATV-UTV rides, rallies and so much more! ypescapade.org
Create Space to Center is our Motto – Here are some ways we can help you do that!
Private Yoga Class – Call 208-315-0820 to book. Thursdays are the best McCall days but we can see what the universe aligns.
– For an Individual: You will take your practice to the next level with custom alignments and hands on adjustments. You get a Thai Massage in Shavasana!
– For a Group: Elizabeth is a amazing teachers/international guide and is known for her ability to “de-armor” people so they have way more fun! She specializes in connecting families and groups of ladies so make sure to add this to your vacation “Must Do” list.
Reiki Healing Sessions – 75 minutes $55 – This is an healing experience that will help you relax your mind and body. It is seriously beyond words…
– In Riggins: At the Inbody Healing Room 100 N Main St – Call 208-315-0820 to book
– In McCall: At Tantra Power Yoga – Only available certain days of the week.
Retreats – Yoga Inbody offers yoga retreats and international expeditions to help you get in your body so you can have more fun in life. Check out http://www.inbodyexpeditions.com for photos of our international adventures. This summer we have 2 rafting yoga retreat still open! Plus an ACRO yoga workshop locally in McCall, click the Yoga Play link below.
– Salmon River Rafting, Wine & Yoga: July 9th-12th, 2018
– Hells Canyon Rafting Yoga Retreat: September 13th – 16th, 2018
– Yoga Play Summer Workshop Series: Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 starting July 19th. https://www.facebook.com/events/192095824947857/
– Reiki Retreats and Trainings – Check out http://www.yogainbody.com for Fall courses
– Peru Yoga Retreat: February 23rd – March 1st, 2019
– Nepal Annapurna Base Camp Trek: October 22nd – November 1st, 2019
– Peaceful Power – Women’s only empowerment retreat – 2019 dates will be released soon.
Inbody Hideaways Vacation Rental – On the Salmon River in Riggins, Idaho (45 min from McCall)
– Check availability of VRBO https://www.vrbo.com/482517?unitId=1065698 (Search Inbody Hideaway in Riggins)
– This is the location of the 2-4 person private yoga retreats. You can do a 24 hour MINI Yoga retreat to connect to center! Call for dates 208-315-0820.
– Morning meditation (with tips for total beginners)
– 2 Yoga classes daily
– Creative Workshop Lessons
– Outdoor Activities
– Beach time on white sand beach
– Restorative Yoga for relaxing both body and mind
– 3 Organic and delicious meals each day (People rave about our menu)