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Loon Lake Loop

Intermediate
 4.1 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A stunningly scenic ride through Ruby Meadows to Loon Lake and beyond.


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Map Key

26.2

Miles

42.1

KM

40%

Singletrack

6,372' 1,942 m

High

5,528' 1,685 m

Low

1,661' 506 m

Up

1,660' 506 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

An absolutely gorgeous high alpine ride, the shoreline of Loon Lake makes for a perfect lunch spot at the midpoint of this adventurous loop. The views of the crystal clear lake water and distant mountain peaks are well worth the long fire road return.

Need to Know

This loop has a bit of a reverse layout in that after a few initial climbs and descent to the lake, the ride ends with a nine mile stretch of gravel road to complete the loop. The grade is moderate, but vehicle traffic along the road can make things quite dusty.

Description

From the small parking area off of Warren Wagon Road, start up the wide doubletrack heading due south. As you travel through Ruby Meadows you'll grunt up two steep climbs topping 6300 feet within the first four miles of the ride. Following the sign to Loon Lake, starting to descend toward Willow Basket Creek. After a few miles of nice downhill with some switchbacks and technical stretches, the trail opens up to a large grassy meadow. Here the trail can be wet and there are a few short bridges to cross.

Coming to a trail junction in the meadow, turn right on the Loon Lake Trail and follow the trail just under two miles to the northern shoreline of the lake. Stop for a rest and take in the views of the peaks across the lake. Retrace your route back to the meadow junction. Turn right and the trail heads due east along Loon Creek toward the Secesh River. When you reach the river cross the bridge to the east side and turn north. From here it's approximately four miles to the Chinook Campground. From the campground, take the dirt access road to connect back up with Warren Wagon Road and make the long return up the mild uphill grade back to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Anthony Harasimowicz

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 17 votes

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  4.1 from 17 votes
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Photos

Taking in the gorgeous lake and mountain views from the shoreline of Loon Lake.
Aug 2, 2013 near McCall, ID
Loon Lake Bomber.
Jul 19, 2015 near McCall, ID
Traveling clockwise from the campground, following the river
Jun 10, 2018 near McCall, ID

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Aug 1, 2020
Craig Parker
EMTB ride today. Trail in good condition. A few downed trees to port over. Not one other rider out today. 24mi — 1h 45m
Jul 8, 2019
Brian Baugh
Easy to miss trail to loon lake 26.2mi
Jul 7, 2019
Brian Baugh
Jul 17, 2018
Jeremy St Clair
High Adventure 2018. Took a wrong turn early and added a few up hill miles to the ride. 30.9mi
Jul 10, 2018
Andy Flores
Sep 26, 2017
TJ Brady
Unbelievable fall ride. Trail was pretty tacky after the recent rains. Colors are popping! Get out there while you can. 26.2mi
Jul 5, 2017
Chad Hackley
Actually from Warren Summit to Hetinger ranch 36mi — 3h 10m
Jun 23, 2017
David Morrison