“An out and back ride through a burned, but regenerating, forest with beautiful alpine meadows.”
— Chris Wandervans
This trail is mellow for the first three miles and then you'll come to a junction for 20 Mile Lakes. Do not go to the lakes! Stay straight at the junction and you'll begin to climb and find more challenging sections as you pick your way through the rocks. There are plenty of large rocks to keep you busy on this trail. You'll continue to climb through pine forests and alpine meadows until the trail reaches a saddle. At this point, you need to decide if you want to descend to Duck Lake or turn around and head back to the car. The descent to the lake it challenging, plus you need to climb back up. The descent to the car is an absolute blast. So, it all depends on how you are feeling.
Duck Lake is a great scenic spot and worth the stop if you have the energy to make it. Much of the area burned in the Blackwell and Corral wildfires of 1994 and the vegetation is regenerating nicely.
Check with the Payette National Forest office or Gravity Sports for the trail condition. The burned out trees often fall across the trail and you might run into several downed trees.
There are several spots where the trail has creek or spring water for dogs too!
Remember that the trail as mapped is for the climb only so the actual trail length is double what is shown here.