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Kennally Lakes Loop

 5 votes

22.8 Miles 36.7 Kilometers



2,849' 868 m


-2,838' -865 m


7,918' 2,413 m


5,464' 1,666 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (29°)

Bad / Closed

55 days agoUpdate

An epic alpine lakes route.

Chris Wandervans


Can be snowbound until July.
This loop passes countless alpine lakes and takes you up into the high country just outside of McCall. If you have done the Loon Lake Loop and found it too easy, then this loop will be just perfect for someone looking for more challenge and better scenery.
Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

This is a remote backcountry ride where you'll likely only see people on the road, so any group will need to be self-sufficient.


The ride begins at the Kennally Creek Campground due to the large parking lot located at the trailhead for the North Fork Kennally Creek. You can begin the ride at any point along the dirt road if you want to save some dirt road driving.

From the campground, you'll have about 6 miles of dirt road riding with nothing very steep or challenging. You'll start on FS388 and pass numerable spur roads before coming to the turn for FS390. Once on FS390 you'll climb up along Rapid Creek to the beginning of the Paddy Flat/Lake Fork Creek Trail.

The Paddy Flat/Lake Fork Creek Trail starts at the end of the road and climbs gradually at first and takes you through some thick woods and boggy sections. Luckily, there are some bridges over the muck. As the trail climbs, it will dry and smooth out. There are a couple of steep climbs that mellow out afterwards. From there, you'll have one final steep climb into the basin before seeing Boulder Lake. Boulder Lake has excellent fishing and swimming and is worth the short trip down.

At the end of Paddy Flat/Lake Fork Creek Trail, you'll turn onto the North Fork Kennally Creek. From the junction, the trail climbs through open meadows into an alpine area. The tree cover thins out as you climb away from Boulder Lake and into another Lake Basin. As you climb, you'll pass a number of creeks and small lakes. There may be a smattering of fish depending on the year if you want to try some fishing. There are also some side trails to lakes if you feel like seeing all of them. The climbing will vary in difficulty until you reach a summit after a last hard stretch.

From here, the trail will descend to a bench area before descending through a number of steep switchbacks. At the end of the steep switchbacks, the trail mellows. Now it is a gradual descent to the road, but a very long descent. This last area can be buggy if you stop and keep and eye out for moose on the trail.


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Jul 20, 2016
Brian Rodine
Jul 2, 2015
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Bad / Closed 55 days ago
Fallen Trees - Unrideable for a good portion due to downfall, erosion and recent fires. 10+ miles of hike a bike.
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Brian Rodine
Vail, CO
Brian Rodine   Vail, CO
Heavy equestrian use on the Rapid Lakes climb combined with some trail re-routing is making for a lot of loose steep hike a bike sections on the climb. Lake views at Boulder, Rapid are worth it. Go for a swim. September 2015 fire on East side of Kennally Summit has made it un rideable for a few miles, and trail is gone. Be prepared for routefinding, heavy downfall, thick ash if you try to go this route. Would recommend turning back at summit and riding as out and back until further notice. Beautiful terrain, noone around! Jul 28, 2016

This loop is only about 50% ridable. Even outside of the burnt upper Kennally creek valley, the rock-strewn moto-ruts will have you carrying your bike, or walking out with a broken collarbone. You can slap "double diamonds" on the north face of Everest, and rave about the views, but it doesn't make it a quality bike ride. Aug 1, 2016
This is not a mountain bike trail - leave the bike a home and plan to walk. I say less than 50% ridable terrain at best. This trail should be removed from this site. Aug 4, 2017

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