“Alpine glades with super fun singletrack, all at a mellow grade both out and back on the lollipop.”
— Wayne Ruemmele
The grades aren't too steep, but if they are, just turn around and rip the singletrack back to the Corrals. Fun factor 10 on all parts.
Snow is the only restriction.
This trail is what Bend used to be prior to being developed. There are open meadows, vistas of Payette Lake, mellow grades and deer and elk all around. The trail borders and enters into the USFS land periodically, but mainly stays on IDL lands on the rim above the lake.
There are a few rock gardens on the way down...all do-able for the more experienced riders, but also an easy walk-around for anyone else. There is also a luge-track just before connecting the lollipop loop back. Let it fly!
Need to Know
When you top out the singletrack at the top vista, hang a right on the doubletrack to find the trail again. This is unmarked. When you join the road briefly, look for the trail heading back right into the trees with a slight uphill grade. Signage is a problem on this trail due to the mixed land management.
From McCall, ride out west on Hwy 55 northbound to Pueblo Lindo restaurant and hop on the Bear Basin Connector
. At the upper end of the connector, turn right (north) on Brundage Lookout Road and continue until you arrive at the eastern trailhead for the Bear Basin trail network. Continue another 200 yards on the road and you'll see the singletrack begin on your right.
OR drive north on Hwy 55 approximately a mile after Pueblo Lindo restaurant on the north side of the road. Turn right on Brundage Lookout Road - FS Road 451. Go approximately 1.5 miles to an obvious trailhead with log fencing. This is usually called "the corrals" and is also a trailhead for the Bear Basin trail area. Bear Basin is also a great way to spend a few hours on some of the best singletrack in the valley. Park here.
Ride north on FS Road 451 and then head immediately east (right) and descend an un-named road visible from the parking area. Look for the singletrack taking off to the left in a few hundred yards on this second road. The Payette Rim Trail singletrack now climbs for a bit, then descends slightly before rolling along for several miles.
At mile 7, you'll get to a creek deep enough to ride through, but wide enough to get your feet wet. DO NOT CROSS THE CREEK. Before the creek, look at the uphill side to see the singletrack climbing away back toward the southwest. This portion climbs steeply to a logging road. Bear left on the fresh logging road to arrive at a yurt platform.
From the yurt, turn north again on another fresh logging road and look for the singletrack to begin again on your left at the top of the ridgeline. Continue to climb the singletrack and you'll emerge on USFS Road 451
, but only for 25 feet, before ducking into the trees again and continuing the singletrack climb. Now, at mile 8.5, you'll top out at FS 459 Red Gate Road
and begin descending.
At mile 9.8, look for the large granite cairn which marks the beginning of the descending singletrack. At mile 11, you'll cross the creek from above. Continue out the now familiar singletrack and backtrack to the center of town. Go have a beer, you just finished the Payette Rim ride from town and didn't get lost!
History & Background
This trail is the result of a lot of work from the local mountain bike crew. They've put tons of time into making this what it is. Please respect the trail, others and feel free to clear some sticks out of the trail every so often.