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Blackwell Lake Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A route with easy access to a rugged ascent and alpine Lake with a fast ATV doubletrack descent.


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10.1

Miles

16.2

KM

65%

Singletrack

7,003' 2,135 m

High

5,545' 1,690 m

Low

1,775' 541 m

Up

1,771' 540 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Check with the Payette National Forest service for trail conditions.

Overview

This is a route that gives you a very rugged back country feel that is just minutes from town. The rock formations and granite views are spectacular as well as great views of Payette Lake. This is not a heavily travled area by bike, and don't expect to see anyone on the Fall Creek Trail #107, But the Crestline Trail #109 will have ATV traffic.

Overall very little walking required, but may run into deadfall.

Description

Heading north on Eastside Dr. 1/4 mile from the Lick Creek Rd intersection will be a right hand turn with a well visible sign noting the Crestline Trailhead. 1.8 miles up the road is the parking lot.

Clockwise works best to avoid the steep ATV trail climbing.

From the parking lot head north up the dirt road (Fall Creek #107) past a gate that closes the trail to motor vehicles. This fire road will turn into singletrack. At 3/4 mile there is a washed out bridge that requires a crossing that may be difficult in spring conditions. The trail surface will continue to be shale for the first two miles, and then turn into dirt. As you ascend you'll enjoy great views of little Payette as well as Payette lake. At mile 3 there is a U turn where the surrounding terrain becomes heavily wooded and the trail can be prone to fallen logs the remaining way until the summit. It also turns more technical with boulders on the trail that can be ridden by advanced riders.

At mile 6 stay right at the junction to Box Lake, and Blackwell lake will be around the corner. There is another river crossing and it then you'll turn onto Crestline Trail #109. This is a smooth doubletrack trail with some punchy climbing for the first two miles heading out of the lake basin and to a small summit. From the summit it is fast smooth and somewhat chewed up from ATV use, but the climbing is over. At various intersections stay to the right back to the parking lot.

Overall if you enjoy a variety of riding from Technical singletrack, to possible un-maintained hike a bike, to smooth ATV doubletrack, and some pristine alpine granite basin views, you'll enjoy this trail.

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Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 14 votes

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Photos

Blackwell Lake
Aug 2, 2018 near McCall, ID
Mid-summer afterwork lap on Blackwell Lake trail
Jul 22, 2020 near McCall, ID
Overlooking the valley and lakes
Nov 23, 2016 near McCall, ID
View of Payette Lake from the trail.
Aug 2, 2016 near McCall, ID
View up to Blackwell Lake and a good shot of the wide doubletrack with decent ATV traffic.
Aug 2, 2016 near McCall, ID
Nice singletrack as you transition to the alpine, rugged trail.
Aug 2, 2016 near McCall, ID

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Oct 31, 2020
Wayne R
Really nice. Still a little overgrown on the northern portion, but someone hacked back the worst of the brush. — 2h 30m
Sep 18, 2020
C Ricker
Aug 15, 2020
Torin F
Tough. Very dusty. 10.1mi
Jun 27, 2020
OLIVIER CHATEL
Aug 4, 2018
Preston Rufe
Aug 2, 2018
Sean Becker
Dry, smokey but the trail was clear 10.5mi
Jul 7, 2018
Sam Thompson
Definitely a lot of type 2 fun. A fun section of overgrown synanothos and downed tree hopping. However you are rewarded with a lake swim. Enjoy 9.5mi
Oct 6, 2017
Jed Clawson