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Trail Conditions Report (Last Updated 6/22/24 10:03AM MDT)

Downhill trails are strictly downhill travel only, no hiking allowed.

  • Upper Elk Trail: OPEN
  • Middle Elk Trail: OPEN
  • Lower Elk Trail: OPEN
  • Wildcat: OPEN
  • Grouse: CLOSED
  • High Voltage: OPEN
  • Lower Hidden Valley: OPEN
  • Upper Hidden Valley: CLOSED
  • Zorro: OPEN

All XC Bike Trails are also open to Hikers. Please Be Aware of Other Users.

  • Growler: OPEN
  • Lakeview Vista: OPEN
  • Rock Garden: OPEN
  • Black Bear: CLOSED
  • Greenhorn: CLOSED
  • Hammerhead: OPEN
  • Roller Coaster: CLOSED
  • Thorn Creek: OPEN

Closed-toe shoes recommended! There are currently no dog friendly trails open.

  • Hidden Valley Overlook: CLOSED
  • Lookout Trail: CLOSED
  • Black Bear: CLOSED
  • Cat Track (Mountain Road): OPEN

10AM - 4:30PM

  • Bluebird Express OPEN

The Easy Street 9 is available for preview play. Signage and course maintenance are on-going. Please use UDISC App to navigate the course.

  • Easy Street 9 OPEN
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McCall Hiking at Brundage Mountain

Brundage Mountain Hiking Trails

McCall Hiking at Brundage Mountain

Brundage Mountain is a beautiful place to explore on foot, with hiking options to fit every level of fitness and ambition. Ride Bluebird Express to the summit before descending 3.1 miles down South Lodge Lane to the base area (or hike up AND down for a 6.2 mile adventure). For a shorter but still stunning hike on the summit, try our Hidden Valley Overlook trail, which is 2/3 of a mile out and back.

Before heading out for a hike, please check the Summer Trail Report for trail status and closures.

Learn more below about our McCall hiking options.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Base Area Hiking Options

Multi-Use Trails Offer a Multitude of Options

There are several base area trails to enjoy the shady beauty of the mountain. 

The Greenhorn, Hammerhead and Thorn Creek trails were built for XC Mountain Bikers, but these trails are equally as charming for those exploring on foot. You can find the Greenhorn Trail at the West End of the Main Parking Lot.

Greenhorn is a relatively flat trail, which switches back through a mostly-shaded forest. 

After about a mile, the trail crosses over the entrance road and offers an option to take a loop on Hammerhead, or veer left onto Thorn Creek.

The Thorn Creek option creates a nearly 3-mile hike, adding in Hammerhead brings the round-trip described here up to 3.5 miles. 

Both Hammerhead and Thorn Creek are mostly shaded and relatively flat trails, lined with huckleberry bushes.

The Thorn Creek section is especially calming and cool, between the gurgle of the creek and the lush greenery surrounding it.

The Thorn Creek section ends at a spot that will look familiar to our winter visitors. It meets Black Bear at the bottom of the Bear and Centennial Chairlifts. (Black Bear is the solid blue line on the map above).

Most people will choose to head left or North at this point, back up toward the lower parking lot, and eventually to the main lodge area.


Those interested in a longer hike can turn right and head up Black Bear for a longer loop or even explore the Growler trail, which offers some lovely south-facing views. Please be aware that the trails on this loop are also open to mountain bikers and dogs are NOT allowed on Growler or any of the ‘mountain’ trails, only the flatter, base area trails.


Short but Stunning Hike to Hidden Valley Overlook

Hidden Valley Overlook offers 360 Degrees of WOW!

From the top of the Bluebird Express, turn left (North) and look for the trailhead sign just beyond the Ski Patrol HQ Cabin. This short trail (.3 miles each way) is a short hike with huge rewards.

Enjoy views of Hidden Valley, Granite Mountain, and the Seven Devils to the North, the Salmon River Mountains to the East and the Payette Lakes to the Southeast…all from one gorgeous spot!

Lookout Trail = Easy Access to the Best View of the Valley

Stroll To the Brundage Fire Lookout on the Lookout Trail

From the top of the Bluebird Express, turn right (South) and look for the trailhead sign just beyond the Restroom Cabin. The Lookout Trail is rocky but relatively flat.

The short trip along the summit ridge to the Lookout is blanketed with wildflowers and wrapped in stellar views. Peek to the East for vistas of the Lick Creek/Salmon River mountains.

As you head South along the short trail, you’ll find a variety of wildflowers and small wildlife.

As you draw closer to the Lookout itself, more expansive views of Payette Lake, Little Payette Lake, McCall and Long Valley come into focus.

Please note: The Brundage Lookout is an active Forest Service Fire Lookout. There is a viewing platform that is open to the public, but the tower itself is not open to the public. Please be respectful of the fact that the lookout itself serves as someone’s residence and active workplace.

For the return part of the hike, you can either re-trace your steps or go down to South Lodge Lane, a wider jeep road. There, you’ll find the historic Brundage Lookout Residence, which dates to 1914 and was at one time the sleeping quarters for the lookout staff. The current lookout tower was constructed in 1982 and includes sleeping quarters.

Stretch Your Legs With a Long, Lovely Lakeview Loop

Lakeview Vista: Views Worth Every Step

Those looking for a bigger challenge now have more options at Brundage Mountain. Several multi-use trails are now open to hikers, including Black Bear, Growler and the spectacular Lakeview Vista.

Lakeview Vista is a two-way trail, but our favorite way to enjoy this south-side stunner is this route:

Ride the BlueBird Express to the summit, head South on South Lodge lane, (below the Centennial Terminal) watch for signs pointing you left on FS road 456. (The signs say “Lakeview Vista”).

This section of the hike is a bit over a mile, and while it’s mostly on a jeep road, it offers some pretty cool views of the Payette Lakes and the unique White Bark Pine trees along the way.

Once you hook into the Lakeview Vista trail, you’re in for a 2.8 mile pleasure cruise with spectacular views. This trail is shared use, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for mountain bikers. It’s got good sight lines and plenty of room to step aside, so this is an easy trail to share. 


Be on the lookout for wildflowers, lake and mountain views, and also for the helmet tree! It’s new on the scene but already giving the wintertime ‘bra tree’ a run for its money!

The trail winds out to a scenic knob, then under the Lakeview Chairlift. There are several areas where logs or rocks provide a nice spot for a scenic snack break. 


Once you reach the Growler Trail crossing, you can stay to the right on the Lakeview access road (it’s a wide jeep road) for about a quarter mile until you run back into South Lodge Lane.



At that point, you have a choice: either hike 1.7 miles down to the base area on South Lodge Lane, OR, for a bigger challenge, head UP South Lodge Lane 1.5 miles back to the summit and return to the base by riding the BlueBird Express back down with a cool breeze in your hair.

Total distance: 5.3 or 5.5 miles, depending on the last leg (the 5.5 mile option is actually easier because it’s all downhill.) This hike takes 3+ hours at a moderate pace. If you are a photo taker, be sure to allow extra time. You will surely be distracted by all there is to see!

All Mountain Hiking on South Lodge Lane

Hike the Whole Mountain on South Lodge Lane – 6.2 or 3.1 miles

Those looking for an ambitious hike can climb South Lodge Lane 3.1 miles from the base area to the 7,640 foot Brundage Mountain Summit, then descend the same trail for an additional 3.1 miles.

This mountain road is wide and traverses some of the most beautiful parts of Brundage Mountain. Watch for wildlife as you meander around the Bear Chair knob, this is a popular place to spot deer and elk!

Soon after, you’ll reach Temptation saddle, which offers satisfying views of Payette Lake to the South. A push to the summit reaps the ultimate rewards – 360 degrees of beauty and a legitimate claim that you ‘summited’ Brundage Mountain!

Another option for this hike is to take the Bluebird Express to the summit, then descend 3.1 miles on South Lodge Lane. Either way, you’ll want to pack some water and snacks for your epic journey!

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Goose Creek Trailhead – 1 mile from Brundage Mountain

The Goose Creek Trail is a popular out-and-back hike to Goose Creek Falls. The trail head is located at the western end of the Gordon Titus High Elevation Parking lot, off of Goose Lake Road. Enjoy this hike as part of your Brundage Mountain adventure!

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