Trail #081 continues left and leads to a formal camp spot tucked in the woods. In the nick of time, they spotted Loon Lake: frozen over and just spacious enough to attempt a landing. The eight men aboard all survived — … Me and two co-workers riding Loon Lake Trail near McCall Idaho in July 2008. Potable water, picnic tables, and outdoor vault toilets are available. Note that if you want to access the bomber its on the South side of the lake, and that last mile of trail is rocky and common with several down trees so it can turn into a hike a bike at times. A few days before our trip, we went shopping as a family to pick our food. Pretty wobbly. Boasting a 10+ mile hike, spectacular scenery, the quaint mountain lake is punctuated with a long abandoned ghost plane stashed at the leeward shore. There are a few inclines going this way, but they were steep. Loon Lake Loop Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Warren, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Great hike in mid September. So planes are special to our family. Crumpled aluminum indicated where trees had slowed the plane to its final resting place. Humans have destroyed the bomber and sadly it’s nothing more than a shell. We did the loop and and on the way back the trail got narrow a bit and at times the trail had a high cliff going down to the river. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including bream/bluegill, crappie and perch here. In February of 1943, a B-23 Bomber got lost in the snowy mountains of Idaho. Maybe this is better in the summer if the water in the lake drops, but definetly don't recommend this trail as it stands now. Although there are trails in this area, they are often not maintained, so can be hard to follow at times. Its got all the makings for a winning trip. Contact the McCall Ranger Station, Payette National Forest, Idaho, telephone #208 634-0400 for maps, fire info, and camp ground availability. Still a great day, and we could see the tail section from across the lake. Fortunately, the Secesh River Trail sports spectacular views (and modern day technology is quick to answer “are we there yet…how much longer”?). Don't do this in June if you want to see the plane! This way we would have to say was much harder and longer. We came in on the west side of the lake (the so called easier route). On January 29, 1943, the B-23 "Dragon Bomber" went down at Loon Lake (elevation 5,280') with eight men aboard. The rest of the hike is very maintained and easy. Wedged within the trees and tall grass near the shore of Loon Lake in Idaho’s Payette National Forest is the wreck of a Douglas B-23 “Dragon Bomber,” a military aircraft that … The left trail (#080, Secesh River Trail) is 6-miles long and casually follows the cascading Secesh River for 4-miles before it crosses a bridge and climbs stoutly up trail #084 out of the river basin to Loon Lake. Seventy-five years ago, a B-23 Dragon bomber crashed on the south shore of Idaho’s Loon Lake in the middle of winter. Trail 81, on the other hand, takes you uphill right away and then gradually descends to Loon Lake over 5 miles. It is about a mile, either way, to the bomber crash site from the Loon Lake outlet. There is no cell phone service in the area. On the way back, I followed the trail and it leads to a log that crosses over the creek and back to the campsite. The trail returning to Chinook C.G. Loon Lake is close to B 23 Crash Site. A quarter-mile hike along a dusty trail cut deep into the grassy meadow led us to the lake proper, where the trail forked once again. Bonus points: Burgdorf is 7 miles down the road from the trailhead and another mile down the gravel strip where the pavement and gravel meet. A family’s first backpacking trip is an Idaho rite of passage. Fun trail :) easy to follow, we went left on the way there and took the same way back, a little steep part but overall not bad. The “last portion” or our first portion was on a cliff edge with little to no shade. Trails were well maintained, but exposed because of the fire, so it was HOT. Short of fuel, the eight-man crew searched desperately for a place to touch down. After the CCC bridge you are following the river on a cliff edge “the beginning if you are starting in that direction” this way is much more of a rocky trail than the other side. https://youtu.be/p89uc9RyEco. Get Directions Add a photo Share Check in. We went clockwise. Start planning your Idaho adventure. Wyoming. Idaho Department of Commerce - Tourism Development. The other option is to follow an unmanaged footpath along the eastern shore. It was tough when the trail was so narrow. Perhaps no other kind of trip can test your bushcraft, parenting skills and a child’s patience, all within a 24-hour window. It has an area of 166 acres (0.7 km 2) and more than 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of shoreline. Depending on the seasons' snowfall, the trails are usually clear by July and open through September, sometimes a little longer. Beautiful lake! Driving up from Boise, we found the last spot at the upper lot, pulled our gear out of the rig and strapped the kids with their school daypacks filled with clothing for the night. We didn't make it to the plane due to flooding. The turn-of-the-century ghost town sits 8-miles down the road and boasts one of Idaho’s best hot spring destinations. Loon Lake is covered by the Loon Lake, ID US Topo Map quadrant Mean Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft.) Maximum Depth: 5.2 m (17.0 ft.) Shoreline Length: 3.1 km (1.9 mi.) A wildfire burned much of this area a few years ago so while the shade is not as dense as it once was, the area is recovering nicely. Elevation: +1,010/1 ft. Total: 19 riders . Wild animals, including moose, elk, deer, bear, wolves, cougars, river otters, pine marten, and others are in the area. We vowed we would not return that way. This trial was a good one. You want to go towards duck lake when you get to that fork. They were recharged and ready to make the trek around the lake to the abandoned bomber buried in the trees on the south shore. This is one of our favorite “local” rides, it’s a 3 hr drive each way for us but it’s something we try to do once a year. The first portion of the trail was beaten down well, boulders stick out of the trail, but easy to walk over. The production run was short-lived and the B-23 was replaced with bigger and better. With heightened anticipation, our troop made quick work of trail #084. This lake is 37 acres in size. Trail head parking is free. You will be hiking through mud and swampy areas. I would recommend going counter clockwise. This is a fee campground and currently costs $10 per day. It's a really gorgeous hike, though, and *well* worth the time and effort. Moose cows with calves may attack anything. Despite the destruction I would highly recommend the trip around the lake to the crash site. The most important thing to know when taking this trail is that it will be longer than you think and will take you more time than you probably thought it woud, depending of course on group endurance and number of breaks taken. The trail head to Loon Lake is accessible via an easy drive from McCall, Idaho. Enjoy this upper trail that is part of the larger Loon Lake Loop when combined with Loon Creek Trail.The trail connects you to Victor Creek south and Ruby Meadows Trail as well as Duck Lake Trail and Loon Creek Trail at the gorgeous shoreline of Loon Lake. It is approximately 36 feet deep at its deepest point. My group of 4 preferred Trail 80 overall, which is the one that follows Secesh River. The plane was returning to McChord Field in Tacoma, Washington from a training mission in Nevada when it flew into a heavy snow storm near Pendleton, Oregon. We had to keep moving out of the way for Motorbikes. We left our Boise house on Saturday morning, got to the trailhead by 3 P.M. and were at camp by 6 P.M. We left the following afternoon at 2 P.M. and were back home by 7 P.M. As a parent, you play the role of expedition leader, entertainment coordinator, camp chef, storyteller, marketing and human relations. We did it again this year and again went all the way to the bomber. Goes on for probably .25 miles. Like a liquid jewel cast deep into the gem state, Loon Lake’s shimmering water sits nestled 40-miles north of McCall in the Payette National Forest. Forest service says this trail was maintained in March of this year which appears to maybe have jumped the gun. It really gives you a perspective of what the crew went through when they crashed. We brought in a lot of drinking water in bladders, but also boiled water for meals. My husband was a helicopter mechanic in the Army and his father is a plane mechanic in Twin Falls. Small kids will need an occasional hoist and wet feet are a real possibility. It is an extremely clear lake, transparency of the lake is 15–18 feet depending on the time of year. We have ferried some on our dirt bikes several miles to the trail head and then in our trucks to Chinook. Warning!! Great trail take the river for the beautiful scenery or take the high trail across the bridge to get to the lake quick. Forum code. Found a little patch of dry land just south of the plane. Bring a means to purify water. But the kids didn’t care. Loon Lake is a 1,100-acre (450 ha) lake located in Stevens County, Washington, 30 miles (48 km) north-northwest of Spokane, Washington at an elevation of 726 metres (2,382 ft). The bomber sits in a marshy grassy area so early in the season expect sloggy approach. It’s another six miles on buffed gravel to the well-marked sign to the Chinook Trailhead and another mile to the Loon Lake trailhead proper. Definitely worth hiking too. Armed with a cue sheet of stats, a handful of stories, and a pack crammed with backcountry accouterments, I recently brought my own family to Loon Lake for our first backpacking trip. Please note that this trail does not start at the road north of Chinook Campgound as shown on most maps, that section has been vacated. Overview An absolutely gorgeous high alpine ride, the shoreline of Loon Lake makes for a perfect lunch spot at the midpoint of this adventurous loop. All the rooms are newly renovated and smoke free with queen size beds, refrigerators, microwaves, flat screen TVs and HBO. Along the stream is well shaded and cool, and Loon lake has a few sandy spots to refresh your feet before the hard walk back to Chinook campground. Morning came early and I got busy building a fire to greet the sleepy clan. This would be such a great place if the trail around the lake was assessible, but most of it is underwater and the crossing for the outlet is non-existent. Hopefully, it is cleared out soon but it is difficult to get through in the meantime! Backpacked in over Labor Day weekend. One of the trails follows the Secesh River with Prime camping spots, one on the near side of the lake, the other on the far side near the bomber with really Good fishing. Loon Lake Dam consists of a side channel spillway adjacent to the main dam, an auxiliary dam, and an earthfill dike. It is about 10 miles round trip. the best way would be to pack a raft and go across the lake. Loon Lake Loop Trail est un sentier en boucle de 11.9 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Warren, Idaho. Loon Lake is an alpine adventure and kids get cold fast. The second portion you practically lose the trail and are ankle deep in marshy water. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. One such trail near the Chinook Campground leads to the home of one of Idaho's most recent historical sites: Loon Lake. On January 29, 1943, the B-23 "Dragon Bomber" went down at Loon Lake (elevation 5,280') with eight men aboard. This trail was definitely on the difficult spectrum. It’s a fantastic way to wrap a fine weekend at Loon Lake. The views were beautiful heading up to the lake. We made our way out on the east side of the lake. Discover places to visit and explore on Bing Maps, like Loon Lake Idaho. The lake was so beautiful and crisp cold, so it was refreshing. It’s $8 per adult, $5 per child and well worth the visit. Hikers can follow the established trail #084 for about 1.5 miles along the west side (on the right of the lake). continue on the trail and you will find the plane. We went counter-clockwise, starting with crossing the bridge at the trailhead. We also seen a few Motorbikes that had fallen down the steep cliff and were left next to the river. Loon Lake (Mat-Su) Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information. Named by John Hofsteter in 1881, the lake is about two miles wide, one mile long, and has a maximum depth of 100 feet (30 m). Miraculously, nearly a month later, everyone had been rescued. Loon Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. This ended up being the right decision but we could have easily gone miles out of our way down the wrong path. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. Water clarity has been at the highest level in 15 years. Length: 10 mi (16.1 km) Surface: Singletrack. We only took the route with bridge as once we made it to the lake and we’re coming back didn’t want to run into trees down making the trail impassable on the steep and narrow trail on the other side of the loop as we had young horses with us this time. Luckily we found a log big enough too cross. I think next time I would go along the river both ways. It was Hot! To help ease the burden, the kids traded a pack after each passing mile. We headed back to our truck around the loop. I played the role of Sherpa-dad and strapped the extra pack to my own. Despite hurdling through 150 feet of forested timber, only one man was injured. Loon Lake is located in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. After sitting tight for five days, waiting for a rescue, a three-man team made a 40-mile trek through deep snow to find help, surviving for 14 days on woodpeckers, a squirrel and a few squares of chocolate. You must climb over large trees and truck through incredibly over grown under growth. Loon Lake Reservoir is the name used by SMUD. there isn't any trail, it is muddy, wet, grassy and pretty hard. Configuration: Loop. Unable to maintain altitude, the pilot decided to attempt a landing in Boise. Worn from decades of sun, I spied the abandoned fuselage reflecting brightly through the trees, a shining beacon marking our destination. Even in summer, bring warm jackets, gloves, and a warm sleeping bag and pad. Loon Lake is a lake located just 21.5 miles from McCall, in Valley County, in the state of Idaho, United States, near Burgdorf, ID. The trails are all signed. Thunder storms are possible at any time. The clouds began closing in, hinting at summer’s end. With 9 comfy and charming rooms, Loon Lake Motel is an ideal stop off point for travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, families and those who are looking for a nice little get-away. The outlet side of Loon Lake. Loon Lake and Coeur D'Alene are 1 hour 15 mins far apart, if you drive non-stop. We bushwhacked our way straight to the trail leading to the Secesh and almost could not cross Loon Creek at that point because it was a raging river. offering no shade for nearly 2 hours. Continuing counter-clockwise there's a fallen tree that you have to climb over about every 5 feet or so, and then if you go the other way it's a complete marsh with no clear trail and even more deadfall to climb and navigate over. Over all this was such a fun backing trip. There is also a trail to the bomber on the west side of the lake, crossing the inlet to the lake. 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