Dave’s work to connect trails around Payette Lake were recently highlighted in the October 11, 2018 issue of the Star News.
Six miles of Payette Lake Trail completed
Loop around lake is planned for 33 miles
BY MAX SILVERSON
for The Star-News
Construction of the Payette Lake Trail is on schedule with a six-mile segment of new multi-use trail on the west side of the lake just completed.
Photo from August shows Rob Giustina of Progressive Trail Design of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., clearing rocks from a new section of the Payette Lake Trail above Warren Wagon Road near North Beach.
The six new miles of the planned 33-mile single-track loop either completes or links more than 15 miles of the loop on the west side of the lake.
“This is the first new trail system that has been built on public lands in the McCall area since Bear Basin and the Huckleberry trail in Ponderosa State Park,” Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association Trail Coordinator Dave Bingaman said.
The new trail, which runs from the trail network at Bear Basin to Warren Wagon Road past North Beach, is intended to be approachable and fun for bike riders of all abilities.
“We have a lot of great trails in our area but nothing on the local public lands like this,” Bingaman said.
“It has modern features that makes it fun to ride, like berms and option lines on the section closer to Warren Wagon, and is more rustic with one main line with fewer man-made features on the section near the Payette Rim Trail,” he said.
Construction may be done, but the trail is not open just yet, Bingaman said. The loose dirt needs moisture and time to settle before bike riders and hikers can start enjoying it.
Wheeled or excessive foot traffic will damage the trail because of the dry building conditions through most of the summer.
The trail will be open to non-motorized users although horse traffic is not recommended for safety reasons.
GPS mapping of the trail on the east side of the lake is also complete. With approval from the Idaho Department of Lands, contractors are poised to start building the next section in spring 2019.
The Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association project is funded in part by The Lifetime One Track Mind Foundation, a trail advocacy nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn.
The nonprofit groups have hired Progressive Trail Design, a mountain bike trail building contractor based in Bentonville, Ark., to construct the trail.
The foundation has paid about $240,000 for construction of the trail so far. Additional funding includes a City of McCall Local-Option Tax grant for $20,000, a $5,000 grant from the McCall Rotary Club, $5,000 from REI Inc. and other private donors.
Original plans called for routing the trail on the east side of Payette Lake through a small portion of Payette National Forest land, but terrain features were found to be too rugged to allow for a trail.
“It was too rocky and steep and would have cost a lot more money than we have in our budget,” Bingaman said.
The chosen route is about 300 feet above Eastside Drive at the south end and climbs to about 500 feet on the north end of the route.