on the way to brundage reservoir

Things to Do in McCall

McCall is a ski resort town two hours north of Boise.  The town of 3,000 is situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake in the Payette National Forest.  Previously a logging town, McCall now quietly caters to tourists providing ample outdoor activities.

Where to Stay in McCall


When I visited McCall on my road trip, I camped in VANgo. While there are many campgrounds and RV Parks, dispersed camping is a little more difficult to find.  There is only one spot on Payette Lake on Eastside Drive.  It is next to a waterfall and a short trail out to a view, so sightseers might join you.


Ponderosa State Park

Dom, Sue and I took the “scenic” drive through Ponderosa State Park one evening while visiting McCall, Idaho.  I put “scenic” in quotes because while the park is located on a peninsula in Payette Lake, all we could see were trees.  There was nothing scenic about it except the plethora of deer.


Happy Hiking: Goose Creek Falls

Goose Creek Falls is located in Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho and the Brundage Mountain Ski Area.  There are a few ways to hike it, one hike is 5.8 miles round-trip and another is 3 miles roundtrip.  We were going to take the longer way, but after seeing a couple of mediocre reviews on AllTrails, we took the shorter route.

After having been there, I’m uncertain how this hike could be called “boring”.   We loved it!  We began on a soggy Wednesday morning around 10:30. Only two others were in the large parking area with a pit toilet when we arrived.  Perhaps the snow/rain mix for the previous five days had something to do with it!  Regardless, it was great to have Dom and Sue join me on my road trip adventure for a few days.