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Twentymile Lakes Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

The trail is undulating with many minor ups and downs. It begins in a 5+/- year old burned section of forest then quickly enters some thick wooded sections. It continues in and out of burned forest that is recovering very well from the fire. There are numerous small stream crossings, some on small bridges, lots of roots, water bars, loose and fixed rocks that can make this very technical for first-timers and delightfully exciting for experts. Beginners will need coaching and basic skills before tackling this one. There are some very short sections you will want to walk your bike over the rocks but not many. You will also find a tree across the trail now and then. It can be very fast through the meadows and smooth sections. There is a surprise around every corner. You can make this a 24-mile round trip to Box Lake or anything short of that. Bring some bug repellent during the summer.
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Latitude
45.134223095097745
Longitude
-116.01064682006836
Trail Directions
Travel north along the west shore of Payette Lake to Upper Payette Lake on Warren Wagon Road. Park at the Twentymile Lakes trailhead on the righthand side of the road.
Trail Length
24
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
McCall
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Old Man Riding ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
You will need to do a shuttle. The best place to start is at the Duck Lake Trailhead. This is the real deal. the first mile is an awsome climb with a few technical spots. When you hit the DH you will get the ride of your life. The first part wil separate the men for the boys. The rest of the ride is exellent single track.

Recommended Route:
Drop a shuttle of at the Twenty Mile Trailhead and start the ride at the Duck Lake Trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
When you get to the bottom of 20 Mile head back towards McCall about 2 miles to FS road 432, This will take you to trail 601 that follows the ridge. Make sure you do not miss the Black Lee Trail at Box Lake. The trail is not marked. Take the Black Lee Trail back to Lick Creek road. You then head north back to your car. This ride is about 8 hours so bring some water and food.



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Review Date
May 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Wayndar ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail, but you have to get past the first few miles of rocks and climbs and fallen trees as leave from the lower (20 Mile) trailhead. After the first 30 minutes, you settle into a rhythm, and the trail does too. Soon you'll notice that you're riding in and out of beautiful meadows and stands of trees in a craggy alpine valley. It starts getting rough again as the trail climbs up to Duck Lake. If you're tough, keep going. If not, turn around and bomb all the way back down. Bring an extra deraileur hanger!

Recommended Route:
As an out-n-back from 20 Mile trailhead across from Upper Payette Lake. There's a fork in the trail a few miles in- DO NOT head to the actual 20 Mile lakes- go toward Duck Lake. You can do it is a shuttled downhill from Duck Lake trailhead, but there is a lot of driving involved.
This trail gets a lot of fallen trees because of the old burned area- call the Payette Forest or a McCall shop to check the conditions before making the drive

Other recommended trails in the same area:
IMBA Epic Loon Lake, East Fork of Lake Fork, Eagle's Nest, Tamarack, Brundage,...



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Review Date
August 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: CBro ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
So I join Adam to ride his favorite trail, 20-Mile Creek to Duck Lake. He claimed it was far better than even Loon Lake.

We get to the trailhead around 3pm just as these tanned, 40-something Sun Valley types are finishing up with those giant, oh-so-recognizable grins of the happy, well-ridden compadres. We chat a bit, they give me some water and off we go.

It's a pine forest with *lots* of rock-beds interspersed with fairly
fast loamy track in between. I keep my seat and gears LOW... Starts out with a narrow track along a hill, with a little exposure to stretch the concentration and esercise the pucker muscle. So far so
good. But at 6,000 feet, it's half an hour before I acclimate and stop wheezing.

There were a couple crazy tough climbs up and over rocks where the freerider Adam lost traction due to the weight of his bike, and his rear shock compressing. I plowed right past him, on the ever-impressive power transferring wonderboy hardtail.

So after the last outrageous climb over small boulders about 7 miles in, we crest out at a huge grassy meadow. I found a soft spot to fall over and started laughing. Now I can die a happy man. If I can make it back in one piece, then, this trail will rate in my top 5 of all time, which includes of course, Fisher/Williams in the Whiteclouds north of Sun Valley, Amasaback in Moab, and now 20-Mile Creek.

I'm so in the groove that I'm yelling, laughing, hoppin & poppin over
granite, hitting some banked turns just right, jumping the uglier stuff to nail the landings, it's all happening. The freeriding dude is way out ahead, flying over the rock gardens at heart-stopping
speed, while I'm carefully picking my way through, letting momentum, weight allocation, and a trick here and there pull me through.

I finally get back to the trailhead, and Adam's got his bike loaded, and he's halfway into a nap. Rub it in, you turkey. But I got the drop on him going up a few times, he he he.

Recommended Route:
Best Route is actually to start at Duck Lake trailhead off Lick Creek Road/Summit, ride up to Duck Lake, then another mile of climbing to another beautiful lake, then 10 miles of downhill out 20-Mile creek trail! It is awesome. See the write-up of this: http://tinyurl.com/6b4g3

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't miss Ruby Meadows/Loon Lake



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