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VCP proposes 4,000 singletrack sidewalk DEMO trail

Hi all,

Valley County Pathways is proposing to build a 4,000-foot demonstration trail along the north side of Heinrich Lane in the county right of way corridor, from the southern trailhead of the North Valley Trail to the junction of Norwood Road and Heinrich Lane.

Under the guidelines set forth in the Valley County Singletrack Sidewalks ordinance, approved earlier this year, we have submitted a written proposal to Valley County Planning & Zoning for the demonstration trail, several maps, and a construction plan.

Valley County P&Z has scheduled a public hearing on our proposal at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28.

Purpose and Need: The purpose of the Heinrich demonstration trail would be to create a singletrack sidewalk demonstration trail at the southern end of the existing North Valley Trail to give trail users a chance to experience a singletrack sidewalk trail on foot or on a bike. We also are open to trying out the trail for horseback riding in this section.

At a bigger-picture level, Valley County Pathways envisions building about 70 miles of singletrack sidewalks throughout Long Valley to connect our communities, from Cascade to McCall, with a link to New Meadows so trail users could connect to the Weiser River Trail. The trails will have recreation, health and fitness, transportation (commuting) and economic benefits to the community.

The demo trail would be a natural surface trail with a width of 24-36 inches. If approved, VCP would work with trail professionals to build a sustainable trail.

Please send a letter of support to Valley Count Planning and Zoning if you’d like to support VCP with this proposal. Thank you!

Steve Stuebner, Board Vice President
Valley County Pathways


Many thanks for investing in our trails during Idaho Gives!

Thanks for your support! Our kids and future generations will benefit from our hard work in building, expanding and maintaining our trail systems.

We are so thankful to our community for supporting Valley County Pathways during the 2020 Idaho Gives campaign!

We exceeded our $5,000 goal by raising about $11,010 during Idaho Gives with 85 donors investing in new trails on the basis of $5/foot. These are new records for Valley County Pathways!

Thank you!!!!

We would like to recognize our donors for their support and generosity:

Contributions of more than $1,000:

Ron Nahas, the Schwab Charitable Fund

Contributions of more than $100: 

Augusta Laidlaw, Robert and Kitty Looper, Sherry Maupin, Gail and Bruce Rankin, Alan Hamilton and Mary Nielsen, Brent and Jacque Simmons, and Jim and Jole Voulelis.

$100 contributions: 

James and Tiffany Dobbs, Steve Stuebner, Andrew Mentzer, Joe and Linda Sirani, Scott and Patty Hall, Joyce and Scott Hayley, Marjorie Chase, William Gehrke, Judy and Jim Balkins, Caroline Valle, Fred Novy, Cary Hattabaugh and Sam Sandmire, Brett Shepherd, Steve and Ruth Schneider, Jim and Jean Giuffre, Lida and Todd Clouser, Dean and Kim Martin, Joanne and Chris Sours, Michael McEntee, Carolyn Wood, Maggie Rosenthal, Jennifer Waskow, Shirley Olen, Ian Atkinson, Barbara Waldo, Cahill and Susan Jones, Charles Pegan and Michael van Altena.

$10-$99 contributions:

Sharon Hudson, Jentry Hull, Maggie and Bob Gamble, Wendy Wilson, Kim Binder, Denise DeCoster, Paul Bomber, John Wheaton, Cynthia Gibson, Deanna Warner, Jayme Gamble, Ken Rider, Robyn Mick, Marc and Carole de Jong, Rebecca Hurd, Chris and Adele Caputo, Maura Goldstein, Andrea Lingle, Don and Pam Sanda, Ted Klinkenberg, Kimberly Tidwell, Lee Gilbert, Robert Ginkel, Amy Pugsley, Elizabeth Thomas, Jeff Cross, John Watkins, Leslie Freeman, Sherry Scheline, Pat Blanchard, Katherine Farmer, Karen Byrne, Steve Jones, Cindy Jones, Karen Anglea, Gregg Lawley, Amanda and Gary Thompson, Mary Tracey, Douglas Wood, Michelle and Scott Reagan, Jeri and Glenda Newman, Richard Cogan, Stephanie Day, Denise Thompson, Jim Fitzgerald, Karl Johnson, Cindy Bastian, Earl Dodds, Mary and Rocky Bogert, and Elise Giddings.

We will keep you informed as we work on the next steps on our trail projects in the valley to connect our communities from Cascade to New Meadows.

Again, thank you for contributing to Valley County Pathways!  


Invest in singletrack sidewalks for Idaho Gives!

For Idaho Gives in 2020, we’re asking you to invest in the future of our trails/pathways in Valley County by buying several feet of singletrack sidewalks for $5/foot.

You can buy two feet for $10, 5 feet for $25, 10 feet for $50 and 20 feet for $100. Or give any amount you’re comfortable with.

Our trail projects will include:

1. Carefree Subdivision to McCall Middle School – 5 miles
2. End of North Valley Trail on Heinrich Lane to Norwood, and Norwood to Donnelly – 10+ miles
3. Town to Beach Flyway in Donnelly – 1.3 miles
4. Extending the Strand in Cascade to the north bridge and paving the dirt section – .5 miles

Overall, the trail mileage adds up to about 20 miles (105,600 feet) of new paths that will connect our communities – that’s only about 10 feet per resident! At $5 per foot to build, we could complete this construction phase with an average donation of $50 per person! Will you join us in bringing this vision to life?

Valley County Pathways has a county-approved master plan to build more than 70 miles of trails around the valley to connect Cascade, Donnelly, Lake Fork, McCall and New Meadows. We also want to connect to popular tourism destinations like Brundage Mountain, Jug Mountain Ranch, Tamarack Resort and Gold Fork Hot Springs. Thank you for supporting Valley County Pathways!


Outdoor tips during COVID-19 pandemic

Our trails in Valley County are open and available for public use — still mostly snow-covered, depending on location — but please observe proper #social-distancing guidelines when you are out on the trails. That means respecting others by providing at least 6 feet of space when you pass people on the trail. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home!

Valley County government has issued guidelines to underscore Governor Brad Little’s Stay-at-Home order. See link to Channel 7 report on Valley County guidelines. The bottom line is, don’t come to Valley County if you are not a full-time resident. Second-home owners and tourists are being told to stay away during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please respect their wishes.

See Valley County web page on COVID-19.

Plenty of elbow room on the North Valley Trail

The North Valley Trail in McCall, Boulder Creek Trail in Donnelly and The Strand in Cascade are all available for public use. Cross-country skis, snowshoes or boot-hiking is best right now depending on snow conditions. Locals also have been crust-cruising in the mornings after a hard freeze.

Please stay safe during these difficult times! Thank you!

Snow-biking and dog run at Jug Mountain Ranch … Jug Mountain Reservoir is still frozen for now … (courtesy Gary Kucy)



Join us for full-moon xc ski & snowshoe events Sat., Feb. 8

Please join us for two, fun full-moon tours this Saturday, Feb. 8. Two events are happening in the bookends of Long Valley — one on Cabarton-area xc trails at the Hasbrouck Ranch, south of Cascade, starting at 5:30 p.m., and another starting at the Activity Barn trailhead for the North Valley Trail in McCall, starting at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring head lamps and ski or snowshoe the trails in the moonlight. Trail side soups, breads, desserts and hot drinks will be provided. Donations are encouraged to support the Cascade Nordic program and cover grooming costs. 

At the Activity Barn trailhead for the North Valley Trail, south of McCall, we’ll have cookies, snacks and hot chocolate for participants. Please bring a headlamp in case you need it. Sometimes it’s best to leave the lights off under a full moon. We’ll lead a tour of the North Valley Trail and Activity Barn trails while enjoying a full moon. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes. There is no trail fee, but donations to Valley County Pathways to cover grooming costs are encouraged. 

See you there!  

North Valley Trail is groomed, perfect for xc skiing, snow-biking and snowshoeing

Our volunteer groomer, Todd Clouser, enjoys the North Valley Trail on skate skis on a December afternoon.

The North Valley Trail is perfectly groomed and in great shape for xc skiing, snow-biking and snowshoeing for the winter of 2019-2020. Just in time for the Christmas holiday!

The trailhead is located south of McCall by the Activity Barn. There’s ample parking for everyone. There’s about 5 miles of trails to enjoy in the area at no charge. The North Valley Trail is rated easy for all abilities. The trails on the hills next to the Activity Barn are rated moderate to strenuous.

Please see the latest grooming report on the North Valley Trail and Activity Barn Nordic trails via McCall Nordic.

We want to thank our partners for improving your experience on the North Valley Trail and Activity Barn Nordic trails. The McCall Rotary Club gave us a grant to make the trail kiosk possible at the Activity Barn trailhead. Todd Clouser built the kiosk for us, donating his professional workmanship. And the Idaho Power Company allowed the development of the trailhead parking area out by Heinrich Lane, about 3 miles from the Activity Barn. That way, people can park on the north or the south end of the North Valley Trail, and ski 3 miles out and 3 miles back.

Trailhead for the North Valley Trail by the Activity Barn, south of McCall.

We also want to thank our partners at Brundage Mountain Resort for working together with us on the Nordic trail system and providing extra parking. Take some time to go tubing with your family at the Activity Barn. They also have hot drinks and snacks.

We hope you enjoy the North Valley Trail and Activity Barn Nordic Trails, and consider donating to Valley County Pathways to help cover our grooming costs and long-range, valley-wide trail-development plan. Thanks!

– Steve Stuebner

Singletrack Sidewalks draft ordinance passes Valley County P&Z

Example of singletrack sidewalk. (Courtesy IMBA)

It was a late night, but the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve an ordinance update to allow for non-motorized pedestrian and cycling trails to be constructed next to public roads. The draft ordinance will go before the county commissioners soon.

Thanks to everyone who wrote letters of the support and attended the meeting!

The new trails would be “singletrack sidewalks” to provide for a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists to travel off the main road. The overall goal is to connect all of our communities in Long Valley and connect to New Meadows and the Weiser River Trail. The trails will have health, fitness and recreation benefits for all of the region’s residents and visitors, at no cost or obligation to the taxpayer.

Andrew Mentzer with the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council, Steve Stuebner with Valley County Pathways and other VCP board members have spent the last year doing extensive  community outreach to gauge public support for singletrack sidewalks.

We’ve also asked for people’s thoughts on their favorite pathway corridors, which areas should receive the highest-priority for development, identifying funding opportunities and building partnerships. The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) verified the plan.

The West Central Mountain Economic Development Council co-created the plan and fund-raised for planning this initiative. Countless volunteer hours from our board and partners has gotten us this far. Thanks to all who have helped out!

You can help to make these trails a realty too. Please consider making a donation today Valley County Pathways!

-Andrew Mentzer

The results are in! Your favorite pathway corridors in Valley County

Donnelly Elementary kids enjoy the Boulder Creek Trail near Donnelly.

Our public survey on people’s favorite pathway corridors between Cascade and New Meadows has closed. Thank you for participating!

We asked people to pick their top 3 highest priorities for the development of non-motorized pedestrian pathway corridors between Cascade, Donnelly, Lake Fork, McCall and New Meadows.  VCP officials also went to numerous public meetings and presented our long-range plan and options for development. The public outreach came following a feasibility study on singletrack sidewalks by the IMBA.

The study recommended the development of 70 miles of singletrack sidewalks in the valley. These would be walking and trails for local residents and tourists to enjoy.

And now, drum roll please, here are the results:

For McCall and surrounding areas:

  1. Extend the North Valley Trail south toward Donnelly via Norwood or Nisula, 54%
  2. Farm to Market Road from McCall to Roseberry, 29%
  3. West Mountain south to Tamarack and Cascade, 16.6%.
  4. Creating a singletrack sidewalk on Samson Trail going south of McCall to the Carefree subdivision was also indicated as a high priority.

For Donnelly and surrounding areas:

  1. Near dead heat between W. Roseberry to West Mountain to McCall on the west side of the valley (47%) vs. E. Roseberry to Norwood and the North Valley Trail to McCall (44%).
  2.  Third choice, Roseberry to Farm to Market to McCall.

For Cascade and surrounding areas:

  1. Extend the Crown Point Trail north toward Donnelly, 64%
  2. Cabarton Road to Smith’s Ferry, 25%
  3. West Mountain Road to Tamarack and Donnelly, 12.5%

For New Meadows and surrounding areas:

  1. Near dead heat between 1. Connecting from New Meadows to U.S. 95 and the Weiser River Trail, and 2, from Cemetery Road, connecting to Brundage, Bear Basin Trails and McCall.
    3. Find a route from New Meadows to Fish Lake Road, Bear Basin Trails and McCall.


The surveys were facilitated by Andrew Mentzer, a VCP board member, and executive director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council. Thanks Andrew!

Our next steps are to craft a Singletrack Sidewalks ordinance to be considered by the Valley County Planning & Zoning Commission, go through the process of getting that vetted, and then set our priorities for pathway development. The ordinance would guide how singletrack sidewalks would be developed along public road right of ways in Valley County.

Valley County P&Z has scheduled a public hearing on the ordinance on Dec. 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to send a letter of support, please do so to Cynda Herrick, P&Z Administrator, Thank you!

– Steve Stuebner

Pick your favorite pathway corridor!

We’re requesting public feedback one more time on three options for connecting our communities in Valley County and Long Valley between Cascade and McCall while also working to connect to New Meadows and the Weiser River Trail.The options are:

  • West Mountain Road from McCall to Cascade.
  • Mid-valley option on North Valley Trail going south toward Lake Fork, then Norwood or Nisula to Donnelly, and then working north on the Crown Point Trail from Cascade.
  • Farm to Market Road from McCall to Roseberry, and Sampson Trail from McCall to Farm to Market Road.

Please fill out the surveys below prior to Oct. 31, 2019.

Share with your friends! This is a long-term investment. We want to get this right!




New Meadows:

Many thanks!

Steve Stuebner and Andrew Mentzer, VCP board members

P.S. We’d like to give a special shout-out to Chelsea Tuttle for shooting the drone footage in the video and editing the video. Thanks Chelsea! Her web site for photography and video services is 

New proposed Donnelly Pathway – Town to Beach Flyway

We are proposing a new pathway in Donnelly to connect the community with one of its premier assets, the Donnelly Beach Park & Boat Docks area.

This project is the first step in the vision of the 2014 City of Donnelly Comprehensive Plan to enhance quality of life, highlight our natural surroundings and drive economic development.

This is a core piece to the area pathway design that will help drive enthusiasm for future pathway development by providing an amenity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. It is designed to make our roadways safer and drive tourism dollars to the town.  We are calling this pathway, the Town to Beach Flyway.

Here’s a brief overview video of the project.

The pathway concept is an 6- to 8-foot pathway, with a 5-foot (minimum 3-foot) break between the path and roadway. The pathway surface may consist of ¾ inch or less gravel and/or possibly crusher stone material.

Distance/material summary:

Total distance: 6882’

Gravel: 5582′

Asphalt:  75′ at beginning, 340′ at dirt parking area.

Existing asphalt: 885’

Striping: 1300′ of striping from Hwy 55 to end of Roseberry Plaza.

Crosswalk Striping: 48”

Except where otherwise noted, the pathway will utilize one side of the existing  50 foot city or county transportation right of way.

All sections along roadways will incorporate a FHWA “Sidepath”- style design.

If you have any feedback on the project, please contact Brett Shepherd of Donnelly Pathways and Valley County Pathways, at, or the Donnelly City Clerk at