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North Valley Trail is open, ready for xc skiing, snowshoeing, or snow biking

Steve checked out the North Valley Trail on his snow bike. The trail is really nice and firm for snow-biking.

The North Valley Trail has been rolled, and it’s got a solid 6- to 10-inch base (sometimes less) from the snow we received in November. The trail is firm — good for everything from xc skiing, snowshoeing or snow biking. Even boot hikers have been using the trail, and that’s fine, but please try to walk on the far right or left side of the trail, so the xc skiers and skate skiers have a consistent surface in the middle. Early season conditions!

The trailhead for the North Valley Rail Trail is located south of McCall by the Activity Barn tubing hill. Take Mission north from Deinhard, then Moonridge Drive to the Activity Barn. There’s ample parking at the trailhead.  There will be about 3 miles of trail groomed (6 miles out and back) this winter.

The trail is open for everyone to enjoy in the area at no charge. The North Valley Trail is rated easy for all abilities. We really appreciate donations to help with upkeep. Valley County Pathways also has been the recipient of McCall Local Option Tax funds to help pay for grooming. Thank you to the McCall LOT Committee and the McCall City Council!

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. Our groomer 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.

One new feature this year … a permanent rest room at the south end of the North Valley Trail by our trailhead next to Heinrich Lane (near Nisula). How about that! One of our generous board members covered the cost of the porty-potty for the next year. It will be serviced by our neighbors who run the Honey Dipper business on Nisula.

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