UPDATE: The main meetup will be a day hike - feel free to bring your pack and camp overnight at the lake.
Fall is the perfect time to visit Loon Lake and go see the crashed WWII bomber at the South end of the lake. This is a few weeks later than I've backpacked in before so it will be cooler, but the forecast for next weekend looks great. There have already been several freezes so just about all of the bugs should be gone. This is an easy single night backpacking trip and is perfect for the beginning backpacker.
The full loop is about 12 miles - we'll hike in Saturday morning, spend the night, and then return Sunday. We'll be hiking along the Secesh River on at least one leg of the trip. It will be clear out and there will be an almost full moon on Saturday night so we may be able to take a night hike.
The hike out to the bomber from the North end of the lake takes about 45 minutes. Depending on which way we go, there might be a water crossing of the lake's inlet. Expect cool overnight temperatures (it will freeze overnight) so bring a good jacket and warm clothing for sleeping (I sleep in a 15 degree bag with my skiing base layer & fleece with snowmobiling socks, gloves, and a ski hat).
There is a vault toilet at the trailhead but no facilities at the lake.
On the way home we will likely make a stop at Burgdorf Hot Springs, so bring a bathing suit!
Saturday October 12,[masked]:00 a.m.
Meet at the Home Depot parking lot in Eagle
Chinook Campground Trailhead [masked],[masked] on Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.214100,-115.809000))
From the Eagle Home Depot parking lot, take Hwy 55 North to McCall. Follow it for a little over a mile out of town and then turn right on Warren Wagon road (just past the Shore Lodge and across from Lardo's restaurant). Follow Warren Wagon road for about 29 miles until the pavement ends (just past the turn off for Burgdorf). Continue another 6 miles on the gravel road and then turn right at the Chinook Campground turn off. Follow this dirt road in for about a mile to the trail head. Figure about 3.5 hours from Boise to the trail head.
What to Bring
Backpack, tent, warm sleeping bag, food & prep (dinner and breakfast), snacks, water & filtration equipment, gloves, warm hat, good hiking shoes, mud/water shoes, cord and bag for hanging your food. Don't forget a bathing suit and towel for the hot springs.
Rain/snow forecast or fires in the area.
B-23 "Dragon Bomber" Crash Site (http://secesh.net/B23.htm)