Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon

Total Miles
3.1

Elevation

2,036.96 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This 3-mile track connects the Mackay Mine Hill Tour track to Blaze Canyon. You skirt across the top of the mountain at about 6600 feet, high above the town of Mackay, with spectacular views. There are hiking and exploring possibilities all along the trail, as well as overlooking areas to see the valley below.

Photos of Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon

Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon
Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon
Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon

Difficulty

Spring run-off will cause erosion in some places, and if you are here in early spring, you may encounter snow and/or mud on these trails. But usually the travel is easy.

History

Hiding in the shadows of Mt. Borah, Idaho's highest mountain peak (12,662 ft.), and the rest of the towering Lost River Range, this old mining town is often called the "Top of Idaho" for good reason. Mackay is named after John W. Mackay, the Nevada mining engineer who funded the mines located below Mackay Peak near what is now the ghost town of White Knob. Early settlers had already begun inhabiting the valley between the Lost River Range and the White Knob Mountains in the late 1800s, and by 1900 the settlement along the Big Lost River was booming. People came in droves to make their fortunes in "Copper City," as the community was being called. But it wasn't until 1901 that the new town was founded and named Mackay. There is a wonderful museum in Mackay.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

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Access Description

From Mackay, go South West on Smelter Avenue to the intersection with Segfried Lane. You can stage in this area. Follow the Mackay Mine Hill Tour trail to Lost River Access Road and take a right. Stay right at the first Y, and you'll end up at Blaze Canyon.

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