Windy Devil - Horseshoe Canyon

Total Miles


2453.64 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This track is just under 1.5 miles, and it connects the Mackay Mine Hill Tour track with the Rio Grande Trail or Windy Devil/Blaze Canyon track. It rises to just over 8000 feet in the majestic Lost River Mountains. This spur of the Windy Devil goes through Horseshoe Canyon. If you're too early in the spring, you will encounter snow and/or mud on this track. The opportunities to see wildlife are plentiful.


These roads will experience erosion during high runoff, but generally they're easy to travel. If you're there too early in the spring, you will encounter snow and/or mud in some of the forests.


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.

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Access Description

From Mackay, go SW on Smelter Ave to the intersection with Segfried Lane. You can stage in this area. Follow the Mackay Mine Hill Tour trail to the Y at Windy Devil. Take a right at the Y.