Hike to the Shay Trestle

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Enjoy spectacular views of Idaho's highest peaks while hiking along a historic railroad bed. Stop to explore a rebuilt wooden trestle spanning a hundred foot gorge.

Mine Hill Tour is a self-guided driving tour focused on Mackay's mining history. Stops showcase artifacts of the once-vibrant towns that housed miners and their families.

Much of the tour is available to passenger vehicles. Begin by picking up a Mine Hill Tour map from any local merchant in Mackay, and stick to the green route if you aren't driving a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle.

Stretch your legs with a hike to Shay Trestle, a wooden bridge spanning a hundred foot gorge. The trestle was part of the railroad that transported massive amounts of gold, silver, copper, zinc and lead from the mines.

Park on one of the road turnouts near the Shay Switchback. The old railroad bed leading to Shay Trestle is open to hikers, bikers, and ATV's. Hike along the two-track to the trestle, enjoying the spectacular views of the Lost River Range along the way.

Mackay offers free camping within walking distance to downtown at the shaded Mackay Tourist Park. Swing through Ken's Club on Main Street for a enormous cut of steak and a microbrew.

Pack List

  • Mine Hill Tour Map (available at local retailers for 75c)
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
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Added by Sara Sheehy

Writer | Nomad I Adventuress | Photographer

Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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