Best Trails in Boise National Forest

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on Blue Lake Trail
6 days ago

excellent view and great for all ages!!

on Grand Sawtooths Loop
6 days ago

backpacking

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

on Blue Lake Trail
14 days ago

backpacking

beautiful hike and lake. Perfect for beginning backpacking. Amazing wildflowers and lots of hidden ponds Plenty of great camping spots around the lake

Only downside is it is VERY crowded on the weekends. I believe it is a boy scout favorite. I want to go again during the week so it has more of that backcountry feel

on Rainbow Lakes
17 days ago

backpacking

Wonderful hike. Steep hike in but worth the view! The wild flowers were breathtaking and the lakes are crystal clear.

on Blue Lake Trail
23 days ago

Easy hike with lots of wildflowers.

on Blue Lake Trail
25 days ago

hiking

It was a great hike. Not too difficult if you watch your step. Amazing views!

on Shafer Butte Loop
27 days ago

Didn't make it up in my little car.

on Blue Lake Trail
27 days ago

hiking

If you're sensitive to getting car sick, the ride to the trail head is a little rough..but, the views throughout the hike and of the lake, a little fishing, and some cliff jumping definitely made it worth the drive! Absolutely stunning!

on Blue Lake Trail
28 days ago

Gorgeous! Lake was beautiful and there was a fun spot to jump off of the rocks...definitely recommend!!

on Willow Creek Trail to Ske...
1 month ago

hiking

I gave it three stars because of the unexpected adventure that we had getting to Skein and Raft Lakes.

As mentioned before, the FS 438 road is closed about 2 to 2 1/2 miles from the actual trail head. I had 4WD, but was with three other cars that did not and they were unable to get up to the point where the road was actually closed. There was a truck all the way up at the actual trail head and they said they made it there with 4WD. A group of about 15 of us decided to hike the road and then the trail.

The road was a constant climb, not hard but an extra 2+ miles makes it more than an "Easy" hike. We were passed by some ATVs that had no difficulty getting up the road.

The actual trail was a climb, but was not too hard. The lakes are nice at the end and it looked like there could be some good fishing at either lake although I was unable to fish. Skein Lake is the first lake to the left after you pass an old destroyed cabin. If you branch off and head out for another 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile you will get to Raft Lake which had lily pads, frogs, and fish jumping.

Overall, not all of our group made it all the way to the lakes, but the majority made it and loved the adventure! When most expected a 2 3/4 mile hike, it turned into an 8-9 mile hike.

on Blue Lake Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great high mountain lake with easy access for most people. Hang a hammock on the water's edge and relax for a bit. Moderate traffic during the week and more on the weekends. The dogs love it and so do we.

on Blue Lake Trail
1 month ago

it was short but a pretty easy walk to the lake, bugs became a pain as it got later in the day so bring bug spray. Initially, the hike is downhill so you're coming uphill on the way back, its a great workout for how small the trail is!

on Pine Flats Hot Spring
1 month ago

Gotta get in the river on the side as you bend around to get to the springs but it's all worth it.

on Kirkham Hot Springs
1 month ago

One of the best hot springs in Idaho.

on Blue Lake Trail
1 month ago

hiking

The trail itself was not very impressive, however once we got there we scaled the cliff that overlooks the lake. There was no trail that led up there so it offered a challenge but was worth it.