Explore the most popular lake trails in Boise National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

only giving it a 3 star not due to its beauty as the drive was wonderful but the gate on NF446 was locked up with the sign saying its closed to public from Nov 13-May 31. Will be back and adjust accordingly. I see post from people saying they went just 3 days before this post can be certain its current hike for them or just currently reviewed.

hiking
15 days ago

Good hike, great scenery. Its worth driving up to the top of Snowbank Mountain after hiking for the views of Round and Long Valleys.

hiking
16 days ago

Very easy on the way down, more strenuous on the way up. Steeper than I originally thought.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an absolutely beautiful hike that wasn't long but it was a great workout on the way back up. I went in September so it was sunny but not too hot. Tons of wildflowers, and the end leads you to a large rock overlooking the Blue Lake. You can even jump in from the rock.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with my 40 lb 3 year old and six year old easy hike down but moderate to strenuous hike up Thank God I had enough forethought to bring kid carrier because she did not want to walk up it was strenuous.

The Lake is gorgeous and ice cold. I would recommend good sturdy water shoes.

camping
5 months ago

Did portions of the loop starting at Grandjean and went clockwise heading toward Stanley Lake then to Redfish Lake and cut over the pass to the Baron Lakes and Alpine Lake. Overall did about 32 miles in three days. Lots of tree fall along the trail especially at the pass at Baron Lake to get back to Grandjean TH, also lots of snowfields, and rock slide that obscured the trail coming down off the pass at Upper Baron Lake. But the views were stunning and awe inspiring. Definitely a hike to do if you have 3-5 days. Plenty of cold clear water everywhere along the trails we took, so bring those Aquatabs and Sawyer straws, no need to buy it in Stanley.

hiking
7 months ago

I didn't love the lake and the trail was way too rocky. I also wouldn't rate the trail as easy. It was a steep climb, not long but steep. Kids can do it, I took my 6 year old.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail ends in the lake you can definitely jump in bring a swimsuit you will get to enjoy after the nice hike down. On this trail you do have to hike up in the end so just be ready for that part also because it's says easy but I would say at least moderate to maybe hard.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is great for just a day trip or you can stay longer and explore. The trail to the lake is almost exclusively down hill almost all the way to the lake. There are lots of great spots to swim, fish or just enjoy the lake. Due to the easy access and great views, expect to see other hikers.

Such a beautiful view!!! Really enjoyed the hike. Can't wait to backpack and camp!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Great day trip from Boise, and very quiet - I only saw a few people. The hike is pretty relentlessly uphill on the way up to the lake, which was a nice payoff. Super easy coming back down. The lake is small but lovely. Didn't see any bears but I've talked to people who did on this trail, so I'd recommend bear spray & bring an extra bottle of water.

backpacking
8 months ago

Super easy hike. We camped there overnight and did some fishing. This is a great spot to come if you want to camp, but are limited on time.

Great hike with good trails and markers. There's about 9 lakes in the area so it's fun to go see them all!

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful hike! Beautiful day trip from Boise. Go to the Vandal and BSU store turn left, get to a red barn, turn left, go all the way up until you reach a well traveled parking lot with restroom. That is very where the trail starts, beautiful views, wild flowers and berries. we seen mushrooms, frogs and birds. dinner campers, fishermen and many swimmers even a few frogs! totally worth the hike back up the hill. Will do it again!

A ways out from Cascade. downhill most of the way to the lake so it is tougher on the way back. beautiful drive, short hike and well worth it to see the wildflowers, chipmunks and of course the lake :) will be back!

Nice hike. Flowers were beautiful. Even though there was burned areas it was a great hike. Lots of fish jumping at the lake so bring your poles.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep for first bit, older people will have trouble. Very pretty. Mostly steep and rocky.

it is beautiful. Did not feel crowded at all even with the large number of cars in the parking lot. the wild flowers are in full bloom

easy in , harder out when carrying a 40lb child on your back. very pretty hike

Very beautiful lake with mountain at edge of the lake. The hike in is short but beautiful with beautiful wild flowers in July.

Very beautiful lake with mountain at edge of the lake. The hike in is short but beautiful with beautiful wild flowers in July.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun short hike! The road getting to the trailhead isn't bad either. We got up there without issues in a Nissan Versa. It might seem like you're driving forever, but just keep going and the trailhead will be really obvious. It is pretty heavily trafficked this time of year (Mid-July), but the water isn't too cold for swimming.

hiking
10 months ago

Love this hike!! I did it as a young girl and remembered loving it. Did it again with our family and it was even better than I remembered! So pretty and my kids LOVED it. They even jumped into the lake from the rocks into the freezing water!

backpacking
10 months ago

July 3-4, 2017. A good destination for first-time backpackers. Still deep snow on the south side of the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

The road is still closed for snow before reaching the Blue Lake Trailhead. 6/25/17.

the road is closed due show about 4 miles before the trail head. will have to try again later in the season

11 months ago

Amazing hidden lakes just above, although the various trail heads were grown over. Beautiful! Since the hike was easy, and pretty short, we decided to go further and hike Shell Rock Peak as well.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Had a great time geocaching in the area too! Boy Scouts all loved it.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trail is amazing easy hike and view is amazing!

backpacking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Have always loved this hike since first camping there while a youth in scouts in the late '70s. Now they have paved parking and outhouse at the top of the trailhead. Took my youngest on his first backpack and saw a badger first night and 4pt buck on the hike out. Many hikers and families out doing day hikes on Saturday. By Sunday evening the mountain quiet returns and beautiful sunset and sunrise over the lake.

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