Explore the most popular fishing trails in Payette 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.

One of my favorite places to hike and backpack!!!!!

hiking
7 months ago

The last mile was really steep but the lake was well worth it.

lots of good fishing at Louie lake!

Moderately difficult. We went clockwise around the loop, and the elevation gain is more gradual that way. The only issue with the trail we ran across was that the turn off to complete the loop is not marked well, so we had to turn around and double back to find the right turn. Take lots of water and have fun!

hiking
8 months ago

Did the Boulder / lake Louie trail today with my husband. Bring plenty of water as once you're past Boulder Lake, very few water spots/shade. Beautiful hike but dry. Loved Lake Louie!

Great trail! Did it going clockwise. Only draw back is the dusty exit along an old jeep trail from Louis Lake. Lots of great views and wildflowers still out!

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of variation in this hike. Approaching the edge of the lake from below (the North East leg) was a unique experience. Lots of beautiful meadows with wildflowers in mid-Aug. The last 1/3 of the hike (SW portion of the loop) is an uneventful walk on fire roads. Keep an eye out for direction arrows or you can miss your turn.

One of the most beautiful trails I've hiked in Idaho. Meadows of wildflowers -- lupine, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, sulfur buckwheat, penstemon, strawflowers, wild orchids and other things I don't know the name of. Lakes on the loop are crystal clear and the trail borders them for wonderful views. The loop took us 3.5 hours with a foot soak at Boulder Lake and a lunch break. Be sure to use the record feature on this app; it saved us from potentially going way off course. The trails are more or less unmarked and it would be very easy to get lost without the tracker and a fully-charged phone.

backpacking
9 months ago

It was a great trip, we started at duck lake trail and Hum lake. We passed duck lake went on ahead to hum lake. It was about 3.5 miles in and back. It was tough going down to hum lake with lots of blow down with trees. Great fishing if you make it down to hum lake. Lots of bugs, bring spray. Some deer tracks no big animals. Pack lots of water, you should fill up down at the bottom. My girls did this hike and they are 7 & 9, family friendly. The pictures are of Hum lake.

Just returned from Idaho and wanted to share that this trail was beautiful and challenging. But only challenging because once you get to the lake, there is no sign to indicate where the trail continues, simply cairns showing the way. Well, we totally missed it. And as a result, hiked 17 miles instead of 7. Heads up to everyone--- we are experienced hikers and this happened to us. So, look for the rocks, not the sign. Even with the suffering, great trail!

hiking
10 months ago

Go early in the year to experience the runoff pools around the dam at the end of the trail. Felt tropical! Good for dogs and kids.

Please note-- at the fork in the road, left goes through the meadows, but right goes through the steeper area. The map for this follows the right turn.

The trail was green, filled with wildflowers, bunchgrass, large conifers, and some small shrubs. Various bird calls, some deer, no large wildlife. Trail was exceedingly well maintained-- at least 5 bridges built to allow crossing, and some land-bridges built, too, over aluminum piping. Temperature was 70-80. We counted about 10-15 bug bites apiece when we got back to the car.


4 vacant camping spots up here-- only a 1 mile walk in. lots of available firewood for anyone with a little muscle.

on Boulder Lake Loop Trail

backpacking
10 months ago

Great trip, bring lots of bug spray, too many bugs. Overall a great hike.

backpacking
10 months ago

Still a ton of snow on the north side of the lake. Be prepared for trekking over large snow mounds. The trail gets covered occasionally. Snow melt made for a lot of standing and running water. Chacos or Keens highly recommended. Beautiful lake and great backpacking trip.

Amazing views!

hiking
11 months ago

The 9.1 miles must be for an ATV trail. The hiking route is 1.4 miles and about 800 vertical. Had to cross Boulder Creek on a log to get started, and then hiking on an ATV trail for much of the way, but no traffic today. Lake is reminiscent of Sawtooth Lake, very pretty.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. We were pressed for time, so we just did a 3.9 mile or and back to Boulder Lake. It was beautiful. Lots and lots of water flowing out of the lake this time of year, and there were some bugs, but not too bad.

hiking
11 months ago

Too much snow at the top to finish the loop but worth the trip up just to see the lake. wIt's still a bit frozen over and has snow on top. Very beautiful! The trail was a little hard to stay on at times with a few fallen trees covering the trail and it was at times unclear where the trail was--but we managed. We saw a total of 4 people today and it was lucky we ran into them at the end of the trail because we wouldn't have realized we needed to climb up over some rocks to actually get to the lake so it was nice that they let is know that. We did this with a baby and it was only at the end of the trek to get to the lake that was a bit difficult for us. Definitely recommend!

Beautiful Hike. Made a day trip up from Boise early in the morning to check it out. Still has a good amount of snow (seeing as we had a ton this year) at the lake so you couldn't get around to finish the loop so we just did an up and back. Snow was melting decently near the streams so be careful to not fall through. Give it a few weeks to melt and it will be much easier to get to the lake. Cool hike for our first time and only getting about half way through it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

rafting trips, the night b4 campground, very nice and friendly little park.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Not too rough, just a little rugged. Great view. Watch for hazard trees.

off road driving
Saturday, December 17, 2016

The trail on the map that goes east and then south from the Minnehaha Mine does not exist. It has been closed for years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A beautiful mountain area to explore, and lots to explore. Camp here for a week or two and you still won't see all the trails.
Another fine job....

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

More great areas to ride ATV's! Idaho has everything to offer for the ATVer, hiker, horse back rider and even the walkers.
Great job!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdG3O-Gmb4c

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This was a fun and pretty easy hike! Our 5 year old made it the whole way up and back without any issues. The lake is beautiful and the hike has a lot of beautiful scenery along the way as well. I would highly recommend it for a quick day hike!

on Boulder Lake Loop Trail

backpacking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

It was a great hike, my 6 and 8 year old daughter's made it. We continued onto Anderson Lake. Great fishing from both lakes. It was a great for a first time backpacking. Nice spots on Boulder Lake to camp.

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