Blue Lake Trail

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Blue Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

lake

hiking
2 days 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!

2 days ago

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!

hiking
10 days ago

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

13 days ago

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

13 days ago

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

19 days ago

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hiking
24 days 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
26 days ago

hiking
27 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is amazing easy hike and view is amazing!

backpacking
6 months ago

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.

8 months ago