Boulder Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Boulder Lake Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near McCall, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

lots of good fishing at Louie lake!

3 months ago

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
3 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!

3 months ago

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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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
5 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.

backpacking
5 months ago

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

backpacking
5 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.

5 months ago

Amazing views!

hiking
5 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
6 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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Took this as an easier first jump to the more strenuous uphill past Boulder Lake to Anderson Lake. Trail starts easy then gets moderate with switchbacks before leveling at the dam. Ample camping around east end of lake, plenty of water sources for filtering water.

Option: Continue up the trail north of the lake to Anderson Lake. Uphill followed by a downhill to the lake. Decent fishing and swimming as well as jumping on the far side of Anderson.

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

This is a great hike for a new hiker! It starts out gradually and ends steep. The trail dead ends at the front side of the Lake. Normally, a lot, higher, the hike is beautiful. But even with low water levels, the beauty that is Payette National Forest is great!

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