Boulder Lake Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Fork, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.9 miElevation gain1,633 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashFishingHikingForestLakeViewsWildlife
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Park at Louie Lake Trailhead and walk up to Louie Lake. Once you reach the top of the levee, look on the north side for the Boulder Lake Trailhead.

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Shirley Brooks
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Hiking

This was an awesome loop a bit of butt kicking climb to start. Several lakes and a variety of terrain too!

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Laura Zimmerman Van Vliet
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Hiking

Great hike, although my FitBit showed the distance to be closer to 8 miles. I did the loop from Boulder Lake to Louie lake because I prefer to hike up to Boulder lake and down from Louie lake. Beautiful scenery along the way, and breathtaking views between the lakes. Would rate this as hard to moderate - lots of uphill. Trail conditions were good and the trail was easy to find and follow the entire way.

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Ryan Johnston
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Eric Thim
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HikingGreat!Muddy
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jonathan schroeder
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Kent Wickham
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Hiking

There was a lot to like about this trail, but some things knocked it down a couple stars. We did the loop counter clockwise up to Louie and around to Boulder. I found it odd that reviews didn't mention half the hike to Louie was on a hot, dusty, ATV trail. Fortunately we only encountered a couple vehicles, but still the dust was deep and the track pretty torn up. Once to Louie it was a nice hike up and over to Boulder. We were late for any bloom, but I imagine it'd great earlier in the summer. Once over the top, the hike along the two Boulder lakes is pretty, particularly between the two. They are, however, both reservoirs, and they were low and not particularly scenic. The trail is pretty nice though. All in all, it's s worthwhile hike close to McCall, but I'm not sure I'd do it again, unless it was spring in full bloom.

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Julie Shogan
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Running

Trail up to Boulder Lake is absolutely gorgeous! Not too steep, but large boulders that you need to navigate. Trail goes along Boulder Lake to a turn off to Twin Peaks. This turn off is not marked, but it is at the end of the lake. Steady climb to the top, pretty views! Trail back down goes right by Louie Lake, very pretty. After Louie Lake, the trail is VERY dusty and is shred with ATVs- didn’t like this part of the trail at all. If I was to do this again- I would do an out and back up to the end of Boulder Lake.

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Simon Bell
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Hiking

Great way to extend the Boulder Lake Trail hike. Single track trail in great shape and is pretty steep at times but Anderson Lake is amazing and worth the work. Lots of shade and few streams for dog to cool off. Great camping spots at Anderson.

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Richard Thomas
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Fantastic trail with a lot of varying terrain from the reservoir up to Boulder Lake. I took a right just past the east side of the lake coming from the south and found massive open fields with great views. That trail’s marked with a small cairn and juts straight up without switchbacks. I’d have to warn people that I’d put the difficulty of this trail on the more difficult end of moderate, if moderate at all. There are some steep inclines as well as barefaced rocks that are slippery and can pose a great challenge for some. Well worth the trip!

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danette wingett
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BackpackingRocky

I thought it was a pretty easy trail, gradual incline the whole way.

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Lillian Smith
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Hiking

We drove out to the trail today (8/26/20) and it is closed for a fire. The road out is blocked just before Boulder Lake Road and there was fire personnel there and they said it was closed through the weekend most likely. Just warning others to save their disappointment!

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Simon Bell
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Amongst my favorite McCall hikes. Mix of shade and sun with few streams and three lakes making route great for dogs

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Ryan Finney
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Hiking

Great trail, parts are steep and it is definitely a moderately to hard trail. Views are worth it !

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Gary Thompson
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Mountain biking

some rocks, some steep inclines and declines, mud on way to Boulder Lake, beautiful views, flowery meadows overall an amazing hike we took our dogs and all had a good time!

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Taryn Wheeler
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Hiking

Incredible hike! Did the loop clockwise with Boulder Lake first, then on to Louie Lake. It was quite a bit of incline, but I didn’t mind the burn. Accidentally veered off on a few side trails, but used the map to get back on the loop. The lakes are both beautiful, and there were a lot of wildflowers along the trail. Didn’t have an issue with bugs at all, but it was a breezy, overcast August day. Highly recommend this hike!

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Paul Stanger
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It was decent. More travels than the trails I’m used to but good.

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Sarah Soyka
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail, but watch out for stinging nettle!

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Emily Canupp
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Incredible hike! The trail is probably more like 8-8.5 miles. Boulder Lake is about 2.5 miles in from the Boulder Lake trailhead at the parking area. Louie Lake is about 2 miles in from the Louie Lake trailhead. I went Boulder Lake to Louie Lake and really enjoyed it! The trail was not too bad of an incline, some level ground through a forest, a steeper incline for about a mile, and then it’s all downhill to Louie Lake and back to the trailhead. It seems like it might be pretty steep coming up from Louie Lake, and personally I enjoyed Boulder Lake more! Definitely worth it even just for the 2.5 miles in and back out. If you’re looking to backpack in and camp, I recommend the campsites near Boulder Lake. Incredible views!

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Lauren Mickey
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Hiking

Great hike! I echo others that starting with lake Louie makes for a more enjoyable hike since you get the hard stuff out of the way. Took us about 5 hours with a good hour of that hanging out at the lakes. Started at 8 am and didn’t see anyone else until around 11. We did have a little trouble finding the trail leaving boulder lake - you don’t really curve around the lake (you don’t need to pass the dam) but after some bushwacking we got back on it.

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Rusty Langford
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Challenging trail for two relatively inexperienced hike/walkers, but we were able to finish the entire loop. Started with the tough 1.5 miles to Louie Lake - the hardest part of the trail for us. Beautiful lakes (3), wild flowers everywhere, great views, no wild life (bummed).

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Mallory C.
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BackpackingBugsMuddyRocky

We did this trail as first time backpackers and it couldn't have been a better one! The incline is hard and fast, but it was doable since the trail isn't too long. We went up and camped for 2 nights. We were able to find a clearing to camp and it still felt like we were alone even though there were other groups camping close by. We went at the end of July and it was only muddy in a few spots because it had rained the night before. The mosquitos and horse fly's were pretty bad, so as long as you prepare for that you should be good. This trail seems to be a good one for everyone, including children. Give it a whirl!

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Rich Reavis
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Amazing views!!! Such a pretty loop, with 3 lakes along the way. From the trailhead headed to Boulder Lake is much rockier (surprise) than the Louie Lake side. Louie Lake to Boulder is a much steeper climb but manageable.

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