Box Lake Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Box Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McCall, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.1 miles
2270 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




trail running





wild flowers


12 days ago

A beautifully strenuous hike up but well worth the effort. While ascending you will plateau two times and crest mountain ridges three times. If you're hiking with dogs access to water Will be after your first crest just a little over a mile up. Once you reach the lake,
The immediate campsites are very nice but used heavily, if you hike around the west side of the lake to the northside you will find more campsites and solitude. Enjoy.

15 days ago

Great hike. First 45-60 minutes is a bit tough but lots of flat areas after that. The lake is beautiful. Hardly saw anyone and pretty much had the place to ourselves.

17 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Hiked 7-14 thru 7-16 and camped at the head of the lake. Snow is all clear, some flat areas are still wet/muddy. Lake is high this year, likely that the sandy beach will be water covered until next year.

Great hike, moderately strenuous just due to the short nature. It is uphill both ways, just like like my grandpa's walk to school. Totally worth either a day hike or an overnight.

1 month ago

we gave it a try June 26. 2 miles in, lots of snow and lost the trail. we will try again in a couple weeks. beautiful anyway!!

1 month ago

Spouse and I hiked to Box Lake Saturday morning (7/1/17). Description rates it as "strenuous" but we felt it was somewhere between moderate to strenuous. 1st hour is on the steep side but the rest isn't too bad at all. Ran into snow (approx. 2-3 feet) in the saddle at 7,300 feet or so, but easily made our way to the lake overlook. Trail before snow is in good shape (wet in spots) and the 3 creek crossings are very manageable. Total time with a 20 minute rest/snack stop was 4 hrs and 15 minutes. All in all a great hike with beautiful wild flowers and views. Enjoy!

Beautiful! Hard hike but worth it.

5 months ago

Loved the reward of this hike. Well worth it.

10 months ago

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great day hike! Definitely not an easy hike but the views are worth the aching knees and glutes! It took us about 2 hrs to hike up and about an hour and a half to get back down with light packs. We were pleasantly surprised to see how much camping space is around the beach area so we're planning on coming back to stay a night. So beautiful!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great hike with a steep ascent at the very beginning and a constant incline for most of the hike. There is a beautiful meadow a little bit before you start the descent down to the lake. As mentioned by another, it is not an easy hike but it is well worth the effort for the beautiful views along the way and the lake at the end!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Awesome trail with a cool surprise with the lake at the top. People that say this is an easy hike are bonkers. Steep going up and a lower body burner on the way down. Fun, but be prepared for the hard work up and back down.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

I did this trail in September 2015 with all the beautiful changing colors and not another soul in sight. I was the only person on this trail making it so peaceful and relaxing. Easy hike in and out with a few trees and creeks to jump over.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

My very first trail! A few trees to jump over and creeks to cross but a lot of fun and beautiful lake.

Monday, December 31, 2012