Meadow Lake to the Lemhi Divide is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leadore, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Meadow Lake trail is a two mile out and back trail that starts at the West end of the Meadow Lake Campground and tops out on the Lemhi Divide at 10,200 feet. The trail features a creek, a moraine pond, glacial scree and beautiful views. It is accessible from June through September The Meadow Lake trail is one of the coolest hikes you will do in under 5 miles. The trail starts at the campground. It wanders up through the trees crossing a creek 2 times. Then it takes you to this little moraine pond. From the pond the trail goes around and over the moraine. From the moraine, the trail switches back and forth across a scree field, giving amazing views of the granite cliffs above. From there the trail tops out on the Lemhi divide above giving vistas of both valleys. On the map linked here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3809728.pdf the trail is on page 12, trail # 6057.
This was a great trail. I was challenged as a newbie to mountain hiking. I found it very rewarding to push myself and satisfying to reach the ridge. The views from the top were truly breathtaking. Well worth the time and effort.
We camped at the campground. Get there early if you want a spot. All 18 sites were full by Friday at 4:00.
The trail was awesome. There was ice on the pond beneath the moraine. The flowers were beautiful and the vistas of the valley below and granite cliffs above were spectacular. Once we got to the top of the moraine the trail was marked with piles of rocks. The trail switches back and forth across the scree fields. We tried to make to the summit, but when we were about 300 feet from the top we were hit by a storm. We turned around in time, but we could've been in a lot of trouble had we not been paying attention. The storm brought sleet for over 2 hours and turned the whole mountain white. The Temps dropped to the 40's. It was crazy.
Don't let this short trail fool you. This can be a dangerous hike in the wrong weather conditions.