Looking for a great trail near Cascade, Idaho? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lake Cascade State Park or Weilmunster Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hurricane Canyon Natural Area or Pen Mar Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Cascade ranging from 1.6 to 88.4 miles and from 4,793 to 9,064 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Agreed with the above commenter. There isn’t a trail you just need to park and walk across the river. Three pools- pretty small area. The middle pool can fit 5 comfortable but the upper one is small one or two people only.

on Blue Lake Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Such a stunning trail!! This is one of my favorite places to hike. Some of the rocky areas can be loose, but if you’re paying attention, you should have no problems.

hiking
scramble
27 days ago

Great trail. Mostly easy to follow. It gets quite steep near the top but only for a short distance. Several places to set up camp. This lake is one of the most beautiful I’ve hiked to.

Fun hike and great backpacking destination. Definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

The lake was gorgeous and the trail was a little rocky but very easy to hike... almost too easy. We made it to the lake really quickly, so to lengthen the experience we went off trail and climbed up nearby rocks to get a better vantage point of the lake. That was slightly more difficult than the trail but definitely worth the views. Also, driving up to the trailhead is an adventure. It's super high with lots of pretty views along the way.

backpacking
1 month ago

Weather was great and almost nobody else was there. This is a great place to camp during the week after school has started. Very beautiful location.

hiking
1 month ago

Anniversary hike to Hidden Lake. Amazing views, peaceful lake.

camping
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail if you are looking for an easier trail but with beauty. Great hike and my 6 year old handled it with no issues at all. Lots of spots to camp if interested by the lake. Nice easy hike!

great day on atvs to mine.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

My wife and I just completed the hike to Skein Lake and Raft Lake. Great short hike and much more scenic than I expected. Really beautiful. Well worth the time. Oh, and huckleberries as you approach Raft lake. Better hurry though. Going to both lakes was 3.2 miles out and back. At times the trail is overgrown and rocky, but it is always very clear - there is no cross-country or wondering if you are on the trail. A young family came up shortly after we arrived. A very minor glitch in navigation occurred when we walked up to the collapsed cabin - we continued past the cabin to Skein lake maybe 50 yards away. No big deal if you are only going to Skein lake. The official trail turns right about 50 feet before the cabin. By following the official trail you will see the sign to Raft lake. The whole private property road issue is due to the way Google maps routes you when you click the Directions link above. Do not turn on Raspberry Rd. It IS private property. Continue about 1.7 miles past Raspberry Rd on West Mountain Road to Willow Creek Rd also signed as FR438. It is a narrow dirt road so don't drive past it like we did :) This road goes all the way to the signed trailhead (and beyond). There is a small gravel wide spot for turning around and parking. The road is being reconditioned and is in excellent shape (for a dirt mountain road) until the last half mile. Until they finish the last half mile you'll need a 4x4 Outback or equivalent or better. That last stretch is severely overgrown so expect brush to rub the sides of your vehicle. The roof of my F250 was pushing brush and branches out of the way occasionally. But my truck fit comfortably on the road and I never came close to experiencing a pucker factor. It's a little rough, but it's not rock crawling at all, just a little slow. Relax and enjoy.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Perhaps the best of everything you’d want in a quick Alpine Hike over Cascade. As of Aug 22nd, 2019 - Forest Service and County Services are in the process of re-grading 438 on the way to the trail head. You absolutely need 4x4. 5 years ago, I did it in my Honda Civic, but that was an adventure. Also, this is NOT Private Property. Not sure what that’s all about. A review below gave it 3 stars — not because the trail or area is lacking, but it looks like he didn’t plan. The 3 stars seems more fitting for his lack of planning than the actual hike. Call Cascade ranger district BEFORE you go, and plan ahead. The Hike from the trailhead is apx 1 mile, and has about a 10% grade. All of my boys did it easily at 9 years old. If you’re not carrying much gear, it’s incredibly easy for the entire family and has AMAZING views of of Cascade and the mountainside. Plenty of Grouse, Blue Jays, Tiny creatures and wild flowers. Enjoy the abandoned cabin next to Skein Lake. There is a metal sheet on the cabin where local hikers sign their adventures, so bring a pen or pencil to log. Skein Lake is incredible. As you step into view of the lake, there are rock outcropping to the right along the north side of the lake. About 3 dispersed camp sites spread along that side with rocks for fire pits and plenty of down and dead wood for fire. The fish are very active as of Aug 2019, and the lake is incredibly deep in the center. Fish past the shelf and go deep to get big trout. Anything with a rubber tag is not allowed to be harvested. A local guy mentioned he’s seen Bull Elk charge into the water and an abundance of wildlife. Osprey were catching fish while we were there. Overall, if you’re looking for a pretty close, simply hike, with seclusion - Skein Lake is your spot. Very rare to see anyone during the midweek, but a few hikers and fishers on the weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

Just a quick hike. No other traffic. Beautiful as always. I never tire of Blue Lake. Even my stepdaughter who "hates" hiking had a good time. Definitely recommend.

Beautiful hike, pretty flowers, beautiful lakes. A little buggy once you get there so bring bug spray. The way back has only three or four steep spots and besides those, it's a pretty simple hike. Prettiest one I've seen in the area so far. The one bad thing is that the trail isn't very straightforward. We got lost a few times and ran into some other people who were lost too. Good news is that there is phone service up there (Verizon at least) so I was able to find the trail with the alltrails app.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike beautiful Lake great Swimming

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was perfect for a short day trip with kids 3, 5, and 7. We walked down and in, took a swim, and continued to walk around the lake before we walked up and out. A beautiful place with moderate traffic and a handful of campers. The only downside to this hike was the road to the trailhead, it was in awful condition.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trip. Camped overnight, caught a few trout, didn’t want to leave. Lots of campers and visitors so you won’t be alone if that’s what you’re looking for.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

This trail has always been a favorite of mine! I’ve gone almost every since I was a kid. It is very short, downhill the whole way in so be prepared to gain elevation on the way out, but it’s so short that it is not difficult. Great spot to swim and camp.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

DONT FOLLOW THIS TRAIL unless you want to walk upstream the whole way. Keep driving, there is a turnout right across from the hot springs and then you can walk across the stream from there. Worth the trip from Boise.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful drive up...trail is mostly downhill on the way in but once you get in its gorgeous. it was my first time backpacking into somewhere and I found it to be perfect for a 1st time. Although the hike out was rough (I knew this going in it wasnt going to be easy getting out). All in all I would do it again

hiking
2 months ago

We took our 3 year old and packed in paddleboards to this beautiful lake. Great hile and perfect for an active family with little ones

hiking
2 months ago

More a flat bike trail but a very easy walk, disappointed it only went around 2.8 miles in before it was closed to private property the remaining distance.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is all downhill which can be difficult getting out for some. Also it’s a short enough trail that the night we stayed a group of drunk kids were able to carry pallets of wood in for and all night party (and proceeded to leave their bottles which we cleaned up). Lake is nice but be prepared to see a lot of folks on the trail.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

We were so excited to hike a hike that was labeled as EASY. It most certainly is not a easy hike. We had a 3 and 4 year old and a pregnant woman and it was tough. Hiking down was even a little tricky with the rocky trails. Hiking out was tough. This hike should be labeled as a moderate hike. The lake was beautiful and the children had fun catching frogs and tadpoles. We just wish the hike was labeled correctly. The drive up to the trail head is about 30-45 minute drive up a dirt road the length would depend on what vehicle you’re driving, we were in a van.

hiking
2 months ago

The area was beautiful. The fishing was terrible you could actually see the fish but wasn’t able to catch any. People were using flies, worms, power bait, jigs. Still nothing. They rate the hike as easy. I would give it a moderate rating. Going in 95 percent is all down hill, but you can’t forget you will have to go up hill to come back out. You will want poles to us coming back out if you have a large pack.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

From Cascade drive north on ID55 for 0.9 miles and turn right on Warm Lake Rd. Drive 5.9 miles and turn Right on Horsethief Reservoir Rd. Drive 1.1 miles and turn left on lost basin rd. Drive 3 miles to the "Y". take the Left at the "Y" and drive 6.8 miles on the dirt forest road. At 6.8 miles you will see a parking area on the left hand side, park here. Continue down the dirt forest road for another 200 yards or so and you will see the trail head on the left hand side. This trail is rated as moderate in other hiking books but I would consider it to be difficult. There are three major climbs throughout this hike that can be difficult for kids or those with backpacking gear on. Also the trail begins on an old logging road but the trail quickly becomes a hiking trail which dissapears in some places and can only be tracked by the occasional trail marker hanging in trees. Also an important note, as you near the end of the hike and are about to begin your final assent to the lake the trail can appear to "Y" (STAY TO THE LEFT). if you go right you will end up only circling the base of the mountain and ultimately end up having to climb straight up the face of the hill instead of using a side hill trail. There is a defined trail all the way up the final climb to the lake, if you are not on a trail you are not in the right spot.

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