Explore the most popular forest trails near McCall with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike. Go in the morning to avoid people.

backpacking
6 days ago

This trail is awesome and we can’t wait to do it again. We backpacked up to the lake and stayed the night. The hike to the lake took us 2:15 to get to the lake and 1:45 to make it back. FYI, No snow in July.

Readers need to take note of the intervals of the contour lines. The intervals on the map are large and if your not aware the map can be deceiving.

There are several excellent campsites on the south side of the lake (3 established sites right on the lake and 2-3 about 50 meters off the lake). There is a beach on the south sound of the lake that is perfect for swimming. We were planning on camping on the north side but couldn’t find the trail so we stayed on the south side of the lake.

We hiked the summit west of the lake for fun. There wasn’t a trail so se just scaled the mountain for a fun day hike.

If you feel like hiking in a fishing pole in, there were a lot of fish jumping in the lake during the morning hours.

Bring bug spray!

hiking
15 days ago

One of my favorite hikes I have done. Had a bachelor hike for my twin brother. It's almost up hill the whole way up. Amazing scenery the entire way. Once you get to the top were you can see the lake it's a step trail all the way to the lake. Very rewarding hike. I would rate this difficult. because of the elevation gain in 3.5 miles. I will be hiking this trail again. Just remember its down hill once you hike back out of the lake.

mountain biking
18 days ago

It’s ok, most of the trail is very rocky, wide road used for atv , trail better after getting to top elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, my 7 yr old hiked it with me, still snow at the top and leading down to the lake. Lots of dead trees but it was pretty in its own way. We stopped where you could see the lake, too much snow and too steep to go down to the lake. A month from now should be good to go. Will do this hike again later.

hiking
9 months ago

Its takes anywhere from 4 to 5 hours with breaks to complete. its absolutely beautiful went early October there was light snow but nothing unbearable.

backpacking
10 months ago

The views are amazing and the beach camping is all you would want. It needs to be emphasized how difficult the first stretch can be if you are backpacking. There is a lot of steep elevation gain before the trail briefly levels out into a meadow. Then there is some more uphill before dropping down to the lake. Enjoy!

Mountain biking was great

backpacking
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months 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.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Nice well maintained trail. Very busy on weekends with hikers and bikers though.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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!!

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

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!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful! Hard hike but worth it.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

The 9.1 miles must be for an ATV trail. The hiking route is 1.4 miles and about 800 vertical. Had to cross Boulder Creek on a log to get started, and then hiking on an ATV trail for much of the way, but no traffic today. Lake is reminiscent of Sawtooth Lake, very pretty.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Loved the reward of this hike. Well worth it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This was a fun and pretty easy hike! Our 5 year old made it the whole way up and back without any issues. The lake is beautiful and the hike has a lot of beautiful scenery along the way as well. I would highly recommend it for a quick day hike!

Our 8 mile hike was the perfect distance. The trail is easy to find, you start at the parking lot and walk on the left side of the river the whole time following an easy trail. (don't cross the bridges, different trail) On the hike you'll see a bridge 3.5miles into it. We walked another mile on the left side of the river and we finally saw (across the river) a stream coming down the mountain. We then walked across the river (1.5ft deep) and took our boots off. There's a trail that goes straight up the hill by that stream and it took us right to the hot springs! Two little pools at are nice and warm after a day of hiking. Will be going again!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Luis lake is beautiful, with lots of fish jumping! No bait. 2 fish, size limits etc.
from the entry, you hike a ways and meet up with a logging road. take a left when you emerge and follow the painted rocks. Uphill pretty much all the way there, downhill back. Wear decent shoes or be prepared to take you time to avoid slipping.

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!

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

This trail is pretty difficult. It is steep all the way up, but the views are well worth the hike. Make sure you follow the logging road all the way to the lake. There are not any short cuts.

fishing
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

great little hike / beautiful lake and surroundings - the fishing was good!

hiking
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 23, 2016

great scenery in a great climate. Lots of options for different routes. close to town.

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Make sure you have mapped out which route you want to take. There are several different trails to choose from & some are more popular than others. Several trails are poorly marked & some end abruptly.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The hike starts as a fairly challenging uphill hike for 1/4-1/3 mile then you hit a gravel road, make you you take a left and follow the road straight and it will lead you to the lake... We went across the road and added another 2.5 miles of steep up and down hiking but still amazing and beautiful hike.

on Louie Lake Trail

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ACCESS ROAD LOCKED June 23,2016 unable to even drive to trailhead

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