Blue Lake

Hiking & Backpacking in Cascade
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Blue Lake, one of Idaho’s better kept secrets, rests just outside of Cascade tucked back in the Boise National Forest near the summit of Snowbank Mountain and Granite Peak. It’s a short hike that’s easily accessible during the spring and summer months and is only 80 miles from Boise – a short two-hour drive. The descent down the trail to Blue Lake is relatively easy, the pathway is slightly rocky, has a gradual decline, and, depending on the season, winds through droves of vibrant wildflowers or beautiful pines until you reach the lake.

Things To Know

  • The Blue Lake Trailhead is a two-acre site with restroom facilities and hitching racks.
  • From the trailhead, the hike is one mile to the lake or a three-mile loop around.
  • This trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.
  • Limited camping sites available around the lake.
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