Mill Creek Lake and Firebox Summit

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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This scenic lake looks as though it’s alpine but opens early in the season. When winter’s ice still grips most high mountain lakes, Mill Creek Lake, in the rugged Lemhi Mountains, is usually suitable for a hike and overnight camping. Dammed by a landslide, the lake lies in a short, rocky canyon. The rocks and cliffs enclosing the lake may cause you to think the surroundings are more alpine than they really are. A faint trail above the lake leads to Firebox Meadows and Firebox Summit. This beautiful meadow and forest country, which is important elk range, contrasts sharply with the rocky lake environs below.You can usually reach the lake by mid-June, although July and August are the best months to visit.
Backpacking Idaho

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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

This scenic lake looks as though it’s alpine but opens early in the season. When winter’s ice still grips most high mountain lakes, Mill Creek Lake, in the rugged Lemhi Mountains, is usually suitable for a hike and overnight camping. Dammed by a landslide, the lake lies in a short, rocky canyon. The rocks and cliffs enclosing the lake may cause you to think the surroundings are more alpine than they really are.

A faint trail above the lake leads to Firebox Meadows and Firebox Summit. This beautiful meadow and forest country, which is important elk range, contrasts sharply with the rocky lake environs below.You can usually reach the lake by mid-June, although July and August are the best months to visit.

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Idaho Falls
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 1,090 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: July–August
Trailhead Elevation: 7,240 feet
Top Elevation: 8,330 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lost River Ranger District; (208)588-3400
Local Maps: USGS Gilmore and Big Windy Peak; Middle Fork, Challis, and Lost River Ranger Districts–Challis National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Mill Creek Lake and Firebox Summit

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