Boulder Chain Lakes

Challis, Idaho

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Hike to a string of lakes with many small rainbow trout and access many other lake basins. This is a well-used and absolutely beautiful trail. This hike will confirm everything you may have heard about the beauty of the White Cloud and Castle Peak. It has just about every lure for the outdoors-person: deep, cool forests, mountain springs, lakes to fish or swim, mountains to climb, and a conservation battle to get you out of your armchair. (See the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains overview.)

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"Hike to a string of lakes with many small rainbow trout and access many other lake basins. This is a well-used and absolutely beautiful trail. This hike will confirm everything you may have heard about the beauty of the White Cloud and Castle Peak.

It has just about every lure for the outdoors-person: deep, cool forests, mountain springs, lakes to fish or swim, mountains to climb, and a conservation battle to get you out of your armchair. (See the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains overview.)"

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Challis
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: Best mid-July through August
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 10,000 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ketchum Ranger District, (208) 622-5371; Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters, (208) 727-5000
Local Maps: Boulder Chain Lakes and Livingston Creek USGS quadrangles; Fairfield and Ketchum Ranger Districts and Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Sawtooth National Forest map

Boulder Chain Lakes Reviews

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8/13/2008
This is an amazing hike, go light if you can, the 80 lbs packs were not fun. The first 8 miles are up hill with a 2500 ft elevation gain. Once you hit the summit it should be smooth sailing as you wind down the trail into the valley. You overlook Frog Lake. Frog lake had some good campgrounds but we continued to the base of the chain lakes. Plenty of camp spots to choose from. The fishing was great although the fish are a bit smaller in the Boulder Chain lakes. You should catch just enough 10-12 inch fish to make a great meal. They bite as soon as your fly hits the water. Frog lake has the bigger fish although it is a much slower pace. I'll post the photo's on trails.com. Did I say pack light? Don Crowell
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7/23/2006
From a beauty standpoint this is a 5, from a hiking standpoint this is a OUCH. What a 4 day hike this was. We did a 25 loop and was above 10k feet 4 times. We also went from Born lakes over Devils slide and that was an adventure as well. I thought I was in good shape... haha... The skeeters were rough and the horseflys made it exciting as well. Great 4 days and the most miles to date we have covered.
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4/10/2004
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