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Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop Professional Review and Guide
"A very pretty lake loop in scenic granite mountains. This is a popular area with routes to two different lakes that can put you in some very beautiful country quickly. A loop trip is also possible with a connecting trail between the lakes. The trailhead can be very crowded on weekends because the trail is not the only attraction to the area. There is room for about 10 vehicles at the trailhead, which also serves as an informal camping area."
--Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan, Hiking Idaho (Falcon Guides).
This is a wonderful and gorgeous hike. I am from Texas so the climb was strenuous for a sea level girl but well worth the view! Recommend this hike to anyone. We actually got a smudge lost however. Ended up on the Rapid Creek Trail which led us 9 miles directly away from our trailhead and car. We hitched a ride with some hunters and rode and hour in the cold in the rain in the bed of a pickup! :) It was so much fun though!!!!!
This is by far my favorite trail. I have done both the loop, or just to Boulder Lake and back. Coming up to Boulder lake could not be more beautiful scenery with the view of the valley, the small pools that litter the area and are perfect for sitting in on a hot day with family or friends, not to mention the waterfall that is accessable top or bottom. I would recomend this hike to EVERYONE. It can be seen as a bit steep to beggining hikers, but my 5 and 7 year olds can do it just fine....so keep hiking.
We actually only went to Lake Louie, not the Boulder-Louie loop. The trail is VERY dusty, but easily marked. Lake Louie is beautiful and pristine, a great, short day hike; Louie is only 2 miles from the trailhead, though those 2 miles are ALL vertical. There is no "leveling-out".
The colors were beautiful this time of year. Wonderful views and lots of photo oppertunities. The trail did get a bit confusing towards the end. I recommend using a GPS if possible. Overall great experience.
Hiked in to Boulder Lake. Great hike. Trail is in great shape to the west end of the lake. As the trail goes around the south of the lake there is still snow. As the day progresses the runoff increases and we got wet crossing the inlet to the lake as it had overflowed its banks. Camped in the meadow at the east end. Although there is no real trail, the next morning hiked out around the north side of the lake, no snow on this side. Probably passed 20 other hikers on our way out. Very beautiful scenery and easy access.
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