Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop

McCall, Idaho 83638

Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop

Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop Reviews

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8/5/2018
Lots of steep inclines but the trail is maintained very well and the lake is absolutely pristine and beautiful. The views here and granite mountains are awesome. It is definitely worth it to keep going down to Boulder Lake and make it a loop!
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10/11/2014
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!!!!!
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7/20/2012
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.
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8/30/2008
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".
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9/2/2006
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.
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6/23/2006
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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6/18/2006
Went out after this one for a 3 day weekend extended hike. We had hope to hit some of the other lakes that were about 2 miles off the loop. This was all and good but there was one thing that we thought would be gone by now...Snow! At Boulder lake, the water was flowing over the dam, which made that crossing a little interesting. The first camp site by the dam was full of cub scouts. We headed off to the trail which was immediately covered by about 4' of snow still. As we continued down the trail we felt we were not going to find anyplace to camp for the night. As we reached a point out on the lake, there was a perfect campsite. The next day were took a short (pack less) hike to see what was in front. As true to form there was a ton of snow still. So off the Louie we head. There was still 4-6' of snow covering most of the trail and the GPS we needed and very helpful. The views were fantastic and we stopped at the top peak for lunch. Off down to Louie for another night. Many good camp sites before hitting lake level and a few on the other side although not as nice. The next morning we broke camp and went to the Pancake House in McCall. Great trip again.
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Trail Information

McCall
Nearby City
6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Either a day hike or overnight
Duration
Best July through September
Season
6,269 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,700 feet
Top Elevation
McCall Ranger District, Payette National Forest
Local Contacts
Paddy Flat USGS quadrangle; Payette National Forest map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018