Blue Lake Trail


West Mountain Trail near Blue Lake

Blue Lake Trail is a short but steep hike to Blue Lake, offering beautiful panaramic views, of Long Valley, Lake Cascade and the lake, from the road before you get to the trailhead.

The lake offers easy shore access for easy access to fishing.

From the trailhead, the hike is 1 mile to the lake.  When you arrive at the lake, you may want to continue along the trail around the lake for about 3 miles. Part way around the lake is a beautiful little waterfall.

The cirque basin shows off spring wildflowers and the trail is open to non-motorized travel only.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Blue Lake Trail and Snowbank Road #446 gate open on June 1.
Operational Hours: Gate opens June 1.
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho

General Information

General Notes:

The Blue lake Trailhead is a two-acre site with restroom and hitching racks.


From Cascade, Idaho: Travel Cabarton Road 6.3 miles (to a big red barn) where Cabarton Road intersects with Forest Service (FS) Road 446, also called Snowbank Road.

Turn right. Proceed along FS Road 446 about 10 miles up the gravel road toward the Federal Radar site. You will see a small pond on the right. The trailhead parking is on the left.

Check with the Cascade Ranger District for dates in spring when the gate is opened. 208-382-7400.

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