Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Box Lake, Idaho

Box Canyon Hike, near McCall, ID
August 29, 2013
8 miles - round trip
~2,000 ft. elevation gain

We hiked up to Box Lake in the Lick Creek Mountains located just east of McCall, Idaho on the western edge of the granite Idaho Batholith.  The trailhead is located on the west (left) side about 10 miles up Lick Creek Road. The trail climbs steeply from Lick Creek Canyon, closely following a small drainage through a recently burned forest.  The trail is well-maintained and offers great vistas of the canyon below and the granite peaks around. After 4 miles we reached the picturesque, clear blue, alpine lake. The lake is surrounded by several jagged 8,000+ ft. peaks.  My dad spent a couple hours fishing at the lake- with no luck. John was kept busy by the wailing baby he carried up to the lake. Stefanie and I scrambled up a nearby peak and then we all met up and hiked out.  This is a great day hike for the family if you are near McCall, Idaho.    

Box Lake, looking North-northwest