A short and steep 2 mile, 1000+ foot elevation gain hike is just enough to earn your own personal lake for a day in Idaho. The Payette National Forest has an abundance of small, alpine lakes outside of McCall – many of which are not a far drive from Boise – that make a perfect swimming adventure. Snowslide Lake is just one of the scenic lakes worthy of a weekend getaway to hike, swim, cliff jump, or fish.
Meadows lead into Snowslide Lake with boulders perfect for swimming on the far end.
Hiking through a meadow on the way to the lake.
The Bear Grass in the Payette National Forest is still in full bloom at higher elevation in mid July.