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Louie Lake Trail

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800 West Lakeside Ave.
PO Box 1026
McCall, ID 83638



To reach the trailhead turn east off Highway 55 at the Elo (Farm-to-Market) Road. Stay on this road until you see a sign for Boulder Lake and turn east again. The Louie Lake trailhead is about 4 miles up the road on the right just before the Boulder Meadows Reservoir. Walk through the trees to Boulder Creek which is crossed on logs. The trail then climbs 300 feet through huckleberry bushes to intersect with the Louie Lake jeep trail at 0.5 mile. Louie Lake is 1 mile further up the trail. Although the trail is a pretty steady uphill walk it is an easily followed trail and does afford some good views of Long Valley far below and some excellent picture taking. Elevation gain is 735'. Louie is a beautiful deep-blue lake with the grey cliffs of Jughandle Mountain overlooking it. The lake contains two small granite islands. The truly ambitious can take off around the southeastern part of the lake to climb Jughandle Mountain itself. Louie Lake has an elevation of 7004' and Jughandle is 8310'. The climb up Jughandle requires expert skills. (Trail Difficulty - Easy)

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