Upper Boulder Lake, Payette National Forest, Idaho

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This morning, a small break in the rain allowed John, Craig, Ruby, Dakota and I to sneak out for one of our neighborhood specials! We call these neighborhood hikes because they are within a few minutes drive of home and are not super long…..generally less than 5 miles total. Other examples would be Jigsaw, Snowdon, and Goose Creek Falls. Upper and Lower Boulder Lake are destinations I have been many times but each time the season is different as are the weather conditions. Check out some of my previous visits here: https://davefaitlemonde.com/2018/09/23/boulder-lake-valley-county-idaho/ https://davefaitlemonde.com/2018/10/09/boulder-louie-lake-loop-with-a-twin-peak-summit/ https://davefaitlemonde.com/2019/10/16/vics-peak-rapid-peak-and-buckhorn-mountain-valley-county-idaho/ We parked near Lower Boulder Lake and headed along the east shore (left side) towards the inlet.

Soon we are climbing and hit the snow which is fairly deep still here at about 6700 feet of elevation. It’s a little hard to make out in this image but check out the cascading water off the rocks to the left.

It’s not long before we complete the 2 mile climb to the Upper Lake and find it still totally frozen. Here John is playing virtual name that peak…..virtual since all the peaks were in the clouds! I’m not kidding, zoom in on this image and John is pointing to False Buckhorn Mountain.

Meanwhile, just a few yards down the shoreline, this was Dakota’s first trip to Upper Payette Lake and perhaps Ruby’s 50th. Ruby was playing name that smell with Dakota! “Over there, it smells like a bear, over there, it smells like a deer……”

An increasingly less rare black and white image on davefaitlemonde.com. Upper Boulder Lake.

This is a top view of the same cascading waterfall coming from the Lake.

On the way down, the clouds were beginning to lift a bit and we were able to catch a view of the green valley floor below.

Finally, back down at Lower Boulder Lake, the clouds had lifted enough to get an image looking back up the drainage towards Upper Boulder Lake which sits just on the other side of the saddle.

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