This leg-burning hike is well worth the effort! Snowslide Lake sites in a bowl below Snowslide Peak and is the perfect reward at the end of the trail. Camp, swim, picnic, fish, and take in the beauty at this must-see alpine lake.
The hike starts by crossing the North Fork of Lake Fork Creek at the trailhead. Later in the season, it is possible to keep your feet dry by jumping along the rocks, however if you hike before July, plan to traverse knee-high water.
From here, the trail winds through shaded forest before turning uphill about 0.4 miles in. Commence leg-burning. We won’t sugarcoat it, the elevation gain is no joke. The good news is that there is stunning scenery to enjoy while you stop to catch your breath! As you near the 1 mile mark, look to your right for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Speaking of scenery, the entire trail is dotted with a wide array of colorful wildflowers.
Once you reach the lake, take some time to explore. A well-worn trail around the eastern shoreline will take you right to the base of Snowslide Peak where you can often find snow late into the summer. There are also several campsites along the shoreline.
Don’t let the 1,300 feet in elevation gain stop you from hiking to Snowslide. The trail is short (only about 1.5 miles each way) and the setting idyllic!
If you don’t want the hike to end, you can continue on from Snowslide Lake to Maki Lake. The trail on the east side of the lake will veer away from the lake after you pass the campsites and head up the summit. From the backside of the summit, look for the “Maki Lake” sign on the right. Plan to add an extra mile to Maki Lake.
- Bring bug spray. Mosquitoes also love Snowslide Lake.
- Pack and extra water bottle. The uphill trek will leave you thirsty!
- Throw in a swim suit. The lake water is cold, but comfortable by July.
From Davis at the 4-way stop near Ponderosa State Park’s entrance, turn onto Lick Creek Road. After 3 miles, take the fork toward Little Payette Lake. The road will turn to gravel just past Snowdon’s entrance. Continue along Lick Creek Road until you reach a small parking lot on the right with a sign for Snowslide Lake (about 12 miles in).