Rather, I suggest going all the way back down to Cabarton Road where you began and then visit West Mountain Road for another view of Lake Cascade. Once you’re past the homes, have up a left Anderson Creek (FS #435). From that point, you’re in heaven. Catch your map and then choose your own adventure.
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You are likely to want to find an early start. Nowadays you are on a popular spring tour, and your best chance of having them to yourself is to arrive early in the afternoon. Before you go out of town, catch your morning brew in Watson’s Drugstore coffee bar.
Park the ATV, catch your pack, and hit the 2 mile round-trip road down to Blue Lake. You lose about 400 feet in your way to the lake, so it is a great quick work out on the way back up. In addition, the Blue Lake Trail is a favorite, so be prepared to talk about the road (find out more about proper route manners here).
When you’ve had enough soaking, head to Warm Lake for a night in one of the adorable cottages at the Warm Lake Lodge. Located 26 miles from Cascade on the shores of Boise National Forest’s largest natural lake, the craggy Lake Lodge offers a quiet getaway. After decades of being closed for renovations, The Warm Lake Lodge only reverted with 5 rustic-chic cabins, with 5 on the way. In addition they have a recently opened restaurant and pub serving up elegant Idaho mountain fare.
For Warm Lake tent campers, I suggest the walk in campground at Picnic Point.
Lake Cascade is a country park with over 500 acres and ample chance for boating, boating, or investigating the coastline. I suggest starting out with a few kayaks, which you can rent in the camp sponsor in the Van Wyck campground. If you’d prefer a ship, then you can rent you from Lake Cascade Sport and Marine.
The lake is a 5-minute walk in the cottages. Keep your eyes peeled for bear, moose, and all kinds of birds. If you wish to escape the lake, the rugged Lake Lodge has several stand-up paddleboards available, or even for boat rentals, then drive over the marina on the north shore of Warm Lake.
Day 3 – ATVing & Replies to Blue Lake
This can be a well-graded dirt road (2WD-friendly) that typically opens June 1st with amazing scenery that the higher you get. About 8.5 miles off the Forest Service road, you get to some huge dirt pull-out with a neglect of Blue Lake. Stop here for pics then continue up another few corners to the Blue Lake Trailhead.
Cascade has 7 distinct hot springs. They have a booklet that has a description and directions to each of the hot springs round Cascade. Some are right off the significant highways, others you need to work for, and the further out you go, the more likely you will find isolation. As soon as you’ve your bearings, then head up the Warm Lake Highway in which a majority of the hot springs are located.
After paddling, stop from the Lakefront Bar and Grill for supper in their patio overlooking Lake Cascade.
On down the road, you will observe some more demanding roads that offshoot from FS #446. A number of these dead finish at private land, which you will see from the ATV booklet I mentioned above. However, if you want to test your own ATV driving skills, you may have a lot of fun on these side roads.
First, stop by the Idaho State Parks Visitors Center in Cascade (once again) and catch the brochure on Cascade’s 4×4 and ATV Roads. You could also locate an electronic version here.
If your mellow float is your thing, then you can rent a paddle board or an inner tube at the parking lot or in the River Gear store in Cascade. Your best option is to install at the North Bridge. You’ll float for approximately 45 minutes before you hit Kelly’s Whitewater park. At that time, you can cruise through the waves onto your internal tube (use your life jacket 🙂 ) or you can get out and stroll about. Then continue for one more hour or so to the South Bridge where you are going to take out. You will have to conduct your car shuttle, or when you’ve got a bike, lock it up at the takeout before you start and you’re able to ride the Strand (Cascade’s Riverfront bicycle route ) back to the top.
Cascade, Idaho is a small city on Highway 55 which the majority of men and women pass through from Boise on their approach to McCall. Little do they know what Cascade has to offer.
Kelly’s is a huge asset to the neighborhood and supplies kayakers and stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts a opportunity to practice their skills over four man-made waves. We went early in the day so that it was vacant, but on a hot summer day, this place is’ jammin’.
Inside this blog article, I discuss my 4-day trip containing the very best of Cascade.
If you have worked up an appetite, then grab a snack at the Whistlestop Pub – a bar with yummy pizza and hamburgers – before heading out of town.
While I’ve got your focus about the hot springs….please please please don’t mess at the hot springs. Instead, pack out all your garbage and some other trash you locate and be respectful of others. To brush up on your own springs etiquette before you visit these particular locations in Idaho, then check out this blog post.
After your hike, continue up FS #446 until it ends at the air traffic control station. Notice the place of some wonderful free campsites if you want to return here .
This night, your alternatives for camping are endless. You are able to snag a website at one of the 10 campgrounds at Lake Cascade (bookings, particularly on weekends, are recommended). For people who need LTE, I did have complete Verizon signal near the Van Wyck Campground, which is first come, first served.
Head to the warm Lake coastline for this early morning shine since the fog rises off the lake. After a tasty breakfast in the Warm River Lodge, package up and drive back into Cascade for a day under the sun on Idaho’s largest lake.
For an awesome dinner in Cascade, you will not need to overlook Remington’s. This upscale restaurant is your finest Cascade has ever seen, and everything we had was absolutely delicious.
Side note: I’ve always been kind of anti-ATV, which was my first time in a side-by-side. I have to confess it was incredibly fun, and I see why people can do that, particularly in an area like Cascade. Ok ongoing on…
If you do not understand right now, the region around Cascade has miles and miles of Forest Service and 4×4 roads to explore. For the largest possible amount of dirt road fun, lease a side-by-side in Lake Cascade Sport and Marine.
Day 2 – Exploring Lake Cascade State Park
For the final day in Cascade, grab breakfast in Grandma’s Restaurant – a traditional Cascade diner and the only spot in the city serving breakfast.
Another alternative if you need to shower or plug-in would be Arrowhead RV Park in the south end of Cascade and right on the lake’s edge. Take a look at this list of my favorite apps and tools for finding a free and legal off-grid camping.
For the afternoon, grab all you need for a relaxing beach afternoon – think cold beverages, a shore chair/towel, swimsuit, and songs. If you have a bike, you will want that too. (You can rent one from River Gear from Cascade). Otherwise, set on foot across the Crown Point Trail, a rail trail that runs along the southern coast of Lake Cascade. You’ll notice a lot of spur trails leading down to various coves and beaches. Select one and set up shop for the day’s remainder.