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.