Hike to Baker Lake

Baker Lake Trailhead, Ketchum

Distance

2.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

900 Feet

Activities

Fishing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Amanda Solomon

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers

In less than a mile and a half, this trail takes you through pine forest and wildflower meadows to Baker Lake--a perfect way to spend a few hours in Idaho's Smoky Mountains! 

From Baker Creek trailhead, head up the trail as it winds through pine forest and mountain meadows (if you time it right, this hike is ideal for seeing all kinds of wildflowers!). Some sections can be steep, but nothing small children shouldn't be able to handle. The lake itself is a good place to have lunch or a refreshing swim, and it's usually well-stocked with trout, too. Watch for mountain goats on the cirque behind it. 

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Baker Lake

I hiked this lake in mid-July and it was very hot. There is little shade coverage as you hike up to the lake because most of the trees were dead because of the fire that had gone through a few years ago. The lake had plenty of shade though! There were also gorgeous wild flowers on the hike up to the lake. It was a short hike to a beautiful lake and would recommend it to anyone. Also the dirt road going up to the lake is well maintained so that was nice because I was in a small car!

Distance

2.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

900 Feet

Activities

Fishing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Amanda Solomon

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