Boise County, Idaho

Hike to Jennie Lake

Originally added by Garren Moore

Well behaved dogs can be off leash. There are existing fire pits at the lake (please use). Often, other backpackers will be around - beneficial if you're not ready to enter Idaho's expansive wilderness with just your own group/family. 9 miles roundtrip. Elevation Gain: 1950 feet.

Perhaps one of the best beginner-esque lake hikes closest to Boise, making your way to Jennie Lake can either be packed-in overnight or and out-and-back day hike. You'll be delighted by the secluded ambiance of the lake and the cool mountain breeze rushing through the pines.

Getting There:
Make your way to the Jennie Lake trailhead by heading north on Hwy 21 (from Boise) past Idaho City but before Lowman. About 10 to 15 miles after Idaho City you'll see signs for Whoop-Um-Up recreation area, which directly after you'll turn right onto 384 and then eventually take the fork left to 348. This road seems to be maintained and suitable for most sedans (...maybe not a Prius). After 7 miles after the fork, look for a sign that says "Jennie Lake trail". Searching Google Maps "Jennie Lake Trailhead" will navigate you via exact directions to the trailhead, which is a quaint 5-6 car gravel parking.

From there, the trail is quite obvious, starting at ~5,900 ft and ascending essentially the entire way to the lake. Plan 3 to 4 hours for the ascent along a well marked, dirt and gravel trail (about 4 1/2 miles). You'll see wildflowers, pine, deer, a mint field, and a small river.

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Camping
Fishing
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Jarrett Vines

about 2 months ago

Jennie Lake 09/19

Was a beautiful hike, wish the weather had been better though. Went Mid-September and it snowed the whole time. Definitely a fun day hike or backpacking trip. More Intermediate then Beginner

Tougher than I expected

Beautiful wildflowers, Trail was great. Didn’t see any animals because we hiked in the middle of the day. I don’t consider this an easy hike. We did it as a day hike and I was exhausted by the time I got to the lake. Maybe if you hike a lot, this would be no big deal. But we did this based on the reviews that we read, and I don’t get to hike very often. Really loved the scenery but will not do it again at my age and skill level.

Pretty Hike

Me and my brother hiked in there on a Friday night. It was a beautiful hike! We both enjoyed it. The lake is pretty, but wasn’t one to swim in because the lake floor was nasty. And the fish didn’t bite at all! Ha but it was still really pretty and I bet if we would have climbed wolf peak it would have been a better trip

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