Meadow Lake - Camp, Canoe, and Hike near Leadore, Idaho
44.43307500413, -113.3179879984
17.2 miles S of Leadore, Idaho
GPS: 44°25'59.1"N 113°19'4.8"W
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State: Idaho

Camp, Canoe, and Hike

Meadow Lake is a small alpine lake in Boise County, Idaho, United States, located in the Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. There are no trails leading to the lake or the Goat Creek drainage. Meadow Lake is in the Sawtooth Wilderness, and a wilderness permit can be obtained at a registration box at trailheads or wilderness boundaries.

Campground is $10-20 per night.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Leadore, Idaho

  1. Head northeast on Carbonate St toward S Railroad St (138 ft)
  2. Turn right onto ID-28 S/S Railroad St
    Continue to follow ID-28 S
    (15.4 mi)
  3. Turn right onto NF-212 (0.3 mi)
  4. Turn left (1.2 mi)
  5. Turn right (0.9 mi)
  6. Keep right (0.2 mi)
  7. Turn right (0.2 mi)
  8. Turn right onto Forest Rd 002 (3.7 mi)
  9. Slight right to stay on Forest Rd 002
    Destination will be on the right
    (0.2 mi)

From Leadore, Idaho go south 16.8 miles on Hwy. 28. Turn right (west) and follow FS road #60002 for 6.5 miles thru the ghost town of Gilmore and climbing up to the campground (elevation 9,200 feet).

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Meadow Lake Idaho Panorama courtesy of Daniel Schwen Meadow Lake Idaho Panorama courtesy of Daniel Schwen↗
Meadow Lake Idaho Camping and Timelapse by Andrew Bodily Meadow Lake Camping Trip 2014 by Teton Recon


Distance ?

1.1 miles

Real Ascent ?

149 feet

Real Descent ?

167 feet

Grade (-8° to 12°)

-15% to 21%

Distance ?

4.1 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

1,394 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,612 feet

Real Descent ?

218 feet

Avg Grade (7°)


Grade (-23° to 31°)

-42% to 61%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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