There are so many hidden beauties in the state of Idaho. There are hidden hot springs, lakes, and tons of hidden camping areas. This particular one is a bit of a hike to get to, but it is so worth it.

Merriam Lake is in the Lost River Range near Mackay Idaho. The lake is hidden in the mountains and it is a place you must hike to see. It has beautiful blue water and it is surrounded by mountains.

Hiking to Merriam Lake is a trail near Mackay that takes the average person a little over two and a half hours to get to. The total trail runs a little over three and a half miles and you will climb about 1,500 feet over the trail.

In order to reach the trailhead, you have to turn off highway 93 and travel on a gravel road. There are some serious rough patches so you might want to take a four-wheeler to the area. Then you can start the hike.

Don't try too hard to get to Merriam Lake too quickly. There are some beautiful sights along the way from foliage to little waterfalls. You will definitely see a critter or two.

Remember these very important rules if you want to see Merriam Lake. The hike is strenuous. If you are not a hiker I do not recommend this as your first try. Secondly, make sure you pick up after yourself. We do not tolerate littering and destruction around here very much. Leave it better than when you got there. It really is simple. Let's keep nature beautiful for everyone else to enjoy as well.

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