Updated: Aug 23, 2021
After 5 attempts, we finally made it up to Packsaddle Lake! Every time I have tried to go something has come up, but this weekend, we made it! I recommend checking out this lake on a hot summer afternoon. The hike down is doable for most ages even though it is a little steep. The road to the upper parking area can only be driven by vehicles with 4 wheel drive and clearance. Otherwise there are multiple locations to pull off and park along side the dirt road including a lower lot about 3 miles away from the lake.
The views of the Tetons is remarkable at the top of the hill/the upper lot! At 7,700 feet elevation with the valley spread below you and the Tetons bounding the eastern horizon, you feel like you are on top of the world! For an evening on a weekend, the lake wasn't as busy as I had expected, but there were still a good amount of people. This isn't the most secluded mountain lake in Idaho but it is certainly worth seeing! When I go back, I will go early in the morning to catch the sunrise and avoid the crowd.
The water is crisp and clear, perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, and wading along the shore! Truly a remarkable treasure of Idaho. There are multiple camping locations around the lake with space for tents and hammocks, plus several clear shores for beach-like access to the small alpine lake. Whether you wish to stay the night or. Have a picnic, this place is for you!
There are multiple routes to Packsaddle, take any of the eastern ones from Tetonia and Driggs. The western routes, on the Rexburg-side of the hills, cross into private property and are inaccessible. Try to get out to this spot if you can, It's a pretty one!
Here are a few pictures from this weekend, enjoy!!