Joesephus Lake Campground - Idaho

Josephus Lake is located in Challis National Forest about 20 miles north of highway 21 and probably 40-50 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho. The road from highway 21 is not paved. The first 10+ miles are a well graded gravel road suitable for travel trailers. The second half of the route becomes more narrow and rocky. If driven carefully most any stock SUV can make it up there without a problem.Take a look at the Gaia GPS data below for a closer look at the route to the lake.The campground has around 10 sites. A couple right on the main lake and a few closer to a secondary lower lake. Some other sites are further up in the forest and are pretty large, suitable for groups. Take a look at the Gaia GPS data below for a closer look at the route to the lake.

A trailhead to Soldier Lakes and beyond is located here as well. There is a small parking booth and a registration box for hikers. I did a day hike to the Soldier Lakes which you can learn more about here…

Campsite at Josephus Lake

Josephus Lake view from campsite.

Get the Idaho Benchmark Map I used for this trip below. These maps are super detailed, display 4wd roads, landmarks and more!

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Soldier Lakes Day Hike

While staying at Josephus Lake Campground I made the 4 mile hike to the Soldier Lakes area in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This was a moderate 8 mile round trip with about 1,000 ft of elevation gain before dropping a couple hundred feet back down to the lakes. The trail up is pretty gradual so this can be pretty easy in and out backpacking trip. There are several really nice camping spots along the shore of each of the lakes. Lieutenant Lake is probably the most scenic due to be set up agains a rock wall. See the GAIA GPS data for more details and trail photos.


Lieutenant Lake, Lowest of the Soldier Lakes.

General Lake of the Soldier Lakes in Idaho


Soldier Lakes Trail