Road Trip Worthy: Northern Idaho’s Hidden Water Slide
Summer in the Gem State, there's nothing quite like it!
Even though Summer 2020 might look a little different than years past, it’s still something to look forward to. Sure, there’s no city pools available for swimming in Boise, but Nampa’s pools are open. So is Roaring Springs. Plus, we’ve got so many natural bodies of water available to cool down in: Lucky Peak, Quinn’s Pond, Eagle Island, the quick trip up to Payette Lake in McCall...
Those are all easily doable day trips from Boise, but I stumbled across a video of something a little further away that might be worth making a weekend out of!
If you make the nine-hour drive north to Priest Lake, you've got the opportunity to take a ride on a wild, natural waterslide under the shade of one of Idaho's lush green forests! Located not far from the Lion Head Campground, the slide's been a local favorite for years. According to the Spokesman-Review, it's believed that a logger stumbled across it on the job and after giving it a few test runs, spread to words to Idahoans living in the area!
When you get to the Lion Head Campground at Preist Lake State Park, don't turn left. Instead, you'll see a signless gravel road. Take a right on that road and follow it for five(ish) miles. When you come to the trailhead, park and follow the trail for 1.5 miles until you come to the slide. If you don't want to rough up your bum on the rocks, bring a trash bag with some padding in it to enjoy the ride as the current pushes you down the slide.
The Weekend Getaways Show on YouTube took a trip to the waterslide in 2016! If you want to check out what the road to get there looks like, you can see it in this video and see the perfect technique to get the best ride out of this natural beauty!