This Hidden Water Slide Makes Us Want to Road Trip to Northern Idaho
Summer in the Gem State, there's nothing quite like it!
Last July, I remember standing outside the Train concert at the Idaho Center with a few fans from Nebraska who chose this particular show to travel to because they thought Idaho wouldn't be unbearably hot. I tried to hold back a few giggles when I asked them if they'd Googled weather summer weather in the Treasure Valley. We all know that it gets hot....like "I just put this shirt on 10 minutes ago and I've already sweat through it" hot.
But luckily, we have every single way you could imagine to cool down when the temps sore into the 100ºs. Between city pools and Roaring Springs, Quinn's Pond and floating the Boise River, Lucky Peak or a short trip to Payette lake, there's no shortage of fun on and in the water. Those are all day trips from the Treasure Valley, but I stumbled across a video of something a little further away that might be worth making a weekend out of it!
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!