Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, ID that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A nice hike to a beautiful chain of lakes nestled high In the White Clouds A nice hike up a forested trail, past lovely Fourth Of July lake, then over a high ridge with great views of the Sawtooth range to the west, high peaks of the White Clouds and a pretty meadow below. The trail over the ridge switch back down to the meadow then another downgrade through the pines, across a large rock strewn sidehill, and back into pines where several lakes are nestled under the craggy peaks. Some of the small lakes were dry when we were there in the late fall but the others were full and beautiful. The fishing was good too.
Hiked from 4th of July trailhead to Washington lake and made camp there. Then off to upper Chamberlain Lakes for a night. That was approximately 6 miles with the last 2 up hill and require decent conditioning on the hikers part. We then traveled back to 4th of July Lake for the last night. That was 7.2 miles or so and made for a tiring hike. After sleeping there it was a brisk 1.2 or so downhill back to the trailhead. We saw seven mountain goats at the upper chamberlain. Once during the first evening there and the they revisited the morning we left. Also saw a health doe while trekking back to 4th of July.
A pleasant uphill grind, with a harsher climb over a tall ridge to a pretty bowl with lakes. Most interesting was sunset sun or alpenglow on the ridges. A nice buck visited our campsite for breakfast before the dogs scared it off. My 11-year old daughter hiked over the 10,000' ridge and had fun despite the midnight downpour. The lower trail is quite busy and includes bikes.
I love Born! It is pretty steep in parts and you go uphill both ways. Can't avoid it! But there are great views along the way and at the lake!