Stroud Lake Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leadore, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
The trail follows a forest road to a lake surrounded by mountains form three sides. There is quite a bit of logs cross the trail, but going over is not difficult. The trail is easy to follow. A few easy creek crossings. There is snow early in the season and more water in the creek.
Stroud Lake is 3.2 miles each way from the trailhead. The first half of the trail is an easy hike--gradual incline. The last half of the trail is very rocky and has several steep inclines. The lake itself is "small" compared to other alpine lakes in the area. There is really only one good camping spot on the lake. The fishing was poor--very few fish in the lake and those caught were small (less than 6") brook trout. Otherwise, it was quiet, serene and good for a late September hike and overnighter.
This is one of the best hikes I've done around here. 5/5 on solitude. 5/5 on great views. Although, the trail has been used for atv-ing which made it very unstable and slippery during the steep parts. That was the only down side. very beautiful and very memorable. There were campsites at the lake as well.