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Gorgeous views, lakes, waterfalls, everything a great backpacking trip consists of! Wow!!! Breathtaking!

Great adventure. Be prepared. The weather can change quickly. Best in late July - early September. Plan on 7-10 hours round trip.

Wow! First weekend in November and a perfect day to Hike. Last Mile had about 5 or 6 big switchbacks and took a little longer getting up that part, but so worth the view.

Great hike, say a lot of wildlife, moose, deer, elk. Fishing wasn't to great, but what can you expect since it's almost November.

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing views along most of the trail. The 360 degree view at the top is stunning and well worth the trip.

By far one of my favorite trails in the area.

Flat for the first two miles and then a gradual elevation gain for the next mile or so. Then very steep toward the end and mostly a scramble up to the top with loose gravel and rock.

Great hike! Plenty of good views and not too difficult. We didn’t see any, but watch for bears and moose as they are active in the area!

One of my favorites. It’s 8.8 miles round trip.

Stunning hike!! Maps took us a little off course. When you get into Clark-Fork, take Main road and just follow it all the way up. It’s mostly unmarked but at one point it looked like Mosquito creek road/university road. Follow it all the way up and there’s a tiny sign on the left side of the road that said Trail 65 with an arrow pointing right. Take that right turn and follow that road. You’ll see two more very subtle signs that look like ‘65’ mile markers. Follow those and you’ll be at the trail! Round trip was a little over 8 Miles. We only saw one goat and there was no snow yet. It was beautiful! We were told to come back in August when the goats are everywhere. Definitely a perfect fall hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has amazing views! We went on a clear, sunny day and was astonished at how much of the valley we could see. The hiking trail is very well-maintained and there is no way you could get lost. When you get to the top it is very windy and cold. I would suggest packing a puff coat in your pack to put on, also having gloves and a hat would be nice. The trail is not very technical but it is a steady incline.
Getting to the trail head however, was a little bit confusing. Once you hit the dirt road just keep looking for the little signs that say trail 65. If you follow those signs you will dead end at the trail head. You go quite a ways on dirt road.
I will definitely make this hike an annual trip!

It is not lightly trafficked July, August

1 month ago

Amazing views. Friendly people on the trail.

My Birthday hike. Beautiful day,
good solid incline. Little dicey on top near the edge for me but a nice challenge. Fun rock scrambles and beautiful views!
For a rookie a decent accomplishment. Don't feed the goats! Don't feed your fears. Enjoy!

Very little snow at the top, amazing lakes. This is one of my fav hikes I've ever done. Would make sure you bring waterproof hiking boots though since the trail was a little muddy and wet

backpacking
1 month ago

A great backpacking trail with nice lake views at the top. Be sure to take a water filter if you are planning to camp at the top.

This is one of my all time favorite hikes in Stanley! I highly recommend heading down to Alpine Lake on the way to Sawtooth. It's a must see! The hike had great views after the 2nd mile or so and they just kept getting better. If you go in July make sure to bring mosquito spray! They definately do get pretty gnarly especially around the water or in the evenings. Other than the kamikaze mosquitos, he hike is beautiful. Highly reccomend!

on Norton Lakes

hiking
1 month ago

Uphill the entire time. The view is worth it though. We went pretty slow and it took us 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop! We did the whole thing and added 1.6 miles on to go to Echo Lake for a total of 28 miles. We did the loop all in one day, though if you aren’t in shape I wouldn’t suggest it. We ran some of it. Bring lots of water, there were a few creeks along the way if you went counter-clockwise. The last half there were not creeks. We didn’t see a single soul on the trail! Beautiful area! Highly recommend going in the fall. The colors were amazing!!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite hike ! Just when I’m feeling invincible I like to hike this trail just to knock myself down a peg!

1 month ago

Great hike! Well worth the uphill climb! Lake is beautiful at the end!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike!! Planned on doing the loop in one day. Recorded - 19.2 Miles in 8.5 hours. Going sack to overnight it.

I am 73. I staged this hike. Camped at the 1st saddle. Left the next morning at 7:30 : was on top at 2:30, left at 3:00. Was back at the TH by 8:40 with a little help from my head lamp. No wind except enough to keep one cool. I believe this hike, though not as long and high as Longs Peak in Colorado, is tougher than Longs Peak. The hidden danger on this trail is not the bouldering but hypoxia - altitude sickness. Climb slow enough and take frequent rests to allow your body to adjust to the altitude gain. I’m a photographer so I always wait for the light - no early morning hiking until I can take photos. Don’t just “bag a Peak,” enjoy the climb and the views.

This hike is tough. I’ve done it twice. The second time felt harder than a few years ago and I believe it’s simply because I hadn’t done as many smaller, but incline heavy hikes. It’s steep. I see people say any shoe will work. I would suggest good hiking shoes and socks. I instantly got blisters on my heel from the stepping up of inclines. All being said- it’s beautiful. Awesome views. Well marked trail. We dropped about 20 degrees once we hit the top- take a jacket! Good for dogs (on a leash). I probably wouldn’t recommend this to people who don’t like a tough, rewarding workout hike. No goats seen on our trip.

One of our absolute favorite hikes!! It’s long, but not a hard hike with lots of beautiful views!

Best hike ever on my birthday.
Unbelievable views. 3 States plus Canada. Would love to do again next year.

If you camp, it’s $5 and the fee station is right next to the outhouses (insanely clean in there). Personally I’m not the most fit person as I spent the past month and a half in California (~500 ft in elevation) but it took me about 10 hours to do it. The ascent starts out moderate then gets steeper till the tree line. From there it’s pretty easy going even through Chicken Out Ridge. The last bit is a bit intense but no one was on their hands and feet so it’s not that steep. The trail can be a little hard to find sometimes so I’d just look up once in a while and make sure you’re actually on a trail and not just rock hopping.

Chicken out ridge is not that scary. Just be careful and take your time. It can get a bit intense when the wind is blowing really hard but again just take it slow.

Epic run with amazing views on a well maintained trail!
As good as it gets!

2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes

Upper Lake was great.Leg burner for the last quarter mile. Don't look for campsites by the lake but pick your birds nest north of the lake by abandoned outhouse. Plenty of knobs to choose from.

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