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I'm surprised people were dissapointed. The falls were beautiful (see pics). You can also get right next to the falls on either side. There is a nice trail to the bottom of the falls on the left. We even saw a guy and his dog in the falls. For a real adventure climb the super steep right side of the falls all the way to the top, and see Hansen Lakes. Heck of a climb but the lakes are very cool.

Great hike into a few different lakes. Had a great time hiking in this beautiful area.

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.

on Elk Mountain Trail

mountain biking
10 months ago

Best short ride while in sun valley. Bit of a road climb to start but well worth it once you get on to the single track. Fantastic scenery and nothing too technical other than some rocks at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Very scenic with lots of wildflowers.

10 months ago

Great first hike in this area. Beautiful and easy. Very first part just a slight hill, then just an easy hike with defined trail. Would do again.

it was steep climb... but fishing is great!! we continued to fish pole lake this time... says 2b trophy fish there... but iron bog had more fish.. the views are amazing!!

hiking
11 months ago

Very beautiful. Loved the hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Quick but steep hike. It starts off kind of hard if you haven't hiked in awhile. Eventually it levels off and the views are amazing. The steepness means you gain elevation pretty quickly and the breeze off the lake was a little chilly.

Saw a couple pika while on the mountain and only one other person was fishing on the other side of the lake. Fish were biting at the little bugs so a good, peaceful fishing spot!

Definitely will do it again and will bring fishing gear.

hiking
11 months ago

It is a strenuous hike but worth the effort. Beautiful views and a lot of shaded areas. Hiked it on a hot morning but was a pleasant experience

backpacking
11 months ago

We hiked into Iron Bog Lake last year and liked it so much we planned an overnight trip with family. Short hike is a plus, the first bit is steep, and then gradual rise from there. From Iron Bog to FishPole is pretty short, just be careful of the rocks and uneven terrain. Our group had good luck with a total of 7 fish, with the biggest just over 12 inches. (None at FishPole with trophy restrictions 20"+ only, seemed over fished to me). Great spot for a day fishing around the lake, or camping. Seemed like a popular spot given the traffic we came across. We'd do it again.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

It was beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed the hike. The elevation gain going in was hard but ok. It was totally worth it when we got to the lake. It was beautiful there was still a small amount of snow on the ground.

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Beautiful drive along the Salmon River from Challis, ID to Stanley, ID. Cool ghost towns to see along the way.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

I hiked Iron bog May 27th, there was about 4ft of snow at 3/4th mark and the rest of the hike and more. The beginning of the hike had clear paths, I'd say June and later is the best time to go.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

to Observation Peak where the wild flowers are a riot!

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

This loop trail starts at an elevation of about 8000 feet at Lake Creek Campground. For the first few miles, it stays near the creek with steep ridges towering high above. The scenery is gorgeous with whitebark pine along the ridgelines and among the numerous long rock slides fanning down from the high ridges. The canyon floor and some slopes are interspersed with willow-choked meadows and forests of fir, spruce, pine, and aspen. Fishing in the creek is really good with mostly brookies in the plentiful beaver ponds.
The incline is fairly gradual for the first four miles. Not far after a large meadow (watch for moose!), the trail splits, then climbs onto a high bench below a long, circular, granite ridge that tops out above 11,000 feet. The trail forms a loop, traversing four lakes on this high bench. If you take the left fork, you will reach Round Lake first at around 9400 feet, then Long Lake, Rough Lake, and finally Big Lake at an elevation near 9700 feet before descending to the trail intersection. The trail doesn't actually go to each lake, but short spur trails leave the loop to each lake. A fifth lake, Golden Lake is about a half mile beyond Big Lake.
There are no developed campsites (except at the trailhead which has picnic tables, water, and an outhouse), but Long Lake does have a picnic table.
I hiked the whole loop last year in early June. Some sections were muddy and there were several remaining snowdrifts. The trail switchbacks on the inclines, making the climb not too strenuous. Motorbikes and side-by-sides (50-inch width max.) are allowed on the trail, and weekends in July and August see a lot of traffic.
I hiked to Long Lake via the left fork this past week and stayed a couple days. The trail is in good shape. There was four inches of snow on the upper trail but it melted before my hike out. The creeks have lots of fish, as does Long Lake. Long Lake is a trophy lake and the limit is two fish, none under 20 inches. The biggest we caught was only 16 inches, but it was a lot of fun.
Sunrises at Long Lake are breathtaking. You can't see the actual sunrise, but the lake reflects those rocky peaks with the sun just touching them, making a stunning picture.

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Very well maintained trail...beautiful views of McGown peak along the way. the falls weren't as spectacular as we hoped, but had a great time anyway. trail is super easy and makes this ~11 mile out and back trail down right enjoyable.