Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Challis National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Attempted this one a few days ago - for all intents and purposes, this should be a pretty easy hike. The snow has mostly melted around Stanley Lake, making the beginning of this hike very deceptive. After a mile or two in, the snow is still pretty deep with plenty of post-holing up to about mid-thigh on me. I made it approximately 3 miles in until I met the "creek" which is now ~30 ft across with no way to cross unless you want to wade through the water and then continue walking in the snow. The cool water will likely be refreshing once it warms up a bit more, will have to try this one again after the snow melts.

hiking
8 months ago

Very difficult, good thing it wasn't too long. Beautiful lake at the top.

impossible to reach due to river crossing.

great hike. so much elevation but it is so worth it in the end.

Very steep at the beginning but then levels out. It was beautiful. A great hike for kids. Mine loved exploring around the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Great and a steep hike. View at destination is just amazing. If you have a Fitbit smart tracker, it would take approx. 11000 steps and 200 floors to reach at the top.

Beautiful hike! It's a must do!

backpacking
10 months ago

Water is cold the fish are fun and the views are fantastic! Many wildflowers on the way as well.
Take a high clearance vehicle as there are a couple rocky spots.

10 months ago

The road to get to the trailhead is rough and a 4wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is necessary.

Great hike to enjoy solitude. Trail can be easy to lose in the snow - be sure to bring your map. GPS was also extremely helpful!

hiking
10 months ago

On 7/8/17, with 4 kids as young as 6, we made it just shy of the falls. The 40' wide "creek" was more than we bargained for. To help the kids stay focused on the 3 mile trek back down to the lake, I suggested they count the trees impeding the path. No joke, there were exactly 150 of them we had to either hike around, climb over, or limbo under. We also saw a few mountain bikers on the trail who were struggling much more than we were.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great short hike. Crosses a couple of streams during the first 3/4 mile. Pretty steep for the first 1/2 mile as well. Great views and lots of fish at the lake. Nice campsite with 4-5 foot snow drifts in places on July 9th at the inlet.

As of July 3, 2017 the trail has not been cleared. There are probably over 50 fallen trees across the trail all the way up that need to be cleared. If you ride, plan on hiking your bike over the tops of of these trees, some pile up to three feet high. We were on foot and still found it difficult in some areas. Also, plan on a 30 ft across (swift but shallow) river crossing just before you get to the falls. Take lots of mosquito spray as there's lots of standing water right now. Other than that, the views are spectacular!!!

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Very scenic with lots of wildflowers.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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
Friday, July 15, 2016

Very beautiful. Loved the hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

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
Friday, July 08, 2016

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
Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

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.

to Observation Peak where the wild flowers are a riot!

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.

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

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.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beautiful

The hike was great, but if you are expecting to be near the falls at the end then you will be disappointed. I looked up some hikes and took a group of about 20 on this trail and when we reached the end many were disappointed by the waterfall. On the way back though a few of us found Lady Face Falls which was definitely worth the small detour (I want to say it was a 1/4 mile trail off the Bridalveil Falls trail). Lady Face Falls was BEAUTIFUL! I would go again just for this waterfall and it was far enough in that it would be a great day hike.

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