Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop

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Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 21.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4,179 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

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bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked the loop over 2 days, counter-clockwise towards Farley Lake. Skipped Edith Lake and camped up on the saddle north-west of Twin Lakes. Second day was all downhill. The crossings are shallow and never needed water shoes. Lot's of people, the trail head was overflowing.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

we did alice lake trail only. it was 11.6 mile hike from car back to car. very preety trail. rocks along the way. most steep at end. streams along the way. some streams to pass or walk over! beautiful mountain vistas along the way. beautiful weather in mid/end august here!!

Toxoway to twin lakes—almost. And back

Imogen to Edith, from top of pass

hiking
2 months ago

Disagree with both ratings. This is not a moderately trafficked trail at all. It's extremely busy and people should be very careful going out on weekends before Labor Day. I started this on a Sunday afternoon and the trailhead was slammed with a large number of departing backpackers and dayhikers. It's also popular with outfitters who take people out on horses. If you do go on a weekend, I'd plan on either not camping at the lakes or getting to your end point early to snag a spot. Even Monday and Tuesday were busy by Idaho standards. Don't think this is a difficult trail either. It's stock grade, which makes the climbs relatively easy. Sand Mountain is an easy side trip. There's a well worn use trail just after (clockwise) the pass. Beautiful trip. There's a reason it's one of the most popular in the area. I do agree that Farley to the trailhead isn't the greatest though. Camp 200 feet from water. It's LNT 101. You'll be far warmer if you camp away from the water anyways and won't get half the condensation.

2 months ago

HELP!!! If you plan to go to Alice, I left my personal hiking journal on the large peninsula near the islands. Please look for it and contact me if you find it! Chelseasantiago8700@gmail.com

hiking
2 months ago

I did this loop in a day and it took me about 10 hours to finish at a steady pace. Beautiful trail for the most part. Lots of river crossings and downed trees. The last section of the hike (after Edith Lake) back to Pettit Lake was a little boring. Lots of mosquitoes and flies so bring bug spray!

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Backpacked this loop 7/7-7/9. Went clockwise from Pettit Lake and camped the first night at Alice Lake. There were 5 water crossings on the way to Alice, the deepest one coming right above my knees (I’m 5’2”). Sport sandals are necessary and my trekking poles were helpful for crossing. Plenty of camp sites at Alice. The trail from Alice to Toxaway still has snow at the top and if you’re going that direction, regular hiking boots worked fine and again, the poles were helpful. There were mosquitoes along the whole trail and at all the lakes but not terrible. The squirrels will get into your food bags if you’re not paying attention. There’s only one river crossing from Toxaway back to Pettit. We had all types of weather - sunny, windy, rainy, hail, thunder. A long sleeve base layer, a puffy jacket, and rain jacket were all good to have as well as a warm hat. There were all different color wildflowers all along the trail and all the views were super pretty!

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blowdown
bugs
snow
3 months ago

Awesome trail with varied terrain and views. All of the lakes are stunning, some wildflowers out. Not much wildlife other than birds and chipmunks. A good amount of snow at the highest point / ridge going up after twin lakes if you go clockwise, but it’s soft enough and a decent grade so pretty manageable. Great camping spots if we’d decided to do in several days. Lots of bugs at Toxaway. Tons of trees down and covering trail between toxaway and the end of the route, a bit tough to navigate.

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bugs
snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

When viewing this activity on 6/5/19 I noticed that this loop isn't actually 29 miles -- when this event was recorded the hikers initially did 4.8 miles then doubled back to the parking lot before starting the hike again. Actual loop is only about 19'ish miles if you subtract out that first redundant 10 miles.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful country. I've done this hike in segments, the latest being a hike into Farley Lake via Yellowbelly Lake and then a trail run the next day from Farley to Toxaway. Great weather in September and an ideal time to hike the Sawtooths. I also did a scramble off trail part way up Imogene Peak. I don't think it would have been too difficult, time permitting, to summit that one from Farley Lake. Earlier, I've gone from Alturas to Twin Lakes. The Sawtooths are a little slice of heaven on earth. Dogs are leashed during certain times of the year though not too many people follow those rules.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked from Pettite Lake to Alice Lake on 06/28/2018. Almost July and the trail above Alice Lake was still snowed in. Woke up the next morning with ice on my tent fly. Two fast water crossings without logs or bridge.

hiking
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fantastic hike completed in ten hours. First snow of the year with beautiful fall colors. Trail names (numbers not referenced) are well marked.

backpacking
Sunday, September 30, 2018

We did this hike in three days in the last weekend in June. The weather was perfect and we would absolutely do this again. Like other reviewers, I also recommend hiking clockwise due to the hotter, dryer, final stretch back to Pettite (Pet-it). We stayed camped at Alice and Toxaway Lake and after doing the full hike, would definitely stay at those two lakes if we ever did this again. Things to note: 1. You cross a river about 5/6 times. I strongly recommend having chocos or some other very secure, sturdy sandal to change in to when doing this. or at least be prepared to change socks or something. 2. Toxaway lake had approx. 500 Billion mosquitos- Deet is an absolute must. 3. There is snow at the top of this trail-I was SO grateful for my trekking poles at this point. Also pants. 4. There is a point on the way back to the car where the trail forks and there is the worst possible signage situation happening. It is towards the end, and you have the option to keep going straight or take a sharp right turn, as though your going back in the direction that you just came from, and you need to take that. You'll have some last minute up-hill action and then you'll drop back down towards pettit. Please don't be the people that are leaving trash in the mountains. take out what you bring in. And have fun!

hiking
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Incredible backpacking trip with stellar views and interesting terrain throughout. Switchbacks made for easy ascents and lengthy descents. We did the loop starting at tin cup heading counter-clockwise with camp at Farley Lake on night one and Alice Lake on night two per Backpacker magazine. Could do in one night with a stay at Toxaway, but I would recommend savoring this one!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

This is a really difficult hike but well worth it. Camped at Alice Lake 2 nights.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Just completed this trip. Did it over the course of two nights but could be done as an overnight if you’re feeling up to it. Camped at Alice lake (best camp spots are towards the end of the lake. If you cross the creek flowing from Twin Lakes there is a nice secluded spot atop a small cliff. Bring your hammock!) Snowyside Pass was clear of snow and the trail was in great condition. Ran into some snow going over the pass to Edith lake but was easily crossed with trekking poles. There is no camping near the shore of Edith for restoration purposes. Please respect this! Camp in the designated camp area just up the trail from the lake. Water is amazing! Make sure to go for a swim. I would recommend doing the hike clockwise due to the trail from Edith lake back to the car park having stretches where it is dry, heat exposed, and a touch less pretty. Best to be cruising down hill through this section. An absolutely beautiful hike and will 10/10 do it again. *Be prepared for 183,824,198 mosquitoes* Also, thanks to the trail crews for maintaining such an awesome trail!

backpacking
Saturday, July 07, 2018

Alice lake is one of my favorite lakes in the Sawtooths

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