Bench Lakes Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Bench Lakes Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1384 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail giving you views of redfish lake as you go.

1 month ago

Nice hike with beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Trail just as described. It appears there's no trail to the upper 2 lakes, just the lower 2. I plan to return and allow more time in the day to bushwack to the upper lakes - Got started too late to do that!

2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

The trail was easy to navigate, but there are a lot of loose rocks. Ankle support recommended. There are a lot of day hikers from Redfish Lake that use this trail, traffic was fairly heavy during the day. However, I camped overnight at the second Bench Lake and only saw one other person.

The bugs were BAD. There were lots of horse flies in my face and biting me all day, then the most mosquitoes I think I've ever seen at night. Come prepared. I hid in my tent for a good portion of the day to avoid the bugs.

The night was beautiful and great for the astrophotography I came for. I also had a deer visit camp for about 20 minutes in the evening.

2 months ago

Nicely maintained trail, decided to hike only to the second Bench Lake. Tried unsuccessfully to do a little fishing on the two lower lakes. Did run into a black bear on the trail early in the morning.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Came up to break in my hammock. Had a lot of fun. Mosquitos were kinda lame, and it started raining in the middle of the night. But that can be easily remedied.

The lake was really nice, way warmer than expected. Kind of crowded, but still a good trip for testing new gear.

hiking
3 months ago

There is a lot of potential in the area. Stanley is a beautiful area. The trail itself was a little over traveled for the first few miles. Once you get back to the first lake you start to lose some of the traffic which is nice. The downside of that is that the trail gets harder and harder to read the deeper you go. I only made my way to the end of the second lake (about 5 miles in) before I decided it wasn't wise to continue. I was by myself. The trail didn't offer as much elevation as I'd had hoped for. But it was still a pretty hike nonetheless. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a family hike/camping trip. Wasn't too strenuous and I passed a few younger children on the far end of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Frequent views of beautiful alpine lakes. We continued off trail to the upper-most bench lake adding an extra couple miles to the hike. Not too crowded. Saw deer and ptarmigan. Only con is that the trail can get very dusty, kicking it up for the person behind you as you hike.

hiking
4 months ago

10 months ago