Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes is a 7.9 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,965 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A nice hike up a forested trail, past lovely Fourth Of July lake, then over a high ridge with great views of the Sawtooth range to the west, high peaks of the White Clouds and a pretty meadow below. The trail over the ridge switch back down to the meadow then another downgrade through the pines, across a large rock strewn sidehill, and back into pines where several lakes are nestled under the craggy peaks.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 208-726-7672 or 208-774-3681

The trailhead is located by following Idaho hwy 75 about 15 miles south of Stanley. After crossing fourth of July creek the gravel road access is on the left. The trailhead is about 15 miles at the end of this road. The parking area is large with unloading ramps and toilet facilities. A Sawtooth Recreation trailhead pass is required.

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Laura Gamble
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Beautiful scenery,. Tough, but not long. 4 miles to Born Lake. 2 miles of exploring the area. 4 miles out.

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Juergen Sattler
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Adam Yetter
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Started hiking at the 4th of July trailhead at 5:15pm. Got to Borne Lakes at about 7:15. Fairly sheltered on the way up the ridge (10k') then a nice walk down to the lakes. Plenty of established camping spots around the lakes. I saw about 5-6 groups on a Saturday evening. Had intentions of climbing Lonesome Lake Peak but decided against it without a clear route to the peak. Minimal mosquitos. Fourth of July rd is about 10 miles long.

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Liz Proper
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Great views. Easy elevation. Nice, secluded well-marked trail up to a spectacular ridge line.

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Edward Northen
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A nice moderate day hike, lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery. Flyfishing for small cutthroat trout and released them.

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

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Kevin Wilson
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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.

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Craig Dunn
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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.

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Michael Packer
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We hiked into Born Lakes on the first day and then hiked out on the second day. It was spectacular countryside. We found a nice campsite on the largest of the Born Lakes, on the outlet side. The sunset was amazing. There were a few mosquitoes but not too bad. The trail is well kept and there is plenty of water along the way. The view from Ant's Divide was beautiful. The traffic on the trail was light on Friday but quite heavy on Saturday as we were descending. Of course the portion of the trail to Fourth of July Lake is heavily used.

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Jam B
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I love Born! It is pretty steep in parts and you go uphill both ways. Can't avoid it! But there are great views along the way and at the lake!

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Alexis Pfefferle
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Chris Mouser
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Shelli Maker
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M B
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Krista Cole
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Janet Ruzich
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Josh Gray
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Jocelyn Johnson
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sara montrone
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David Wolff
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