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Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes

MODERATE 11 reviews
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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.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,965 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

Tue Nov 22 2016

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

Thu Aug 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.

Fri Aug 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.

Sat Jul 25 2015

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.

Fri Aug 16 2013

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!

4 months ago

Wed Aug 16 2017