Fourth of July Lake Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Fourth of July Lake Trail is a 3.4 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 June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.4 miles
613 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers


A day hike or overnighter to a beautiful alpine lake, nestled in a green meadow A nice hike with a gradual incline through rich forests and lush meadows to a beautiful lake nestled in a meadow at the base of towering mountains. An excellent day hike for most everyone and an excellent overnight hike for youth. Sharp eyes may see many types of wildlife, including deer, elk and sheep.

6 days ago

Beautiful hike up, crosses streams and creeks the whole way. Pretty easy hike with a good deal of shade. The view up at the lake is very pretty. Bring bug spray!

27 days ago

Great hike. scenic and shady. We went the 21 of June and there were a few places we hiked through the snow. Spent the night at the lake and was a little cold.

1 month ago

Great hike! Still lots of snow on the trail, knee deep in places, but was able to pack in and camp overnight at the lake.

1 month ago

May 26, 2018. Too snowy to actually hike. I parked about a mile from the trail head because the snow was too deep to continue on a car. Got to the trail head and did about half a mile of the trail before turning back. Absolutely beautiful but snow up to my knees in many places (I'm 6'2"). You could probably do the hike if you had snow shoes.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great hike, I swear it isn't marked correctly, felt longer than 3.5 miles. Nice place to hike to and have a picnic.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great little hike- steepest at the end. There is a lot of burned forest before you get there but don't be discouraged. The forest is still B-E-A-U-TIFUL and the little lake is clear and breath taking.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautiful short hike

Friday, July 29, 2016

It was a pretty enjoyable trail, but definitely uphill the whole way. Not impossible, but there is a reason it is rated moderate and not easy. The lake was beautiful! Well worth the effort to get there. The area to the trail is pretty burned from a fire a couple years ago (as of July 2016) so it isn't as pretty as it used to be.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The only issue is for people not accustomed to altitude. Trail starts at 8787 feet and goes over 9000. My GPS calculated one way of 1.7 miles. The day I hiked there was light snow the night before which really added to the beautiful view of the lake and mountain backdrop. Road to TH is 10.2 miles of mostly 1 lane dirt road.

cross country skiing
Sunday, July 05, 2015

This was only my 2nd hike ever. It's completely uphill the entire way up, and although I felt it was a little tough (due to my inexperience), it is doable for most everyone & was a piece of cake on the way down. Lots of little streams & waterfalls along the way and then a beautiful lake! Will definitely do again & continue on a bit further to Washington Lake!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Very nice lake backed by a jagged ridge. A fairly easy hike, so there will be more people on this trail. It's an easy trek to continue on towards Washington Lake.

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