Fourth of July Lake Trail

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Fourth of July Lake Trail is a 5.5 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.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 862 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
3 days ago

This hike took to lake Washington about 6 miles. We reached an elevation of 9578 feet. It was a September cold day. Still was a moderate hike because you drive in 10 miles from HWY 75 and it is up there. Overall was awesome and lame Washington was so cool. Enjoy.

hiking
15 days ago

Fun and moderately easy trail, decent fishing in both Fourth of July and Washington.

hiking
1 month ago

just did this. awesome hike

backpacking
1 month ago

great little hike with a nice lake full of fish

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Very pretty, but lots of bugs at the lake. Road to the trailhead is a bit rough but doable. Trail is very dog friendly.

1 month ago

beautiful lake. all trials says 5.5 miles sign at trailhead says 1.25. Feels like about 2 miles in.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

This is a great hike! The gravel road back to the trailhead is in great condition and should be fine for any passenger vehicle at this time. The trail is mostly uphill in and downhill out. We clocked about 5 miles in just under 2 hours, and that includes going on back to Washington Lake, which I highly recommend if you are doing this hike. Fourth has a ton of mosquitoes, so make sure you go prepared! Washington has way fewer, so if you need to take a break, that's the best place for it. One thing to note is that the trail splits before you get to the lake. Follow the right, towards Washington, and you'll be at the lake shortly.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Traverse some smaller creeks. Head left at the fork before heading to Fourth of July Lake/Washington Lake and hike up a mile of moderately steep trail to Ant Basin. Well worth the detour for the view.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to a beautiful lake

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Trailhead is actual 10.5 miles down a gravel/dirt road off of highway 75. Narrow road and can be tricky when you meet someone driving out of the trailhead. Hike was just over 4 miles, not 5.5. Trail is good and considered moderate. We had our 7 yr old granddaughter with us and she was fine. The problem was near and at the lake. Thousands of mosquitos and bigger than your normal backyard variety. They were everywhere and thicker as you got closer to the lake. Impossible to sit down and take a break or have a picnic. Was told Washington lake was worse which is up the trail further. Otherwise a fun adventure but bugs ruined the lake area.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, beautiful scenery. F of J Lake was gorgeous. Its a no drone zone, so thats out. The worst part of this venture was people with unleashed dogs, our two small dogs got attacked by dogs left to wonder without restraint. Thank goodness the irresponsible owners got there in time.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike with some snow along the trail. There’s one creek crossing that’s a little tricky otherwise, this is a hike almost anyone can do. It’s worth it to continue on to Washington Lake...some nice wildflowers along the trail.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Easy trail with some snow in late June. Slight incline. Can be difficult to navigate coming back down.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
snow
2 months ago

As every guide suggests, waiting until late July will help ensure all the snow is melted. At this point in the season there's still a ton of snow masking the proper route so expect a lot of post holing through snow. Otherwise, the lake sure is picturesque.

7 months ago

Quite easy going into Fourth of July Lake, but you are greeted with spectacular mountains and a beautiful lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Not my favorite hike but it was definitely well worth it. Don’t be discouraged by the lack of trees from a wildfire in August. To access the hike you must drive 10 miles on a dirt road, and then you’ll hit the trailhead (this is a nicely maintained dirt road). The trailhead was beautifully maintained. It was about 50° with some patches of snow and a tiny bit of ice on Oct 26, 2018. We were the only hikers their, so it was nice to see a trail without a lot of people. 4th Of July Lake is beautiful. We did the aprox 3.6 mile round trip hike in about 90 mins.

11 months ago

this was a great hike! not too difficult or too far.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Great hike for all ages. Payoff with a beautiful alpine lake!

hiking
Friday, August 10, 2018

Really nice hike with many creek crossings. I will do this again next time I take a trip to this area. Fourth of July Lake is a beautiful stop, but trail continues. It adds another 3/4 to 1 mile to go past a pond and descend to Washington Lake. Really stunning location to spend some time. Peaceful, clear water, and a nice ridge line across the lake. We didn’t take the trail any farther. Wildflowers were still blooming, especially in more lush areas by creeks. Pretty awesome microclimates. Trail is fairly wide. No insects (early-mid August). There was a 10 mile trip in on gravel road to get to the trail head. The last 6 miles of which is an area burned by a wildfire perhaps 5 years prior. 3 horses and later, 3 dirt bikes also went up during our hike. They all passed respectfully. We saw a good number of other hikers, but it wasn’t crowded. Many were backpackers coming in from much longer treks in White Cloud. Loved the hike!

backpacking
Thursday, August 09, 2018

We did this as part of the White Clouds loop backpacking. Lovely lake and hike.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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.

backpacking
Saturday, June 16, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautiful short hike

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