Imogene Lake

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Imogene Lake is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Imogene Lake is a stunning high alpine lake with a complicated shoreline due to the geologic jointing in the underlying bedrock. Several islands dot the lake, the largest of which is connected by an isthmus to the north shore. The trail to Imogene hugs the eastern side of the lake/drainage before making the final climb through numerous switchbacks to the divide with the Yellow Belly drainage.

hiking
16 days ago

backpacking
18 days ago

This is a gorgeous hike that I did as an out and back. Be mindful that to get to the upper roaring hells trailhead where this post starts the hike, you might need 4-wheel drive, as the road is pretty gnarly, I had to turn around and start at the lower roaring hells trailhead. It adds three miles in each direction (barely any elevation change), but you will get to Imogene lake from there in 9 miles.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

This was a spectacular trail. I backpacked and spent the night at I'm Imogene lake. The hike to hell roaring lake was quite easy. Then up to Imogene there was a lot more altitude gain. The trail was super easy to follow. Very well-maintained. Very clean. Bring big spray. Go to the right for lots of amazing campsites.

2 months ago

Serene and magical. Hike can be extended beyond Imogene Lake very easily - bring your map and enjoy this one!!

backpacking
3 months ago

An incredibly beautiful place. I've been to Hell Roaring Lake many times, Imogene Lake once. July and August can be quite busy with people. September and October, not so much. In fact, I've been there in October when I am pretty sure I was the only person in the whole of the Hell Roaring draining. This is stunning alpine scenery.