Observation Peak

HARD 2 reviews
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Observation Peak is a 32.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
32.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,665 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

off trail

1 month ago

a great view of the sawtooths and of the Lakes below the peak.I believe the milage is wrong, not that far ,good day hike

hiking
5 months ago

This is the only peak in the Sawtooth Wilderness with a Class I trail to the top. The trail starts at Stanley Lake Campground and follows the Idaho Centennial Trail up to a saddle, where it can be difficult to find the Observation Peak Trail at first. Look for the switchbacks above and scramble over some rocks to get to it. This can also be accessed from the Grandjean Trailhead. The last few miles are steep switchbacks, but offer beautiful views to keep you motivated. There is a cairn and lock box at the top. There is a nice view of Horsetail Falls along the way.