Stanley Lake to Bridalveil Falls Trail

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Salmon-Challis National Forest

Stanley Lake to Bridalveil Falls Trail is a 7.3 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.3 miElevation gain498 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Diana Han
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HikingGreat!

Best winter hike because it is lower in elevation. Note, the entrance of the trail is destroyed from the earthquake. Once you cross the bridge, keep walking in that direction, and it will eventually lead you to the trail.

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Trina Pendleton
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

This trail is well maintained and well marked for the most part. We started from a different trail head than the one marked on all trails. It’s 640 so we went with it. The map to the falls ends before you reach the falls and left us a bit confused. You cross the stream and follow a small trail. It is very steep. Then the scramble. It really is loose shale and if you have bad knees and old dog or small children you probably wont make it to see the falls. You cant see them until the very top. The last section added 400 feet to the total elevation and was pretty tricky. There were some folks at the bottom of the scramble section that were disappointed at not being able to see them. The rest of the trail is so easy that it was surprising that you had to work so hard to get a peak at the falls. The rest of the trail was real nice and well marked with a few log crossings.

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Mike Lemieux
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Did this hike today. Once you turn off of 640, trail to the falls is a bit steep and rocky, so be careful. Awesome waterfall!

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Katie Burt
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Kathleen Markham
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Makenzy Whittekiend
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very well maintained, up until where you have to scramble up to the falls themselves. kinda hard to find, but I just followed where I thought it was and made it just fine. you will have to cross a creek

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John Elsner
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Steven Lyon
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail. Just note that 640 is open to Motorcycles all the way to the wilderness boundary until November. Motorcycles are legal, there is a sign at Trail Head that someone defaced so it might seem like they aren't but they definitely are. We saw a guy last weekend step in front of a motorcyclist and would't let him leave unless he turned around. Forest Service Fire Fighters showed up and let the guy know he was incorrect and the motorcyclist was legal. Enough about that, the trails through here are beautiful and anything in this area is going to provide a great time.

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Polina Orlova
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HikingBugs

This was a very pleasant hike. Most of the beginning was fairly flat and easy, with several meadow views and some great wildflowers mixed in. There were about 3 river crossings, and to me, they were easy, with logs left sturdy in place for a quick crossover. I never got my shoes wet, though I wouldn’t have minded, since it was a beautiful warm and sunny day. I brought my yellow lab with me, and she loved all the swimming opportunities, as the trail meanders in and out of the river. As for the actual waterfall, we ALMOST made it to the end, but the very last climb up to the top gets super steep and is somewhat washed out and with my 10 year lab who’s got arthritis, she hesitated, so we got a good look at the waterfall and turned back. Hence the 4/5 stars. Not considering that, the trail was lovely and I highly recommend. Oh, mosquitoes were annoying! But we started early (0830) and got back at 2p and took lots of photography and swim breaks. So if you’re moving, they’re not bad. And they seemed to chill out by about noon.

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Alex Block
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Hiking

Trail 641 on the way back is a dead end at the lake. Start on 640 and follow to the water fall. There is a water crossing about 1’ deep, but there are logs to walk on. Bring hiking sticks for balance if available. Beautiful hike and definitely worth it. Many mosquitoes so bring bug spray.

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Patty Dold
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HikingBridge outOver grown

We hiked this trail on July 4th and found it to be in crowded and very moderate/easy. First miles are through pine forest then flower meadows with a beautiful view of the snow capped mountains. We encountered lots of butterflies and 2 antelope who crossed the trail. We started at 9:00. Trail is shaded sporadically except for the first/last 1/2 mile. Scrambled over the stream at 2 points: both times we found downed trees to cross. Besides the stream crossing, this is an easy hike. One steep 10 minute climb then mostly all flat. We started up the falls but found the vegetation to be too this for our liking. Found a nice spot by the lower falls to have a snack then headed back. For a longer hike, add Lady Face Falls on the hike back:access is off the main trail out and back. Overall was 11 miles.

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Nicole Huff
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Beautiful hike! Starts off as a leisurely stroll, crosses over two streams (water levels were just at mid calf), the ascent up to the falls is straight up. It is manageable making the climb up; however, coming down was a bit stressful. Once you've made it to the top there is not much space to relax and to enjoy the scenery. From the base of the falls, it is difficult to get a good view of the falls as the vegetation is overgrown.

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AM Robert
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The views of the field of flowers on the backdrop of mountain peaks hiking the first 1-2 mi are really nice. The creek at about 2.8 mi in right now is too wide and deep for a safe crossing to the Bridal-veil Fall, so had to skip out - maybe hiking sticks would help if one doesn’t mind getting wet to above ankles. The sign for the Lady Face is so small and brown we missed going in, watched for the stacked rocks clues given by other hikers on the way back - hard to see the entire waterfall but is nice. Fell victim to lots of mosquitoes along the way - bring bug spray!! May be a better mid summer hike.

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Mike Hathaway
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October 21 2019 Snow has fallen, about 12” no one else on trail. Made it to BVF cut off. Snow was too deep to establish trail, turned back

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Rochelle Sorenson
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Hiking

Just like all the other reviews say, the trail is very easy until you get to the bottom of the falls. Before getting to the actual lookout (about 4.2 miles in), we saw a fork in the path turning right so we took it, thinking that was the way to get right up to the falls. After following the path straight up for another 50 min, it led us to the top of the falls, but off to its right. It was a great view, but we never got to feel the water.

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Heidi Wasden
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Hiking

This hike is not for the weak of body or mind. It is very doable until you have to start the climb to Bridleveil falls... then it is steep, and slippery in parts and you literally have to hold on to rocks and tree roots to make it to the top. It is so steep at the falls that there isn’t even room to sit and really enjoy the beauty of the falls and what you have just accomplished. Wear good sturdy hiking shoes and bring lots of water. There isn’t any sign marking where you turn off the trail to start up to the falls so look for the fork in the trail and if you find yourself walking away from the sound of the water turn around and go back.

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Chris Evertz
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Stopped at the falls on our way to Sawtooth lake on a backpacking trip. Saw the falls from the trail and started the very steep climb up to the top. The trail to the actual falls is very steep and difficult. The falls are beautiful but difficult to get to.

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Haley St. Dennis
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Beautiful valley hike for much of the first half, underneath the Sawtooths. A steady but easy climb for the second half in really enchanting forest. Couldn’t actually see the waterfall but didn’t bother us!

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Rachel Jakovac
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Scramble

Nice, fairly easy hike until you get to Bridalveil Falls. The trail and elevation map on All Trails only takes you to where you can see the falls (small) up on the hill from the bottom. Then there's quite the climb to the top. Fairly steep goat path type trail most of the way up, using aome tree and root holds on the way up. Then definitely total hand involvement climbing up the last bit of distance to the falls, holding on to larger rocks in the ground. Pretty tough/tiring, but once you get under the falls and feel the mist it's definitely worth it! And beautiful views at the top and all along the way up as you look back behind you.

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jmudd12 User
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Just completed this hike today. This is a easy hike until you get to the climb up to the falls. There are two streams to cross. One earlier in the hike then a second after you make the right turn to Bridalveil Falls. Both streams have logs across and can be crossed without getting wet. We brought our water shoes but didn’t need them. The climb up to the falls is NOT easy. You will have to scramble up the trail on loose rocks, gravel and dirt. This part of the hike is NOT for novice hikers. It is doable but it is very challenging. Once you get to the top you will be rewarded with a beautiful water falls.

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Kathy Huntsman
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Hiking

beautiful hike.

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Nicole Tremain
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HikingBridge out

Great trail except that we had to cross through the river twice with no bridge or easy path.

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Jennifer Myslivy
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Hiking

Great hike and not too steep but the issues are the couple creek crossings. There are logs that have been laid across the creek but still make it hard to cross. It would be nice to have a small foot bridge out of down logs in the area so folks with not so good balance can cross without getting wet and wadding across. A beautiful hike and very enjoyable .

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Alyse Bordelon
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HikingBugs

An easy hike for 90% of the trail, but the last 10% closest to the waterfall was a bit technical with many loose rocks/gravel. Lots of mosquitoes in the valley. There are two parts where you must cross a stream so come prepared with multiple pairs of socks. Both are quite difficult (because of the freezing temps, depth and force of stream). Water was up to mid-thigh. Very well worth it. Would not define as easy.

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