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Stanley Lake to Bridalveil Falls Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews
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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.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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!

scramble
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike.

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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 .

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

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.

hiking
bugs
scramble
4 months ago

Great hike! The trail is well maintained all the way to bridal veil falls. Lots of mosquitoes closer to Stanley Lake. Crossing the river was fun, but the ice cold water seriously hurts a few moments after you cross. You cross the river again when you need to head to the falls. I'd suggest studying a map or have a phone app, because you could seriously pass the falls if you don't know where to look. The falls hike is beautiful. Lots of loose rock on a steep incline and pretty intense. The falls are gorgeous though and worth the efforts. Wouldn't recommend this part of the hike for young children.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great views and such. Went during the end of the fire season (September time) so air quality wasn't pristine but it was still good enough. The tricky part is getting to the actual falls as their isn't a direct guidance to get there as we didn't find the falls but crossed 3 streams trying to. Maybe next ime

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2018

The walk to the base of the falls is a pretty easy trek, but a couple of things to note to make the most of it: There's not much of a view from the bottom, and it's worth the scramble up the left side to get to the actual falls.. The beginning of the climb is through the forest and there's some handholds on various trees and branches, but the end is a scramble up some slippery scree. Not a very long climb but I feel this is worth mentioning because it really isn't appropriate for "all skill levels" at that point and IMO worth it to actually see the falls (pictured). Also there's 2 creek crossings, the 1st has a couple single logs to balance on to get across but the 2nd crossing doesn't have any logs. I did it late season so i was able to find some shallow spots to cross, but if it were earlier season, plan to take your shoes off or get wet. Lovely hike!

hiking
Friday, August 10, 2018

Starts with a beautiful walk in a valley and ends with a fun but tough scramble up to the falls (the route on here doesn’t include the scramble). The stretch in the woods inbetween is unspectacular.

hiking
Monday, July 30, 2018

Well, this is a beautiful trail. The first part of the trail doesn't have a whole lot of shade, but there are places where there is a creek bed where dogs can cool off. There is a fairly short section that has an incline, but not too bad at all. There is a river crossing that does have some logs across it that make it possible to cross without wading through the water. After the first river crossing; the trail is super easy and well shaded. There is a wooden sign attached to a tree (not sure on distance from the river, but a mile-ish...) that directs you to the right to get to Bridal Veil Falls. You will go down that trail a short distance and come to another river crossing. This one doesn't have logs across it that I found, so I just took my shoes off and waded through, definitely was a nice cool down! At this point however, is where that 5th star left my rating. To get closer to the falls, it is a very steep and not really well marked or clear trail unfortunately, so I didn't feel comfortable enough to go all the way to the falls (was by myself). I still love this trail, and will do go again. The views are amazing!!

hiking
Saturday, July 21, 2018

We did the Lady Face Falls part of this hike only. This is a great waterfall. Interestingly almost everyone on the trail walks right pass the sign for Lady Face. Maybe they don't know its there? First two miles of hike have good views of McGown peak. The falls are about 2.4 miles into it. There is a sign but its easy to miss.Once you follow the path it will take you down river just a tad from the falls. You can scramble up to the really good looking part of the falls.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beautiful hike. Some open fields in the beginning with gorgeous views of McGowan Peak. The hike itself is very easy with little gain. We never really got a good view of Brideveil Falls, but there is a little trail off to the side before you reach the rover crossing to see the other set of falls that were good. You can climb down on the rocks to get a really good view here. The river crossing was easy, but it did go up about 1.5ft and was about 20ft across (and is quite cold). We could have turned around at the crossing and it still would have been a great hike.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Beautiful. River crossing was a little difficult. Got wet. Never really found the falls but...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hiked on 6/12/18. Had to take boots off and wade across two crossings, but other than that good trail. The trail to the falls themselves was rather steep so I'm not sure it's recommended as the view from the bottom is just fine.

hiking
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I attempted this hike on Thursday, May 24, 2018. No issue with snow but from what I understand you have to cross the creek in order to get to the falls, that wasn't going to happen, so I had to turn around. I tried to find another way across but to no avail. Had the trail all to myself, not a soul in sight. I'll post a few pix...

hiking
Friday, May 11, 2018

Attempted this one a few days ago - for all intents and purposes, this should be a pretty easy hike. The snow has mostly melted around Stanley Lake, making the beginning of this hike very deceptive. After a mile or two in, the snow is still pretty deep with plenty of post-holing up to about mid-thigh on me. I made it approximately 3 miles in until I met the "creek" which is now ~30 ft across with no way to cross unless you want to wade through the water and then continue walking in the snow. The cool water will likely be refreshing once it warms up a bit more, will have to try this one again after the snow melts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

impossible to reach due to river crossing.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On 7/8/17, with 4 kids as young as 6, we made it just shy of the falls. The 40' wide "creek" was more than we bargained for. To help the kids stay focused on the 3 mile trek back down to the lake, I suggested they count the trees impeding the path. No joke, there were exactly 150 of them we had to either hike around, climb over, or limbo under. We also saw a few mountain bikers on the trail who were struggling much more than we were.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

As of July 3, 2017 the trail has not been cleared. There are probably over 50 fallen trees across the trail all the way up that need to be cleared. If you ride, plan on hiking your bike over the tops of of these trees, some pile up to three feet high. We were on foot and still found it difficult in some areas. Also, plan on a 30 ft across (swift but shallow) river crossing just before you get to the falls. Take lots of mosquito spray as there's lots of standing water right now. Other than that, the views are spectacular!!!

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

I'm surprised people were dissapointed. The falls were beautiful (see pics). You can also get right next to the falls on either side. There is a nice trail to the bottom of the falls on the left. We even saw a guy and his dog in the falls. For a real adventure climb the super steep right side of the falls all the way to the top, and see Hansen Lakes. Heck of a climb but the lakes are very cool.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

to Observation Peak where the wild flowers are a riot!

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