Upper Vanity Lakes is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is best used from June until November.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 456 feet Route Type: Out & Back

cross country skiing





wild flowers


no dogs

Upper four of the twelve Vanity Lakes. A short but unmarked hike to four small lakes in the Frank Church Wilderness. From the top of Vanity Pass where an unimproved pullout with room for 2 or 3 cars, runs a small trail to the east. After a short distance you will reach a small meadow with an obvious stream bed. Follow this stream bed staying up hill to reach the first lake. There are no trails after crossing the meadow so bring your woods navigation skills. Continue following the stream another 400-500 yards to the fourth lake. You might see several elk, deer and two cranes in the meadows along the road on the way in.

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