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.
cross country skiing
Upper four of the twelve Vanity Lakes A short but untrailed 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 were no trails after I crossed the meadow so bring your woods navigation skills. There are really two lakes near each other, where the map shows the second lake. They are separated by a small ridge. Continue following the stream another 400-500 yards to the fourth lake. My trip to the lakes was uneventful, other than the scenic beauty of the place. There were fine views from various places along the way. I saw several elk, deer and two cranes in the meadows along the road on the way in but only tracks on the hike.