Washington Lake via White Clouds Trail

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Sawtooth National Forest

Washington Lake via White Clouds Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,187 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking


bird watching




wild flowers


An easy trail hike through a beautiful forest to an Alpine Lake A nice hike up a forested trail, past lovely Fourth Of July lake, then over a high ridge with great views of the Sawtooth range to the west, high peaks of the White Clouds and a prettylake below. Although this lake is a nice destination lake it is also strategic as a layover for a longer hike into the Chamberlain lakes.

8 months ago

wow!! so glad we picked this one. It's worth the 10mile drive in & up to the trailhead. On the drive up you see so much of the burn area, it's haunting. The trail it's self is a slow accent with about 9 river crossings and varried terrain. Beautiful all the way to Washington Lake which is STUNNING! With stops for pictures and snack it took us 3 hrs. Highly recommend!!

10 months ago

Definitely worth the trip up. Nice wildflowers and no bugs yet!! A great day hike!

Sat Feb 02 2019

I usually do this one for day hikes and to hike a ridge or 2 in the area above the lake.

Sat Aug 11 2018

Easy trail to Fourth of July and Washington. We stopped at the pond and our kids scrambled up the peak there but kept going to Washington which is spectacular. Beautiful stream with wildflowers on the trail in. Don’t get tricked by the pond- keep going! Washington Lake is bigger than 4th of July and lovely.

Sun Jul 15 2018

Great Lake with beautiful views, brought my swim trunks and towel, jumped in the lake and laid out in the sun. What a perfect reward to an awesome hike. I’d say this is an easy hike. Streams and shade through most of the trail giving you plenty to look at along your hike. One of the other reviews said it looked like a “pond”. There is a summit between Fourth of July Lake and Washington Lake, with a small pond. Don’t stop there, you’ll need to keep following trail and hike down to Washington lake. Super easy and not very far. Great hike! Highly recommend.

Fri Jul 15 2016

I did this hike as a continuation of 4th of July Lake. It was pretty disappointing. More of a pond than lake in early July.

Sat Aug 03 2013

An easy continuation from smaller sized 4th of July Lake. A pretty lake backed by a long ridge.

9 months ago

9 months ago

Sun Jan 06 2019

Sat Jun 30 2018

Mon Aug 15 2016