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Yellow Belly Lake is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Katie Burt
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Katie Burt
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Michelle H
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HikingGreat!

Nice, relaxing trail. Hardly any people around on a weekday morning. Would be a beautiful place to camp.

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George Holmes
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Brooke Lawatch
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Hiking

This was a great little hike even for the middle of the hot day. I am definitely not an experienced hiker nor in shape and it was a breeze for me. There is a little bit of elevation gain right at the beginning but then it’s flat and easy the rest of the way. A few downed trees that can be stepped over. It’s about 1.1 mile to the edge of the lake but then you can keep going for more lake views.

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Nancy Bax
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Perfect for kids with little elevation gain, mostly wooded, lots of lakeside.

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jenna Pe
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Hiking

Super pretty and super easy. Great campsite options.

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Karen Sharpe
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Hiking

Pretty plain Jane. Nice lake, crystal clear but not spectacular. Sunset obscured by mountains. Good for an easy warm-up hike.

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Kevin DeLorey
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Great easy hike. Few downed trees may require a detour or just step over them.

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Holly Traut
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HikingBlowdown

Hiked over from Pettit Lake at the Tin Cup TH late May. Pretty boring hike honestly- up and then down to Yellow Belly. Lakes are pretty, but both are very large and don’t look much different than lakes you can just drive to. Would be a good hike with a family or smaller kids- fine for a day outside on my end, but there are certainly better hikes in my opinion.

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Heather Harrington
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little bit icy since it was in November but a nice moderate hike into a beautiful calm lake with great views

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Heather Harrington
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HikingIcyRocky

fun trail...quick hike and beautiful views

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Beverly Shook
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Hiking

Beautiful lake. Easy hike. One you can enjoy with all ages.

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Sébastien Halty
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Very easy hike. Nice view in the lake.

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John Baisden Jr
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Camping

Great places to camp on the West end of the lake. The lake itself is pristine; however, as far as I could tell there were no fish. Also, this makes for a good base camp if you want to take your children and extend day hikes through the surrounding area.

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Daniel Luechtefeld
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Very dusty in summer. Nice, easy walk to lakeside primitive campsites.

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Stephanie Snider
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This was a wonderful hike and a beautiful lake. I think the other reviewers who wrote about the uphill climbs went in from the Tin Cup trailhead by the campground of Pettit. If you use the trailhead from this app is is a very easy hike that matches the elevation gain of the post. I wouldn't classify this exact hike as a loop because the other side of it is a road. I also wouldn't classify this side of it as Moderate. It is very easy and would be great for children or beginners. If you access Yellow Belly from the Tin Cup trailhead it has much more of a climb (900 ish feet elevation gain) and would be more like a moderate-ish hike.

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Whitney L
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Hiking

There are a few downed trees you'll have to walk over or scoot under but the trail is in good shape. It's a little mucky down at the end making it hard to get to the shore there but lots of opportunities along the way. I had this trail to myself at 6pm on a Sunday. Took the out and back rather than looping back on the road to stay close to the lake. Registered just over 4 miles. For photography best light would be in the morning.

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Syrena Ann
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nice hike. lots of horses so watch out for poo.

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Ben Janke
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Great hike but couldn't find a trail that went all the way to the shore of yellow belly. Had to go off trail quite a ways to get to the lake.

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Angel Heintz
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Nikki Holmquist
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Beautiful, peaceful somewhat challenging uphill hike. A little over 5 miles though not 4.2. I thought I was lost briefly when the mileage wasn't matching up. The water temperature was perfect this time of year too.

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Stephanie Bell
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Hiking

The hike was great...has quite a climb but well worth it!! About 3/4 of the way we came into a short little snow storm. But the end result was amazing! Found a nice campground right off lake and woke up to an amazing sunrise and a layer of fog atop the lake.

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Brandie Brunner
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A quick 5-mile out and back from the Pettitt Lake trailhead. It's a good cardio workout with steep start toward the lake and gradual climb on the return. It's easy to hike to Yellow Belly and the lake is really pretty and quiet. Next time I'll hike in for the day and picnic/lounge there.

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Brian Diehm
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Brian Turner
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Tyler Brutke
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Michelle Diaz
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