Best trails in Stanley, Idaho

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Looking for a great trail near Stanley, Idaho? AllTrails has 69 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sawtooth National Recreation Area or Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Area. Ready for some activity? There are 34 moderate trails in Stanley ranging from 2.1 to 87.1 miles and from 5,406 to 9,937 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Stanley, Idaho
Top trails (69)
#1 - Sawtooth Lake via Iron Creek Stanley Lake Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
Hikers call this the quintessential Sawtooth wilderness hike. This route shows the magnificent alpine peak beauty that the Sawtooth Mountains have to offer. Stunning views of the alpine lake can be seen on all sides of the lake. Very popular amongst day hikers, this route may also be done as a backpacking trip. After the small river crossing, hikers will experience rocky steep sections with some exposed elevation gain. While the hike is accessible year-round, during the winter months the trail will likely be covered in snow which requires more gear and skill. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth Show more
#2 - Tin Cup Hiker
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 17.7 mi • Est. 9 h 16 m
Tin Cup Hiker is an amazing trail through Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Sawtooth Wilderness Area in central Idaho. It offers beautiful natural features at nearly every turn. From craggy sawtooth peaks to numerous alpine lakes - Alice Lake, Twin Lakes, Toxaway Lake and Farley Lake - the trail takes you through dense forests with all manner of animals. Although fast packers may make this loop in a long day, there are enough natural features to keep one entertained for two nights or even three. To get to the trailhead, follow highway 75 south from Stanley, Idaho about 15 miles to the Pettit Lake turnoff on the right. Follow this graveled road, bearing right at the intersection to the Pettit lake campground. Just past the campground is the large parking area for the trailhead. Trailhead pass is required, available at the District Ranger Station 3 miles south of Stanley or at the Sawtooth National Rec Area headquarters in Ketchum. Trailhead has restrooms, pump water and garbage dumpsters. Show more
#3 - Goat Lake and Goat Falls via Iron Creek Trail, Alpine Way Trail
Sawtooth Wilderness Area
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
This hike starts on a well defined trail and ends with a scramble. The entire hike is uphill and the end is the most challenging, but the views along the way and the lake itself are well worth the hard work. Can be done as a day hike, day trip from Sawtooth Lake, or as a backpacking trip. See the tips section for more help!Show more
#4 - Bench Lakes Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Dogs on leashes required July 1- Labor Day. The rest of the year off leash dogs are permitted.Show more
#5 - Fishhook Creek Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#6 - Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 21.3 mi • Est. 11 h 24 m
#7 - Alpine Lake via Trail 640 and Alpine Way Trail
Sawtooth Wilderness Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
#8 - Fourth of July Lake Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
A nice hike with a gradual incline through rich forests and lush meadows to a beautiful lake nestled in a meadow at the base of towering mountains. An excellent day hike for most everyone and an excellent overnight hike for youth. Sharp eyes may see many types of wildlife, including deer, elk and sheep.Show more
#9 - Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 50 m
#10 - Hell Roaring Creek Trail to Hell Roaring Lake
Sawtooth Wilderness Area
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
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