Explore the most popular fishing trails near Stanley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We read a lot of reviews and guides for this hike before leaving because everything was so conflicting. The last mile of the hike is definitely the most difficult part. There's a good section of steep gravel leading up to the first waterfall overlook. When you get to the rock wall on your right if you continue walking the base of the wall you will find the more staircase type section that is easier to go up, and that will be the start of the steepest part of the hike. Once you get to the waterfall overlook it is easy to miss the easier trail leading through the woods, so on the way up we went through the rock field. You can definitely avoid this by trying to stay as far to the left following up the waterfall and then you will find a beaver dam to cross above the falls. In that section there are a few times that it will look like the trail has ended but it hasn't, just keep pushing along and there are multiple different ways through the trees. Once you get to the falls you are pretty close so if you've made it that far, keep pushing on because it's definitely worth making that last little climb.

We went on a weekend and backpacked in, there were definitely a good amount of people camping up there so it was a bit "crowded" but mainly because there are only about 5-7 different spots along the lake to set up camp. We tried following the path along the lake to get our own private area but encountered others along the way that said they didn't see anywhere to set up down on the SE corner of the lake. By that time our packs were heavy so we headed back to the main area and grabbed a spot on higher ground which was still really great.

A few people were fishing and we saw some small trout in the lake. We got in for a swim and some guys were jumping off one of the higher rock areas but the water was quite cold as to be expected.

Great get away, my little corgi like dog made the hike and loved it, but he is like a little mountain goat. There were a couple areas on the trail up at the top, following the lake where we had to pass him because his short little legs couldn't make the jump, but the rest of the way up he made it up on his own. I was a little wary of bringing him because of some things that I read, but he is spry and good at climbing so he did well. Bigger dogs that love hiking should do just fine, and little dogs that love hiking might need a hand here and there but can make it as long as they are tough.

Excellent family hike with my 2 year old strapped to my back. Great views at the turn back point and all along the way.

Stunning!! Like being in a Nat Geo pic! Beautiful every step of the climb. Lake is awesome. Couple times a day you can hear the thunder-like rumble as snow avalanches into lake.

Caution: last half mile is steep. trail is unmarked (very hard to follow) and has overgrowth. Be careful. Taking your time. Wait and follow other to follow easiest path forward.

My husband and I hiked up to this Lake a week ago, we backpacked in and spent the night it was our first trip overnight and it was well worth it. The last mile of this hike is tough but they hike is so well worth it. The fishing was great at about 7 at night

I am not going to rewrite the entire route directions, but we were given some hints from fellow hikers that were AWESOME helps:
1) Granite wall - there is easier access to start your climb into the scree field - still a granite wall but with "Steps" that make an easier climb. Once you are at the spot just at/before the falls where you see the big granite wall to your right - keep walking straight and to the right as the trail bends around the granite wall. Where the granite butts up against the scree field you will see some natural formed steps that make it easier to climb up the wall into the scree field.
2) YOU DO NOT NEED TO CROSS THE BOULDER FIELD TO GET TO THE LAKE!! There is a shorter/easier route. At the top of the scree field - you'll be above the top of the falls just entering the boulder field. Look to your left for the beaver dam that is above the falls in shallow/calm water. That beaver dam is where you will cross on the LEFT side of the water/creek. Once you spot the beaver dam, you will easily see the trail the leads from where you are standing through a wooded area to that beaver dam. Once you cross the beaver dam it's a short easy hike to the lake (I posted a picture of this)
3) The All Trails map/location indicator was spot on - there are a couple places in the scree field where we used the indicator to make sure we were still on trail. It winds around a bit in there - so the location indicator was a good confidence marker.

I couldn't find the lake made it to a dead end with no option to climb over

This was a fantastic hike. We started on trail at 9am and had nice cool morning first three miles.

The last mile was brutal because we followed a path down under the falls, then had to hike all the way back up over the falls. That last mile, as many have stated, is difficult. Especially with our puppy and two small girls. Lots of gravel and just hoping your headed the right way.

The lake is extremely pretty. Clear blue water with ice up on the rim. Took a quick and cold dip into it. We only went to lake but heard many stories of others going beyond to the peaks.

We probably saw a total of three groups the whole hike. With maybe a total of 10 people at the whole lake.

Make like a goat and scramble the last few hundred yards. Intense! The reward is worth it.

Great hike in. Lake is gorgeous. The last section is climbing thru boulders along the falls. Well worth it.

Took twelve Boy Scouts up with their dads. Awesome hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on 07/12/2018 and it was a great hike right next to Redfish Lake. Go for a hike and cool off at the lake afterwards. Wonderful views check out my posted pictures to see. Highly recommended

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike for grandparents and little ones. It is pretty flat and easy. Gorgeous wildflowers and the meadow/marsh at the end was perfect for soaking feet and taking in great views of the mountains.

1 month ago

Stayed 4 days last week. Nice hike in and great views at the lake. Bugs were very bad at night so bring some spray. Pass to Payette Peak was still covered in snow. Hike to the 4 lakes beyond Imogene and there were great. Overall a wonderful place to camp.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on July 4th. Imogene Lake was beautiful. Easy hike but tons of bugs/mosquitoes on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Small lake at the end of the meadow. Did this one with Mom and the family.

backpacking
1 month ago

Visited Imogene with a couple buddies last weekend. Great place to spend a couple days. We went to the right over a log dam and were able to setup camp very near the lake, but guarded when the wind would kick up. It was just after the full moon and the nights were something else once the moon got up and lit up the lake and surrounding mountains. Saw very few people, even on the weekend.

We spent our first night at Hell Roaring and, although it was nice, it was quite a bit buggier than Imogene. That said, mosquitos were present at both lakes so take some bug repellent and keep your tent zipped tight if you’re there in late June.

Just completed Imogene Lake trail in and out. and what an amazing hike. Did not see anyone on the second part of trail 92. and had the whole lake to myself to camp. As others stated good camp sites to the right. It did rain majority of the hike and there was still some snow pack. My only negative was the trail was loaded with water puddles due to all the rain so make sure you have decent waterproof hiking boots/shoes. so check the weather before you go. :)

One last note, prep yourself for a high altitude hike to reach the summit.

An easy and quick hike to see some incredible views of the sawtooth! This is one to take mom on for sure!

Easy hike

hiking
2 months ago

The picturesque "end" of this trail is beautiful. There is more trail, but the official end is this great view spot for lunch. The actual hike was about an average walk in the forest but the place where we sat and had lunch was beautiful. Very easy hike, our 2 and 5 year old loved it.

Still has some snow pack occasionally on the trail but nothing that you couldn’t easily pass with hiking boots. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail but real wilderness. Park at the north end parking lot of Redfish Lake and find the trailhead northwest of the lot. The trail meanders upward, west-northwestward, and into thin, creekside forest. When the trail veers west-southwest it evens out in altitude and offers a beautiful diffused light through thin, alpine forest. Follow the trail along Fishhook Meadow before the trail seems to end at a wetland/river area with Thompson Peak and Mickey's Spire in the background. Look northwest from the open area where the trail seems to end to find the Wilderness Permits box marking the boundary of the maintained Sawtooth National Recreational Area. I signed out and kept hiking southwest along a path and found I was few hundred feet from the northeast shore of Fishhook Lake. I continued on the path, southwest along the shore. It was beautiful with wonderful views of the lake to the south, the peaks to the west, and wildflowers everywhere... but it was buggy! I hiked past Fishhook Lake through a field of downed trees, and then the trail became very spotty as the terrain became more rocky and elevated. I just followed the peaks and stayed relatively straight, southwest. I stopped and turned around after finding a lovely cascading creek with no discernible trail on the other side. This area appeared untouched and very wild: A great place to explore, safely.

Completed this hike last June of 2017. Because of the wild Idaho winter of 2016/2017 Goat Lake was well over half frozen. Absolutely amazing hike.

This was my first time backpacking in to stay the night at the lake type hike! It was quite the challenge w/a too heavy of a pack on my back but one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on lately. The view walking into the lake area was absolutely worth the early AM wake up and semi-intense hike on the side of a mountain!

This was my introduction to the Idaho wilderness and the Sawtooths and it didn’t disappoint! Mother Nature threw rain, snow, and hail at us but we persevered! Trail is well worn up until the final mile which is an entertaining scramble up loose gravel and over a granite boulder field. Trekking poles might be helpful. But the deep blues and greens of the lake and the sheer granite cliff faces is well worth the work!

backpacking
11 months ago

This is a gorgeous hike that I did as an out and back. Be mindful that to get to the upper roaring hells trailhead where this post starts the hike, you might need 4-wheel drive, as the road is pretty gnarly, I had to turn around and start at the lower roaring hells trailhead. It adds three miles in each direction (barely any elevation change), but you will get to Imogene lake from there in 9 miles.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This was a spectacular trail. I backpacked and spent the night at I'm Imogene lake. The hike to hell roaring lake was quite easy. Then up to Imogene there was a lot more altitude gain. The trail was super easy to follow. Very well-maintained. Very clean. Bring big spray. Go to the right for lots of amazing campsites.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Serene and magical. Hike can be extended beyond Imogene Lake very easily - bring your map and enjoy this one!!

backpacking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

An incredibly beautiful place. I've been to Hell Roaring Lake many times, Imogene Lake once. July and August can be quite busy with people. September and October, not so much. In fact, I've been there in October when I am pretty sure I was the only person in the whole of the Hell Roaring draining. This is stunning alpine scenery.

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