Explore the most popular forest 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.

Beautiful hike up, crosses streams and creeks the whole way. Pretty easy hike with a good deal of shade. The view up at the lake is very pretty. Bring bug spray!

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.

Beautiful hike! Far from “lightly trafficked” though - got an early start and only saw folks that had backpacked up at the lake. Passed dozens and dozens of folks headed up on our way back down. Don’t forget dog leashes if you have them - leash laws enforced July 1-Labor Day Weekend. A bear crossed our path on the way up but it was more afraid of us and just took off.

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.

Beautiful lake with blue and almost turquoise waters. Snowcapped mountains behind. Wildflowers in bloom. Couple snowy areas to cross, but they are easily passable and crampons were not needed. Perfect weather. Sunny with a light breeze. My GPS watch clocked at just under 10 miles from parking lot to sitting area at Sawtooth Lake & back. Took us 4.5 hours + 1 hour at the lake. Would definitely recommend!

Dispersed campsites on road up to trailhead (get there early - fill up quickly) & pay campground at the trailhead with trash dumpster & potable water.

3 days 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.

Beautiful hike. Some open fields in the beginning with gorgeous views of McGowan Peak. The hike itself is very easy with little gain. We never really got a good view of Brideveil Falls, but there is a little trail off to the side before you reach the rover crossing to see the other set of falls that were good. You can climb down on the rocks to get a really good view here. The river crossing was easy, but it did go up about 1.5ft and was about 20ft across (and is quite cold). We could have turned around at the crossing and it still would have been a great hike.

Beautiful trail. The wildflower garden in the meadow as you cross Iron Creek before climbing up to Alpine Lake was the most beautiful and extensive that I have seen anywhere! Sawtooth Lake and Goat Lakes are the most scenic of the Sawtooth area. We backpacked on to Observation Peak (trail to the top) for fantastic panoramic Sawtooth views and photos.

The first mile in by the side of the creek was very pretty. Not as many wildflowers as we had seen elsewhere. The next 3 miles to the Wilderness registration is fairly flat hiking through trees with mountain glimpses but not big views. After the registration site it is just short of 2 miles to the lake and after hiking through trees for 2 hours the whole view opens out. Spent an hour at the lake taking photos and a picnic. This was a Saturday so quite busy...many backpackers coming out having hiked up to Imogene Lake. Overall a really nice day hike.

Did this yesterday! Beautiful hike, has everything; creeks, waterfalls, meadows, forest and lakes of course. Pretty easy going until you pass the creeks, keep an eye out for the little trails between the switchbacks if you feel up to it, definitely speeds things up! Still pretty muddy and snowy at the top, made the going a little tough at times. Thankfully the way down is much faster and easier! Got some crazy blisters so dont forget bandaid's, bugspray and sunscreen (got pretty burnt too.)

Went two days ago. Best all-around hike ever. So great. So beautiful.

JULY 6, 2018: got a late start that morning for the hike, it was already starting to get very warm out. the hike was ok, VERY CONFUSING at times (there are a lot of random paths). if you stay on track then you will be fine. i only went up to the first lake (Alpine Lake), which was beautiful! some of my friends continued to Sawtooth Lake, but got lost and said it was a struggle the rest of the way. they said the lake was amazing though.
definitely some uphill switchbacks for a ways, but decent.
BRING BUG SPRAY— THE MOSQUITOS ARE VICIOUS!

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

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

backpacking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike! We camped at Alpine Lake instead of Sawtooth Lake, and we’re glad we did. It was a pretty easy hike (great for trying to get used to the elevation). The lake was stunning and the sky was the bluest we’ve seen. The stars were unparalleled. We did see a deer, but no other wildlife. There was a little snow between Alpine Lake and Sawtooth Lake (6/2-6/4), but it was very easy to traverse. The bugs were what you should be expecting from an alpine lake - definitely bring bug spray. Highly recommend!

Nice hike with great views. Alpine lake and sawtooth lake were outstanding. It took us 2hrs up and 2hrs down. We didn’t stop for very long though because the mosquitoes were terrible.

backpacking
12 days 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.

Beautiful trail. We got up to snowy, slushy Sawtooth Lake June 14th.

This trail was so beautiful. Once the path opened up to show the beautiful lake with the Sawtooth mountains behind, I was breathless.
It was an easy hike and definitely worth the view. I will do it again.

Really the best. Just epic views on the top half. Lake is gorgeous. Totally inspiring. Bottom third a little boring but goes fast. Fair amount of snow on trail on July 1 but not a problem.

Beautiful. River crossing was a little difficult. Got wet. Never really found the falls but...

backpacking
18 days ago

6/27/18 There are only a few small patches of well packed snow to cross. Enjoy.

hiking
21 days ago

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.

Great hike. scenic and shady. We went the 21 of June and there were a few places we hiked through the snow. Spent the night at the lake and was a little cold.

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

Great hike! Still lots of snow on the trail, knee deep in places, but was able to pack in and camp overnight at the lake.

Amazing, moderately trafficked trail! Will hike again! Super beautiful views!

hiking
1 month 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.

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