Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

Really nice hike with many creek crossings. I will do this again next time I take a trip to this area. Fourth of July Lake is a beautiful stop, but trail continues. It adds another 3/4 to 1 mile to go past a pond and descend to Washington Lake. Really stunning location to spend some time. Peaceful, clear water, and a nice ridge line across the lake. We didn’t take the trail any farther. Wildflowers were still blooming, especially in more lush areas by creeks. Pretty awesome microclimates. Trail is fairly wide. No insects (early-mid August).
There was a 10 mile trip in on gravel road to get to the trail head. The last 6 miles of which is an area burned by a wildfire perhaps 5 years prior.
3 horses and later, 3 dirt bikes also went up during our hike. They all passed respectfully. We saw a good number of other hikers, but it wasn’t crowded. Many were backpackers coming in from much longer treks in White Cloud. Loved the hike!

Starts with a beautiful walk in a valley and ends with a fun but tough scramble up to the falls (the route on here doesn’t include the scramble). The stretch in the woods inbetween is unspectacular.

backpacking
12 days ago

We did this as part of the White Clouds loop backpacking. Lovely lake and hike.

Well, this is a beautiful trail. The first part of the trail doesn't have a whole lot of shade, but there are places where there is a creek bed where dogs can cool off. There is a fairly short section that has an incline, but not too bad at all. There is a river crossing that does have some logs across it that make it possible to cross without wading through the water. After the first river crossing; the trail is super easy and well shaded. There is a wooden sign attached to a tree (not sure on distance from the river, but a mile-ish...) that directs you to the right to get to Bridal Veil Falls. You will go down that trail a short distance and come to another river crossing. This one doesn't have logs across it that I found, so I just took my shoes off and waded through, definitely was a nice cool down! At this point however, is where that 5th star left my rating. To get closer to the falls, it is a very steep and not really well marked or clear trail unfortunately, so I didn't feel comfortable enough to go all the way to the falls (was by myself).
I still love this trail, and will do go again. The views are amazing!!

We did the loop 17 miles the downhill is unbelievable

We decided to do Lady Face falls which I cannot seem to find on all trails as it’s own thing. Lady Face falls is in a nice cool canyon just right off the path about 2.4 into it. The flat first miles with views of McGown peak are nice as well.

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

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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.

Hiked on 6/12/18. Had to take boots off and wade across two crossings, but other than that good trail.

The trail to the falls themselves was rather steep so I'm not sure it's recommended as the view from the bottom is just fine.

on Redfish Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail conditions. Lots of variety. Great views at lots of locations

I attempted this hike on Thursday, May 24, 2018. No issue with snow but from what I understand you have to cross the creek in order to get to the falls, that wasn't going to happen, so I had to turn around. I tried to find another way across but to no avail. Had the trail all to myself, not a soul in sight. I'll post a few pix...

May 26, 2018. Too snowy to actually hike. I parked about a mile from the trail head because the snow was too deep to continue on a car. Got to the trail head and did about half a mile of the trail before turning back. Absolutely beautiful but snow up to my knees in many places (I'm 6'2"). You could probably do the hike if you had snow shoes.

Attempted this one a few days ago - for all intents and purposes, this should be a pretty easy hike. The snow has mostly melted around Stanley Lake, making the beginning of this hike very deceptive. After a mile or two in, the snow is still pretty deep with plenty of post-holing up to about mid-thigh on me. I made it approximately 3 miles in until I met the "creek" which is now ~30 ft across with no way to cross unless you want to wade through the water and then continue walking in the snow. The cool water will likely be refreshing once it warms up a bit more, will have to try this one again after the snow melts.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was stunning. We went on 5/5/18, a nice warm overcast off-season day. Still lots of snow on the trail at points which caused quite a bit of post holing. We only went three miles up, but still worth it. These isn’t a very tough hike and the views of the lake were great. Highly recommend!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun ride from our favorite camping spot. I have ridden the loop in its entirety and have also cheated and received a ride to the trail head, either way its a blast! From the trail head you get to travel down a pretty rock trail through moderately thick pine trees. The meadow is rolling hills and a lot of fun. A little climbing on the north and east side, then a barn burner decent down a 4wheeler trail to the main road. I have seen deer, elk, black bear tracks, and a possible wolf track while on this ride. The SNRA advises of no grizzly bears in this area.

impossible to reach due to river crossing.

Monday, August 21, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Best Bike Ride Ever! Went on High Adventure!

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Just went on this hike today to Elk meadow and back. Always been a favorite. Saw a young maybe one year old Grizzly on the trail, it ran away when it saw us. Then later saw a mother Grizzly and her cubs in the meadow. Luckily mom didn't see us. So keep a lookout!

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On 7/8/17, with 4 kids as young as 6, we made it just shy of the falls. The 40' wide "creek" was more than we bargained for. To help the kids stay focused on the 3 mile trek back down to the lake, I suggested they count the trees impeding the path. No joke, there were exactly 150 of them we had to either hike around, climb over, or limbo under. We also saw a few mountain bikers on the trail who were struggling much more than we were.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

This is normally an amazing trail but as of July 1, 2017 there is significant erosion that is difficult, but possible to navigate around. There is a steady climb for about the first half of the ride which culminates with a steep ascent to the top. I had to hoof it up this last hill. Then once you pass the cattle guard, it's a beautiful single track downhill. A few short climbs and more fun downhill will get you back to the trailhead. Note: you have to ride from the trailhead about 2 miles up the highway to Williams creek road to start. The loop ends up back at the trailhead where you park.

As of July 3, 2017 the trail has not been cleared. There are probably over 50 fallen trees across the trail all the way up that need to be cleared. If you ride, plan on hiking your bike over the tops of of these trees, some pile up to three feet high. We were on foot and still found it difficult in some areas. Also, plan on a 30 ft across (swift but shallow) river crossing just before you get to the falls. Take lots of mosquito spray as there's lots of standing water right now. Other than that, the views are spectacular!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Exceptional hike and light traffic:)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Did this trail Memorial Day weekend. It was incredibly beautiful. We made it all the way to the bench despite the snow. Absolutely loved it and it was worth it. This is definitely a trail for adults and teenagers. I would not do this hike with kids.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful views, lots of natural obstacles. Just my speed.

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