Explore the most popular walking 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. 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.

backpacking
6 days ago

I did a modified version of this loop. Beware that the trail from Patterson Peak to Quiet Lake doesn’t exist - or at least I couldn’t find it. I went from quiet lake over the ridge to four lakes basin. Once again a very steep descent with no clear trail. Mosquitoes at all lakes are very intense and even with bug spray can get very tiresome. I would rate this trail as difficult (at least the first half).

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Possibly my favorite hike I’ve ever done. Saw plenty of birds, deer and quarrels on the hike up. The view from the lake is well worth the 8 mile round trip hike! At no point would I consider this a difficult hike, moderate at best.

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.

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

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked to top Bench Lake 2 days ago. We were greeted with the top lake still partially frozen. The views down to Redfish lake were stunning as was Mt Henley. We camped in the cirque withy no other hikers.
The trail after Third lake was easy to lose but well with the effort for these two Aussies who are in their 60’s

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike because everything else was covered in snow. I have seen some great pictures of the area but after 4 mile of hiking with our kids I was disappointed in what we came across. Not a lot of people which was nice. However, other hikes in the area are just so awesome its hard to mark this as anything more than a 2.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! There are five lakes but the tail only goes to the first two. You have to bush wack your way to the others. There was an odd combination of mosquitoes and snow up there when we went. Popular family hike so go early to avoid them.

on Redfish Lake Trail

hiking
1 month 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...

hiking
1 month ago

I feel bad scoring this trail so low but I did not get a chance to finish this trail and I felt I had to warn other hikers about the mosquitoes. Attempted this hike the first week of June and the mosquitoes were OUT OF CONTROL. I was bit over 100 times in the space of an hour. The first part of the hike is in a low, almost swamp-like meadow where there is a lot of sitting water. Knowing that eventually I would hike out of the swamp meadow, I continued but the rivers/streams passing across the trail were very high and I had to hike around looking for a place to cross, losing the trail 3 times. At this point my entire body was itching from bites and I was too frustrated to continue.
This trail is probably great at other times of the year but be warned in the early summer after a lot of rainfall!

on Bench Lakes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail the first week of June and it was awesome. Great weather, not a mosquito in sight (when everywhere else had tons) and I went early-ish (~8am) so encountered few hikers. The trail itself was really pleasant; the grade was low enough that I didn't break a sweat though it still seemed like good exercise.
This trail had great variety; the first part of the hike started in a dense forest, then the middle was along the lake on a ridge, and the final part switch-backed through a mountain meadow with pristine lakes. At the end of the hike I walked to the lodge to grab a beer and dip my feet in the lake. Definitely recommend this hike for a pleasant day!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is really great for kids. We took 6 and the youngest was 6. It’s a gradual climb and the change in scenery along the way is a big payoff. The wildflowers are currently going off. Will definitely do this hike again.

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.

Best trip I’ve ever done.

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.

Completed first weekend in May. First mile was a great hike by hell roaring creek. Soon after we began hitting spotty snow piles which eventually turned into snow. Hip high snow through parts. It took our group 5 hours of hiking to get to the lake. The amount of melt that occured in one day was amazing, but our route back the next day was still going through scattered piles of snow or puddles/marshes of melt. I would hike this again, but if I did, I wouldn't go until mid-May (or June if heavy snowfall that winter) and I would wear gaiters and waterproof boots. The lake was beautiful, the finger of fate was a nice back drop, our campsite was super secluded, and we saw a mountain lion on the way out.

Completed lower TH to the lake and attempted to take this route back, thinking the road may have less snow. There was no bridge. After some log hoping, we were able to get over the creek, but the road was covered in hip high snow. I would highly suggest starting from the lower trailhead, especially if attempting in early to mid May.

hiking
2 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!

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked up to the second lake, took a swim, and hiked back out. There is a shuttle from the lodge that will take you across and I think you can just hike straight up or down if you want a round trip. Check the map.

We went during beautiful wildflowers season. The path was lined with flowers in certain areas. Super beautiful.

Super quiet. We plan on doing this hike again this summer!

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!

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