Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

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.

5 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.

hiking
11 days ago

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

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

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.

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.

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...

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
2 months ago

This is the only peak in the Sawtooth Wilderness with a Class I trail to the top. The trail starts at Stanley Lake Campground and follows the Idaho Centennial Trail up to a saddle, where it can be difficult to find the Observation Peak Trail at first. Look for the switchbacks above and scramble over some rocks to get to it. This can also be accessed from the Grandjean Trailhead. The last few miles are steep switchbacks, but offer beautiful views to keep you motivated. There is a cairn and lock box at the top. There is a nice view of Horsetail Falls along the way.

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
10 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.

impossible to reach due to river crossing.

11 months ago

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.

Great hike to enjoy solitude. Trail can be easy to lose in the snow - be sure to bring your map. GPS was also extremely helpful!

Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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.

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!!!

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.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

I'm surprised people were dissapointed. The falls were beautiful (see pics). You can also get right next to the falls on either side. There is a nice trail to the bottom of the falls on the left. We even saw a guy and his dog in the falls. For a real adventure climb the super steep right side of the falls all the way to the top, and see Hansen Lakes. Heck of a climb but the lakes are very cool.

to Observation Peak where the wild flowers are a riot!

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Very well maintained trail...beautiful views of McGown peak along the way. the falls weren't as spectacular as we hoped, but had a great time anyway. trail is super easy and makes this ~11 mile out and back trail down right enjoyable.

The hike was great, but if you are expecting to be near the falls at the end then you will be disappointed. I looked up some hikes and took a group of about 20 on this trail and when we reached the end many were disappointed by the waterfall. On the way back though a few of us found Lady Face Falls which was definitely worth the small detour (I want to say it was a 1/4 mile trail off the Bridalveil Falls trail). Lady Face Falls was BEAUTIFUL! I would go again just for this waterfall and it was far enough in that it would be a great day hike.

mountain biking
Friday, October 11, 2013

Beautiful view all along the trail. We hiked it, but I'd recommend biking it since it's pretty long. The falls aren't as cool as we hoped, but the trail is great.

camping
3 days ago

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