Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

2 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.

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
7 days ago

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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