Photograph McGowan Peak & Stanley Lake at Sunrise

Stanley Lake Overlook

Perfect reflections of one of the most stunning peaks in the Sawtooth range. Such an exceptional view on a serene lake for those in search of solitude.

McGowan Peak in the Sawtooths is breathtaking and the Stanley Lake Overlook is by far one of the best locations to photograph it at sunrise in the summer. 

The Stanley Lake Overlook is located inside the Stanley Lake Campground. There is a separate parking lot (with bathrooms) at the overlook and two sets of stairs that lead you down to the beach where you can get a clear view of McGowan Peak across the lake. 

We arrived early during blue hour to set up for sunrise and had the place to ourselves. The lake was still then, giving us clear reflections of the peak and the surrounding landscape. Just before sunrise the lake came alive, with birds flying just above the water and a small current setting in but as the sun came up, the stillness returned, and we were able to get a clean reflection shot again. 

If you're ever in Stanley, ID this is a must see!  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water 
  • Snacks 
  • Headlamp 
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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Beautiful Views!

Stanley Lake was one of my favorite places in the Sawtooths. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

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