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The Best Backpacking in Stanley

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Top backpacking spots in and near Stanley

  • Lowman, Idaho

    Alpine Lake via Trail 640 and Alpine Way Trail

    7.49 mi / 1424 ft gain
    Alpine Lake via Trail 640 and Alpine Way Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Alpine Lakes Trail to Lake 8609

    11.74 mi / 2848 ft gain
    Alpine Lakes Trail to Lake 8609 is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Alpine Way to Stanley Lake Trail

    17.34 mi / 3491 ft gain
    Alpine Way to Stanley Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Sawtooth Lake via Iron Creek

    4.9
    10.04 mi / 1962 ft gain
    Sawtooth Lake is "must-see" for Idaho hikers or any outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Sawtooth National Forest. The five mile trek to the lake is made worthwhile by breathtaking, photogenic alpine lakes and the crisp, clean Idaho air. It's up to you whether to day hike the trail or to camp at the ...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Thompson Peak Trail

    4.0
    12.59 mi / 3976 ft gain
    The Sawtooths are known for its craggy shapes protruding from central Idaho. Although the hike to Thompson Peak isn't necessarily a rare or tremendously physical feat, it's a proud, boastful moment bagging the tallest peak in the range. Here's the scoop: To reach Redfish Trailhead, head south of...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Boundary Creek

    10.9 mi / 3688 ft gain
    Boundary Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Stanley Lake To Alpine Lake

    18.38 mi / 4019 ft gain
    Stanley Lake To Alpine Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflower slocated near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Saddleback Lakes

    5.0
    8.64 mi / 2129 ft gain
    The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The boat ride has a fee and is approximately 7 minutes each way. You can learn more on the Redfish Lake blog. Once across the lake at its southern end (Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp), hike the Redfish...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Redfish Lake to Alpine Lake

    5.0
    10.85 mi / 1893 ft gain
    Just south of the beautiful town of Stanley, Idaho lays one of coolest lakes in the region: Redfish Lake. Redfish is a banana shaped lake that boasts some of the most epic camping spots in all of Idaho. Using this area as home base, there's countless adventures within just a few miles. One of the...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Redfish Lake to Pettit Lake

    32.01 mi / 6503 ft gain
    Redfish Lake to Pettit Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Cramer Lakes via Redfish Inlet Trailhead

    4.0
    14.78 mi / 1880 ft gain
    Before beginning this hike, you'll want to take the ferry from the Redfish Lake Lodge to the other side of the lake, where the trailhead is. From there, you'll progress along the valley floor, following the Redfish Lake Inlet as towering Sawtooths rise up on both sides. During the first few miles...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Baron Pass to Upper Baron Lake

    21.76 mi / 3684 ft gain
    Baron Pass to Upper Baron Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lowman, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Grand Sawtooths Loop

    74.96 mi / 15925 ft gain
    Grand Sawtooths Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lowman, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    South Fork Payette River Trail #452

    27.73 mi / 2549 ft gain
    South Fork Payette River Trail #452 is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Lowman, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Trail Creek Lakes from Grandjean Trailhead

    10.52 mi / 2976 ft gain
    Trail Creek Lakes from Grandjean Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Lowman, Idaho.
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Trail Creek Lakes

    4.5
    10.39 mi / 2923 ft gain
    Based in Grandjean, one of the lesser utilized access points to the Sawtooth mountains, this trailhead is one of the most accessible in the range. A short trek on a dirt road, smooth for even Prius standards, off the highway is the gateway to mountainous adventure. The hike starts at 5200' above...
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