Iron Creek - Stanley Lake Trail #640
ElevationAscent: 2,303' 702 m
Descent: -2,522' -769 m
High: 8,741' 2,664 m
Low: 6,519' 1,987 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“Complete solitude without total isolation treats you to a feast for your eyes!”— Joseph States
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
A final push as you climb around the north end of Sawtooth Lake puts you at the summit of this trail in just 5 miles. Get one last look over your shoulder and drop into a rugged alpine valley spotted with tiny lakes, ponds, and marshes. Just under 2.5 miles from the summit, you'll meet up with Trail Creek Trail from the south and Observation Peak Trail from the west. You have options, but to stay on this trailhead north, you only have 7 miles to go.
FYI: You are now doing a section of the Idaho Centennial Trail (a collection of trails and routes that run from Idaho's southern border to the northern border).
In less than two miles as you drop into Stanley Lake, you'll see Bench Creek Trail join you from the west. The trail mellows out and is an easy shallow grade the rest of the way out. You'll meet up with the Alpine Way Trail again just 1.3 miles from the lake and the end of the trail.
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