Stanley Lake

Location: Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho
Dates: summer 2008, 2011

Stanley Lake and McGown Peak on June 17, 2008

Stanley Lake is one of the largest lakes and easily accessible lakes at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. It is located about 6.5 miles northwest of the town of Stanley and can be accessed easily from Idaho state highway 21. There are several campgrounds and dispersed camping areas around the lake.

The trail along Stanley Lake Creek on August 14, 2008

From the lake an unpaved road goes to the summit of Elk Mountain (7,925 ft) north of the lake. There are decent views that partially obstructed by trees from the top. At the western and upstream end of the lake a trail goes up the valley along Stanley Lake Creek. This trail intersects with other trails that go to Sawtooth Lake and Grandjean, as well as the Alpine Way Trail. The trail also passes Lady Face Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

Asters along the trail on August 14, 2008

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