white marsh marigold at washington lake

Fourth of July Lake Trail

The Fourth of July Lake Trail is located in the Sawtooth National Forest 25 miles southeast of Stanley, Idaho.  It is a little bit farther from Stanley as compared to Sawtooth Lake and hikes around Redfish Lake and Stanley Lake. 

As a result, I saved if for the end of my visit, especially since it requires driving 10 miles on a dirt road.  Upon reaching the road which led into a burned forest, I thought to myself, “what have I done?”  Fortunately, the forest along the Fourth of July Lake Trail was mostly spared and only the drive went through charred threes.


Three Early Season Hikes in Sun Valley

Well, I had hoped to write about four early season hikes in Sun Valley, but the East Fork of the North Fork of the Wood River was in such bad condition, that I won’t burden you with scrambling over a forest of fallen trees.

That said, I did find three early season hikes in Sun Valley that are worth taking.  All have a moderate difficulty and range from four to six miles, give or take.