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Two nights in Stanley

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Two nights in Stanley

Hi! We will be spending two nights at the Riverside Motel in Stanley at the very beginning of September. We will drive from Boise, stop in The Springs in Idaho City and then drive all the way to Stanley. We are looking for things to do/see in the afternoon of our first day there (we were considering Stanley Lake, possibly with a short hike – if there are hiking trails around the lake) and for a longer day-hike in the area for the second day – would the Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake trail or the hike to Alice Lake be good choices? Any other recommendation or advice would be hugely appreciated...Many thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Two nights in Stanley

yes, all those hikes are beautiful..Sawtooth Lake is a bit harder than Alice, most photographed lake in the Sawtooths, but they are both beautiful.

Stanley has some good eating options...Stanley Sluce uses pretty good ingredients (grass fed beef and some organic products), and Sawtooth hotel has good dinner. Breakfast is a must at the Stanley bakery..they do a fabulous breakfast. Hard to find just one thing.

There are a couple of hot springs in the area...Sunbeam is a fun place to just drive to and read about the history of the dam..

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I highly recommend the Sawtooth Lake hike.

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NY, anything else you think would be good for the OP?? When were you in Idaho/? Great place, huh!!

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Thanks a lot for your kind replies and feedback – very much appreciated! A couple of follow-up questions, if I may:

– are there short hikes around Stanley Lake?

– is the Iron Creek trail well marked?

– after our second night we will drive from Stanley to Idaho Falls, via the Sun Valley. I am fully aware that we will have VERY limited time to really enjoy the area, but would you have any recommendation for things which are not to be missed in/around Ketchum?

Once again, many thanks to all of you for your kind help!

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so,you have no nights in Sun Valley? if not, go by the famous Lodge, and see the new remodel and the famous ice skating rink..JOhnny Weir was just the headliner..Have lunch at Rasberrys behind the grocery store, Atkinsons, and just walk around the beautiful town ...Doubt the chairlift will still be running, but you could go down to the River Run lifts and look around. You will walk over the river.

Yes, google the hike. It is flat and goes to a waterfall, but that is too far. Iron Creek is marked well..ask in Stanley exactly how far it is..think it is about 8 miles..look left, and where the last mountain comes down, that is where it is..can't miss it.. have fun.

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Hi charley48, thanks a lot for all the suggestions! Unfortunately you are right, we will have no nights in Sun Valley – our time in Idaho will be limited and we had to take a decision (also, not all establishments take single night reservations in season, so we dropped the initial plan to spend the first night in Stanley and the second in Ketchum). I hope/am positive that Stanley will be a rewarding one, and we will anyway try our best to make the most of our time out there. Thanks again! Luca

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you will have a great time and you will be back!!

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Just did Sawtooth Lake this summer. It is certainly worth the effort. The road leading to trailhead is only about a mile from Stanley and is marked with a sign indicating the Iron Creek TH. A morning start is desirable since the light is good for photos. In addition to that, you could increase your chance of avoiding afternoon thunderstorms. Also, since this is a popular trailhead, you will be better situated to park in the morning. There is a permit at the trailhead you must fill out. It is roughly 10 miles roundtrip to the lake with a moderate elevation gain. Views are outstanding on the hike.

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it is 2.5 miles from Stanley to the turn off, and then another 3 miles to trailhead..Book says 11 miles RT and 1700 feet elevation gain...what ever..it is worth the hike..and then you can go around on the left, if you still have energy, just a bit to the Mc Gowen lakes...

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Hi again! Just a (possibly silly) quick question which came to mind all of a sudden - should we bring bear spray with us on the Sawtooth Lake hike? Many thanks!