Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes

Ketchum, Idaho

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Stunning views of the White Cloud peaks abound here, with numerous subalpine lakes to explore. This is a busy hike, especially the fi rst 1.4 miles to beautiful Fourth of July Lake. The trail to Fourth of July Lake is open to all but ATVs and full-size vehicles. The trail from there to the Born Lakes is closed to motor vehicles. The first leg of the trail to Fourth of July Lake has modest scenery, but many use it because the trailhead gives high elevation and deep access into the White Cloud Mountains. The lake itself is very pretty, with meadows all around it.
Backpacking Idaho

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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Stunning views of the White Cloud peaks abound here, with numerous subalpine lakes to explore.

This is a busy hike, especially the fi rst 1.4 miles to beautiful Fourth of July Lake. The trail to Fourth of July Lake is open to all but ATVs and full-size vehicles. The trail from there to the Born Lakes is closed to motor vehicles. The first leg of the trail to Fourth of July Lake has modest scenery, but many use it because the trailhead gives high elevation and deep access into the White Cloud Mountains. The lake itself is very pretty, with meadows all around it.

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ketchum
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-4 days
Season: Mid-July–early September
Trailhead Elevation: 8,720 feet
Top Elevation: 9,920 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters; (208) 727-5000
Local Maps: USGS Boulder Chain Lakes and Wash- ington Peak ID; Fairfield and Ketchum Ranger Districts–Sawtooth National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes

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