Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes

Ketchum, Idaho

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Stunning views of the White Cloud Peaks abound with numerous subalpine lakes.
Hiking Idaho


Hiking Idaho

by Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan (Falcon Guides)

Stunning views of the White Cloud Peaks abound with numerous subalpine lakes.

© 2014 Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan/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: Best mid-July through 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: Boulder Chain Lakes and Washington Peak USGS quadrangles; Fairfield and Ketchum Ranger Districts–Sawtooth National Forest map
Topo Map: Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Idaho Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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We hiked into Born Lakes on the first day and then hiked out on the second day. It was spectacular countryside. We found a nice campsite on the largest of the Born Lakes, on the outlet side. The sunset was amazing. There were a few mosquitoes but not too bad. The trail is well kept and there is plenty of water along the way. The view from Ant's Divide was beautiful. The traffic on the trail was light on Friday but quite heavy on Saturday as we were descending. Of course the portion of the trail to Fourth of July Lake is heavily used.


This was a great little trail. I did it alone with my dog and we had a blast. Many very picturesque views especially once you are in the bowl after the ridge divide. I've heard this trail can be busy, but as we went during the week I only saw one other person very close to the trailhead. There are plenty of good water sources and lots of great camping sites at the born lakes. I fished many of the born lakes and caught trout in almost all of them, although most of the fish were less than 12in. I would recommend this trail

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