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Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"Stunning views of the White Cloud Peaks abound here, with numerous subalpine lakes.This is a busy hike, especially the first 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, and big, bold Patterson Peak (10,872 feet) rises just to the lake’s east.The trail climbs at a moderate pace all the way to Fourth of July Lake. The first third of the route is a pleasant, willowy meadow to the left of the trail. You get glimpses of the high peaks but cannot really see any of them unless you hike off the trail and search for a viewpoint. Most of this short hike is through forest."
--Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan, Hiking Idaho (Falcon Guides).
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
4th of July lake is very picturesque as are the Born lakes. We also found good fishing at the born lakes. The real beauty of this hike is the unique mountains of the white clouds and the unusual geologic formations they present. All the lakes and mountains in the SNRA are beautiful, some are just prettier than others. This hike is one of the others.
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