White Cloud Peaks Loop

Stanley, Idaho 83278

White Cloud Peaks Loop

White Cloud Peaks Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Though it would be difficult to pick a single favorite from among the dozens of mountain ranges that draw the admiration of Idaho hikers, you could make a strong case for the White Cloud Peaks as the best of the lot. All of the trails in this range take you through scenery that is so spectacular it simply defies description.

This magnificent loop hits only a sampling of the best of these peaks. If you fall in love with this range’s towering peaks and sparkling lakes, then you can expect to find yourself planning additional great adventures in the future. This loop trip requires a short, cross-country scramble over a steep, rocky pass followed by a longer off-trail romp past a series of lakes."

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7/24/2018
Incredible backpacking trip! It is hard to put the beauty and grandeur of this place into words, and I feel so grateful to have been there. The Boulder Chain Lakes are beyond awesome and well worth the strenuous trip. Some of it is pretty intense and probably a little too much for anyone new to backpacking, but wow, if you are prepared and plan carefully it is a fantastic experience in the Sawtooth.
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7/27/2011
Followed exactly as said, except stayed at lower Chamberlain Lake on night 3. The scramble over Devils Staircase was fun, though a lite hairy. No snow though. Logs of boy scout troops around, but they were well behaved and there were plenty of campsites that gave enough privacy. One of the best 4 day hikes I have ever done.
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8/3/2009
We took an abbreviated version by just going to upper Chamberlain lake via the Washington Lake trail. It's about 8 miles each way. Mosquitos and horse flies were very bad until we dropped into Chamberlain Lake basin, then it was just mosquitos. Fishing at upper Chamberlain was very good. Trail is in good shape. We saw only one other camp at lower Chamberlain, and we had upper Chamberlain to ourselves. Kids were tired but they are ready to go back.
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7/17/2009
BROAD CAYNON TRAIL (#061) Getting there: From Sun Valley/Ketchum: Take Highway 75 (Main Street) to Sun Valley Road. Turn northeast onto Sun Valley Road. This road turns into the Trail Creek Road (closed in winter). Follow this road to the Copper Basin Road. Turn right onto the Copper Basin Road. Follow this road 13 miles to the Copper Basin Loop Road. Turn right on the Copper Basin Loop Road. Follow this road 7.5 miles to the Broad Canyon Road. Turn right on this road and follow it for 0.5 miles to the trailhead. Report: There are two trail heads that make a loop (Jarvis and Broad Canyon trail, take the broad canyon trail up and Jarvis trail back). There are five mountain lakes (Goat (Idaho's highest), Betty, Baptie (10150'), Bench and Clear lakes) and two climbable peaks Altair and Standhope (11887’). There are many good camping spots on the trail not only at the lakes but along the trail. There are three water crossings one with a bridge and the other two without. The trail can be steep at times with switch backs. If you go up the Jarvis trail it’s a long three mile climb to Clear Lake. All in all this is a great trail with awesome sights.
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9/1/2008
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Trail Information

Stanley
Nearby City
31
Distance
6,850 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3-5 days
Duration
Usually open mid-July to October; Best late July to September
Season
Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 208-727-5000
Local Contacts
USGS Boulder Chain Lakes, USGS Washington Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018