Hiking and backpacking in the area around Stanley is a dream come true. The Sawtooth Mountains, Whitecloud Range and the Salmon River Valley offer endless opportunities to find amazing off the beaten path designations with epic views, pristine lakes, and grand peaks.
With over 700 miles of trails in the Sawtooth National Recreation area hiking opportunities range from simple day hikes to multi day backpack trips along marked and maintained trails through untouched wilderness and vast mountain ranges. A huge number of the trails in the area lead to hundreds of high mountain lakes that provide opportunities for climbing, fishing, relaxing and total immersion in the mountain environment. A huge variety of trails offer a number of easy walks through the woods as well as strenuous peak ascents.
Local hiking, climbing, fishing and horseback outfitters guide trips to many of the areas accessible by trail and offer day and multi day excursions.