Imogene Lake - this looked like one of the premiere backpacking spots in the Sawtooths. Not only stunningly beautiful, but also not nearly as crowded as nearby Alice and Toxaway Lake. Just an overnight trip, we were looking do our usual escape of Boise and head to the mountains. However, waking up on Saturday morning revealed a rainy forecast - but, we decided to make the trek as it was supposed to end before sunset. We arrived in Stanley to scattered storms, braved the art festival traffic, and set off on our hike to Imogene just as the rain began. We passed Hell Roaring Lake and admired the famous finger of fate shrouded among rain clouds. Just as we got to our destination, the storm ended and clouds parted bathing the wilderness in amazing golden light.

Note: We visited Hell Roaring, Imogene, and other nearby lakes from this trailhead several times over the years, and have added more photos below.

Arriving to the lake just after a storm made for crisp, clear light filtering through the forest.
Arriving to the lake just after a storm made for crisp, clear light filtering through the forest.
 
Payette Peak at 10,211′ towers over Imogene Lake.
Payette Peak at 10,211′ towers over Imogene Lake.
 
Peak 9955 in the center and Payette Peak on the right.
Peak 9955 in the center and Payette Peak on the right.
 
July light at Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
July light at Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
Summer light on the shore of Imogene.
Summer light on the shore of Imogene.
 
Evening fog rolling through one of the many beautiful valleys in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
Evening fog rolling through one of the many beautiful valleys in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
Crisp light illuminates the grass and old trees at the lake's outflow.
Crisp light illuminates the grass and old trees at the lake's outflow.
 
Peak 9955 reflecting its beauty onto Imogene.
Peak 9955 reflecting its beauty onto Imogene.
 

Payette Morning

Morning hammock session by the shore.
Morning hammock session by the shore.
 
Payette Peak reflected on a summer morning.
Payette Peak reflected on a summer morning.
 
Hiking out of Imogene Lake.
Hiking out of Imogene Lake.
 
Taking one last look at the alpine structure of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Taking one last look at the alpine structure of the Sawtooth Mountains.
 
Hiking towards Hell Roaring Lake.
Hiking towards Hell Roaring Lake.
 
An island in Imogene Lake is illuminated before sunset.
An island in Imogene Lake is illuminated before sunset.
 
Rocky beaches make for great swimming spots.
Rocky beaches make for great swimming spots.
 
Payette Peak (10,221') in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
Payette Peak (10,221') in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
Hiking buddies along the shore of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
Hiking buddies along the shore of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
A waterfall near the inlet of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooths.
A waterfall near the inlet of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooths.
 
Who wouldn't want to swim in the waterfall?
Who wouldn't want to swim in the waterfall?
 
Saša travering the Imogene Lake inlet.
Saša travering the Imogene Lake inlet.
 
The trail surrounds Imogene Lake.
The trail surrounds Imogene Lake.
 

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