Imogene Lake – this looked like one of the primer camping spots in the Sawtooths. Not only stunningly beautiful, but also not nearly as crowded as nearby Alice 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 arrived to our destination, the rain ended and the clouds parted bathing the wilderness in glorious golden light.

Note: We visited Imogene and the Hell Roaring and Imogene Lake area several more 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.
July light at Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
July light at Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

Payette Morning

Hiking out of Imogene Lake.
Hiking out of Imogene Lake.
An island in Imogene Lake is illuminated before sunset.
An island in Imogene Lake is illuminated before sunset.

Backpacking to Imogene Lake from Hell Roaring in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
Hiking buddies along the shore of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

Backpacking to Imogene Lake from Hell Roaring in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
A waterfall near the inlet of Imogene Lake in the Sawtooths.

Backpacking to Imogene Lake from Hell Roaring in the Sawtooth Wilderness.
Who wouldn’t want to swim in the waterfall?

backpacking, Imogene Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness, alpine lake, Idaho
Saša travering the Imogene Lake inlet.
Backpacking over the waterfall coming from Imogene Lake.

The trail surrounds Imogene Lake.
The trail surrounds Imogene Lake.
Driving down from Hell Roaring Lake.
Driving down from Hell Roaring Lake.

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