Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes

Ketchum, ID

Families often choose Fourth of July Lake for their first backpacking adventure and with good reason -- there’s lots to explore. The hardest part is driving over 10 miles of washboard road (quality, back country tires a must!) to the popular trailhead. The well-used trail goes through a pristine canyon, full of wildflowers and moss-covered springs. The shoreline and inlet both have exquisite red and white mountain heather. Follow the meandering inlet to a beautiful meadow where deer are often seen. Fourth of July Lake is the White Cloud’s most popular, but most use is day hiking. Campsites are each side of the lake and at more secluded areas nearby. Fish swim in the shallow water next to shore. Look for mountain goats on nearby Patterson Peak
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