Central Idaho is a great spot for a summer trek. Those that make the journey enjoy views of the scenic Sawtooth Mountains, rushing rivers, towering forest, and epic amounts of open space for camping.
The high altitude provides for cool summer evenings, so there is no need to run your air conditioner. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to include a hike to Lady Face Falls. You can enjoy a moderate scenic hike to a beautiful waterfall with opportunities for you and the young ones to splash around during your hike or after at one of the nearby lakes or streams.
The trail to the falls is 4.8 miles round-trip with only 273 feet of elevation gain, making it suitable for everyone in the RV, including the family dog.
Lady Face Falls trail
You can find parking for the trailhead at N44°14.836 W115°03.959, or if you are at the Stanley Lake Inlet Campground, you can begin the hike from your campsite.
Currently, a Forest Service pass is not required to park at the trailhead. From the trailhead, follow signs to the beginning of the nearby trail. If you are starting from the Inlet campground you will find the trail at the west side of the campground at N44°14.655 W115°03.989.
Regardless of where you start your hike, the two trails merge together within the first half mile leading you towards the falls. The first part of the trail traverses an open meadow area where you will enjoy views of McGown Peak and surrounding mountains, eventually entering a forested area.
When the trail starts to slightly climb and circles around to the southeast, look for a faint trail and a sign on a tree directing you to the falls. You will find the trail junction to Lady Face Falls at approximately N44°13.858 W115°05.925.
Follow this side trail to the falls at N44°13.894 W115°05.758. Keep in mind the falls are not a developed tourist attraction—the area above the falls consists of granite slabs covered in loose dirt and rock with no guard rails. A slip here could be potentially fatal. Be sure children are supervised when approaching the falls. After enjoying the falls, return the way you came.
Campgrounds near Lady Face Falls
You can choose to park your RV in one of two conveniently located forest service campgrounds or among scores of nearby dispersed boondocking sites.
- Stanley Lake Inlet Campground provides direct trail access to the falls.
- Lake View Campground is located less than a mile from the trailhead.
Dispersed camping (boondocking) is allowed on the forest service side roads approaching the campgrounds. Camping is free and limited to 16 days. The free campsite pictured (where friends and I camped) is located at N44° 15.354 W115°02.508.
A little known free attraction and free camping, just another adventure in RVing. Enjoy!
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Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
Deb Severson Grier says
We will be in Idaho in Aug near Island Park. May need to swing by this spot.
Dave Helgeson - Adventures in RVing says
Ed Cisek says
I have hiked this trail many times and have never found the bottom of the water falls as shown in the picture. Can you give me any further instructions from the side trail?