Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,837.00 ft (1,169.52 m)
Trail type
13.20 mi (21.24 km)
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Quiet Lake is an alpine lake in the White Cloud Mountains within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area northeast of Boise, Idaho. While there are no official trails that lead to the lake there are some popular backcountry routes using trails that get close. In this 13.2-mile route, you'll traverse through a landscape of uniquely colored rocky peaks, panoramic vistas, and sparkling alpine lakes. You’ll cross scenic ridgelines, pass through Antz Basin, traverse around Boorn Lakes, and descend through Four Lakes Basin before reaching Quiet Lake. 

Since there is not an official trail leading to Quiet Lake, this route involves some cross country hiking, and some short, but steep, off-trail climbs. The technical portions may be physically challenging, however, they do not require any advanced hiking skills and the area is a popular destination for trail running, hiking, backpacking, and camping. 


From Fourth of July Creek Trailhead, follow the Washington Lake Trail uphill for about 1.7 miles. Turn left at the junction with Trail 219 and follow the trail east and north to a scenic ridge that leads to a saddle between Blackman Peak and Peterson Peak.

After descending into Antz Basin, the trail continues towards the Boorn Lakes. Near the largest of the Boorn Lakes, you will leave the main trail and climb up a wide rock gully. Cairns and boot prints will guide you to the next obvious saddle. You will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Four Lakes Basin at the top of the climb. 

Make your way towards Cornice Lake and Emerald Lake by carefully descending the steep slope. Proceed along a fairly obvious trail in the direction of Cornice Lake. Follow the faint footpaths to Quiet Lake. It is a steep and rocky descent to Quiet Lake, so take your time and be careful. 

Take a stroll along the western shore of Quiet Lake, take in the views, go for a swim, or camp at one of the many backcountry sites located around the lake. 

Then, retrace your steps when you are ready to go back.


Fourth of July Trailhead has plenty of space for day and overnight parking. 


Permits are not required for overnight or day use, however, visitors must sign-in at trailheads when entering the Cecil D. Andrus-White Cloud Wilderness. Do not make your own campsite. Make sure to camp in sites that have been previously used for camping and never set up in meadows or on top of green vegetation. 


This route is mostly within the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness and certain wilderness regulations apply. Please visit for more details.


Sawtooth National Recreation Area:  1- (208) 727-5000. 

Stanley Ranger Station: 1-(208) 774-3000.


Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass


Open Year-round





Alpine Lakes. Uniquely colored peaks.


Some lakes are very popular.

Trailhead Elevation

8,771.00 ft (2,673.40 m)

Highest point

10,239.00 ft (3,120.85 m)


Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Horseback riding
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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