In the heart of the majestic Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho, a new chapter of outdoor exploration and community has finally come to fruition with the official opening of the Stanley to Redfish Trail. This trail, a collaborative effort and a love for nature, spans approximately 4.5 miles, providing a non-motorized trail for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders between Stanley, Idaho, and the Redfish Lake recreation complex.
A Long Wait
The project was initially approved in 2015 as part of the creation of the Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness. Construction began in 2019, but delays due to construction issues and legal challenges prolonged its completion. The dedication and perseverance of everyone involved, from public officials to community members, played a vital role in overcoming these hurdles.
Collaboration was Key
The realization of the Redfish to Stanley trail stands as a testament to the power of collaboration. Kirk Flannigan, the Area Ranger, highlighted the significance of joint efforts in bringing this trail to life, saying, “Without this group effort, the Redfish to Stanley trail likely would not have been constructed.” Despite the challenges faced over the years, the dedication of partners and stakeholders remained unwavering.
A Lasting Legacy
Steve Botti, the Mayor of the City of Stanley, echoed this sentiment by emphasizing the trail’s role in enriching the lives of local residents and visitors from across the State and beyond. He stated, “The trail stands as a powerful example that, by working together, local residents, outdoor recreation organizations, the general public, and the U.S. Forest Service can provide a lasting legacy for enjoying public lands.” The trail’s completion symbolizes a shared commitment to preserving natural landscapes for future generations to enjoy.
Access Points and Friendly Reminder
The trail can be accessed from multiple points, including Pioneer Park in Stanley, the Stanley Ranger Station, and the Redfish Lake recreation complex. Visitors are encouraged to respect private property boundaries and adhere to the regulations posted at the trailheads. By doing so, we contribute to the sustainability of the trail and the preservation of the surrounding environment, ensuring a trail that is sure to be a part of the SNRA landscape for many generations.