Iron Creek Campground is composed of 9 campsites alongside Iron Creek located in a lodgepole pine overstory to the south-west of Stanley. All sites are first-come, first-serve. Iron Creek trailhead and Alpine Way trail are located nearby for access into several lakes and creeks including Alpine lake, Sawtooth lake, Goat lake, Trail Creek lakes and the McGown lakes th the beautiful Sawtooth Wilderness. This area is wonderful for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and enjoying the beauty of the Sawtooth Wilderness. Numerous mountain peaks including McGown Peak, Williams Peak, Thompson Peak, Merritt Peak and Mt. Regan which are visible from this area.
This was the first night of a 7 night camping trip for my friend and I and this was by far our favorite spot of the 3 campsites we stayed at between Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Quiet, spaces were spread out, and quick access to the Iron Creek trailhead for the sawtooth lake hike and goat lake. The road to get back to the campsite is pretty rough, but if you have a higher clearance vehicle it would be okay (we still made it with a Honda Civic).
First come, first served and self-serve pay sites. No shower, just one pit toilet. Even in the summer, nights drop into the 30s so we opted to car camp vs pitching our tent - especially since there was a fire ban during our stay. The night sky was breathtaking. The hike up to Goat Lake is still one of our most favorite hikes, simply gorgeous but strenuous at times, so be prepared. This was a great location to stay if you are planning to hike out of the Iron Creek Trailhead.
Gorgeous area with access to amazing hiking and views. The campground is surrounded by a lush forest and has good seclusion of you're looking for isolation. For more solitude it also makes a good spot to set off into the vast Sawtooth wilderness. We made a trip to the beautiful Sawtooth Lake and only saw a few other hikers. Usually go to the south side of the Sawtooths but glad we made it to this side of the Sawtooths!
We have been here a handful of times and are going back in a few weeks. Campground is pretty quiet with limited sites and 1 vault toilet centrally located (doesn't smell the best all the times we have been been there). There is also 2 toilets at the trailhead a short walk away. Campsites are pretty private for the most part. Ample room also. The trail is used by a good amount of people as you can access Alpine, Sawtooth, Stanley Lakes a long with other side trails that lead to lakes and points of interest. People on the trail are friendly as are the town folk. The town of Stanley has about all you could need for supplies. There are mosquitos…..with the late snow melt the area and some of the sites stay pretty moist with it right next to the creek. Still a nice pretty place to go for a few days. It is on a first come first serve basis.
Great hiking access to several Sawtooth alpine lakes right from the campground
Magical.. for those who love to sweat for the reward at the end of the trail. Absolutely gorgeous.
We stayed at this campground the night before we started off on a 3 day backpacking trip. It is perfect for this because it is less than a mile away from the Iron Creek Trailhead. This trailhead is wonderful access into the Sawtooth Wilderness and its many trails. Each campsite was located privately in the midst of tall trees, so that every site was covered. There are no bathrooms but there are full campfires and grills at each site. I really enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of water here, and the location was very ideal for a hiker who wants to wake up early, pack up camp, and be on the go.