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This image was taken October 18, 2011 at the mouth of Cradle Canyon at the northern end of the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area, Custer County, Idaho, USA. 9,860 foot (3.005m) McGown Peak can be seen to the east. The elevation at the image location is 8,185 feet (2,495m).
The hike to this location is a little more than 4 miles from the closest trailhead, which is the Stanley Lake Campground. 3.5 of the 4.1 miles is on a well maintained Forest Service trail. Stanley Lake Trailhead is an 8 mile drive from Stanley, Idaho. The town of Stanley would have been visable in this image had it not been beneith the morning fog.
The elevation rise from the trailhead is 1,660 feet (506m) but is fairly gradual so not a difficult hike. The best time for visiting in summer weather is August through October.
Idaho is a state located in the northwestern region of the United States of America. Idaho is the 14th largest state by area, ranks 39th by population and 53rd by population density of the 50 United States. Idaho was the 43rd state to be admitted into the Union, on July 3, 1890. Idaho is landlocked, being bordered by Canada on the north and the states of Washington and Oregon on the west, Nevada and Utah on the south and Montana and Wyoming on the east. Idaho is nicknamed "The Gem State" because nearly every known gemstone is found within the state. Idaho is also famous for producing about one third of all potatoes grown in the USA. Idaho also hosts the largest barrel cheese factory in the world, producing 120K metric tons of cheese per year. There is some ambiguity as to where the name "Idaho" came from, but it is generally believed to have simply been made up by George M. Willing. There is a possibility it was derived from a Native American phrase. Idaho is very mountainous and is a popular outing destination of the outdoorsman. The state population was about 1.58M in July 2011 with 84% being Caucasian, 11.2% Hispanic and 1.1% Native American. The state capital and largest city is Boise.Source: wikipedia