Pulpit Lake is located on the northern end of the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area, Custer County, Idaho, USA. The lake sits at 8,575 feet (2,614m) above sea-level and is a 4.5 mile (7.2km) hike from the nearest trailhead, which is Stanley Lake Campground. Stanley Lake Campground is 8 miles (by road) from the town of Stanley, Idaho. The first 3 of the 4.5 hiking miles are on a well maintained hiking trail. The total elevation change of the hike is 2,050 feet (625m). The last trail-less mile and a half of the hike is not difficult but accounts for 800 feet (244m) of the total ascent.