Cradle Lake is located on the northern end of the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area, Custer County, Idaho, USA. The lake sits at 8,609 feet (2,624m) above sea-level and is a 5 mile (8km) 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 5 hiking miles are on a well maintained hiking trail. The total elevation change of the hike is 2,085 feet (636m). The last trail-less 2 miles of the hike are not difficult but account for 835 feet (255m) of the total ascent.