Sample Hike: #7 Ruffneck Peak

from The Day Hiker’s Guide to Stanley, Idaho

Vista from Ruffneck Peak

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The panoramic vista from Ruffneck Peak is quite incredible and offers some of the best views described in this book. The fire lookout at the top provides a wonderful location for taking in the ruggedness of the surrounding terrain. Many lakes — including Rocky Lake, Langer Lake, Ruffneck Lake, Island Lake, and several others — shimmer below the peak’s edge. The trail leading up to the lookout is also pleasant as it passes through lush forest, boulder fields, and along wildflower-scattered hillsides.