3 - 4
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This first part of the walk is an ascent of switchbacks through bright green pine trees.
You'll view the cascading falls of Stanley Creek which feeds glacial melt into the Vermillion River.
The path flattens briefly before the ascent through the scree field to the high point of the hike.
Use care during this section as the many different paths have been created by previous travelers.
The basin makes it difficult to get lost, but you may find yourself on a secondary trail or find numerous trails that interweave.
However, all of the trails will lead you to the small grove of trees at the top of the basin.
This will be the closest point and some of the best views of the impressive Stanley Glacier. Equipment We recommend packing at least bear spray, hiking boots, warm layers, water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, warm hat, rain gear.