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hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this through the snow with my parents (in their 60s) on November 10th and it was beautiful! We got to the end and the fog lifted, giving us an amazing view of the Sawtooth Range. Its an easy trail, even when it has 4-5 inches of snow on the ground and its 25 degrees outside.

I made several trips up this trail in September, looking for evidence of the world's first chairlift. I've uploaded photos of what I found. About a mile up the south branch of the trail, the concrete base of the lift can be seen in an open field. The mechanism for this tow is very similar to the preserved Ruud Mountain chairlift. The tower carrying the drive and cable bull wheel rolled in a track, tensioned by a counterweight in a stationary tower behind the rolling tower. The track is what is seen in the first photo. Behind the track there are pieces of the cable that attached to the counterweight, and the bolt-down footings for the stationary tower. What appears to be the old counterweight - a pyramidal piece of black rock - sits next to the trail nearby.

If one stands in the center of the track and uses it as a sight line, you can see where the tow went. This is the view in the second photo. In the foreground there is now a forest, which in 1936 had been blazed through for the low-riding chairs to pass headed up the mountain (third B&W photo). Cut-off remains of the old creosoted tow support posts can be seen in the woods. In the background a rocky knob can be seen up on Proctor Mountain. The tow terminated on a open snowfield in front of the knob.

After WWII, the UP removed the underutilized tow and relocated it to the rapidly expanding Baldy ski runs. It's a shame. Proctor Mountain was not just a downhill run. It was also a starting point for 3-5 mile alpine ski touring trips, down to Trail Creek or over to Elkhorn. That is probably more what Schaffgotsch and Proctor had in mind when they designed this now-abandoned ski area.

Not my favorite hike but it was definitely well worth it. Don’t be discouraged by the lack of trees from a wildfire in August. To access the hike you must drive 10 miles on a dirt road, and then you’ll hit the trailhead (this is a nicely maintained dirt road). The trailhead was beautifully maintained. It was about 50° with some patches of snow and a tiny bit of ice on Oct 26, 2018. We were the only hikers their, so it was nice to see a trail without a lot of people. 4th Of July Lake is beautiful. We did the aprox 3.6 mile round trip hike in about 90 mins.

Beautiful hike. I took the right turn to go counterclockwise, and it seem to go up for a long long time. The views from the top were nice

hiking
2 months ago

Brought my father-in-law here and loved this trail. He is agrees it’s one of the best hikes he’s done in his life! I’m looking forward to doing this again and backpacking further!

Beautiful trail but my god, do they pay dogs to crap on it? DONT HAVE A DOG IF YOU DONT CLEAN UP AFTER IT!!!

Very easy hike. Nice view in the lake.

this was a great hike! not too difficult or too far.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 9/19/18 with our two dogs (an on-leash trail) and 3 month old. Beautiful views, wonderful creek and very easy. Fall hikes are the best. Quite a bit of logs at the end near the lake but they were easy to get over- we just had to lift our lab over them because she is having issues with her back legs. Only ran into a few small groups. My husband caught a couple of fish in the lake. I highly recommend this trail!

camping
3 months ago

Great places to camp on the West end of the lake. The lake itself is pristine; however, as far as I could tell there were no fish. Also, this makes for a good base camp if you want to take your children and extend day hikes through the surrounding area.

This trail was beautiful! I took the advice of others and took the loop counter clockwise. It worked out perfectly, as it was 85* at 5:30pm when I started. By the time I got to the second half of the trail with no shade, it had cooled down quite a bit.

The sunset views are incredible. It was difficult not to stop every 5 minutes and take a photo!

Very dusty in summer. Nice, easy walk to lakeside primitive campsites.

horseback riding
3 months ago

On 8.31.18 we went horseback riding and our guides name was Pete from Redfish Corrals. He led us through the wooded area and we came out at the sign to Fishhook CR TR/Marshall Lake and Redfish Lake CR TR/Bench Lakes. We went on Fishhook and took a detour upwards to a clear shot of Little Redfish Lake, Redfish Lake, and the Sawtooths. It was very peaceful being on horseback listening to the horses and nature all around us.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked the trail on 8.30.18 and it was a perfect day to be on the trail. We got up to the Sawtooth Wilderness permit area. The view of the Sawtooths was amazing. We took our shoes off and walked in the ice cold clear and clean water before hearing back out. We placed 4 painted rocks on various parts of the trail and hope others will find them and place them in other states or countries.

My new favorite trail!! Awesome views all along.

Loved this trail! We hiked with a 7 year old and a dog and it was a moderate hike. The views were stunning. Saw few deer and chipmunks on the way. We went early enough to avoid the heat and it proved to be a good decision! The redfish lake looked beautiful along the trail and the bench lakes were a treat to the eyes.

3 months ago

Great with kids! Wooded the whole way to a beautiful mountain lake!

Great hike for all ages. Payoff with a beautiful alpine lake!

hiking
3 months ago

nice trail to a small nicely colored lake. Views are pretty good, but several other local hikes offer more in that regard.

Incredible views at the end!

3 months ago

The lake and wildflowers are worth the fairly steep ups and downs.

relaxing, with beautiful wildflowers. Crystal clear water.

Really easy, nice trail for both hiking and trail running.

This was a wonderful hike and a beautiful lake. I think the other reviewers who wrote about the uphill climbs went in from the Tin Cup trailhead by the campground of Pettit.

If you use the trailhead from this app is is a very easy hike that matches the elevation gain of the post. I wouldn't classify this exact hike as a loop because the other side of it is a road. I also wouldn't classify this side of it as Moderate. It is very easy and would be great for children or beginners.

If you access Yellow Belly from the Tin Cup trailhead it has much more of a climb (900 ish feet elevation gain) and would be more like a moderate-ish hike.

Beautiful trail, great views of Sun Valley and Ketchum.

Loved this hike. Done it a couple times now, always love to see God’s creations! :)

Really nice hike with many creek crossings. I will do this again next time I take a trip to this area. Fourth of July Lake is a beautiful stop, but trail continues. It adds another 3/4 to 1 mile to go past a pond and descend to Washington Lake. Really stunning location to spend some time. Peaceful, clear water, and a nice ridge line across the lake. We didn’t take the trail any farther. Wildflowers were still blooming, especially in more lush areas by creeks. Pretty awesome microclimates. Trail is fairly wide. No insects (early-mid August).
There was a 10 mile trip in on gravel road to get to the trail head. The last 6 miles of which is an area burned by a wildfire perhaps 5 years prior.
3 horses and later, 3 dirt bikes also went up during our hike. They all passed respectfully. We saw a good number of other hikers, but it wasn’t crowded. Many were backpackers coming in from much longer treks in White Cloud. Loved the hike!

backpacking
4 months ago

We did this as part of the White Clouds loop backpacking. Lovely lake and hike.

hiking
4 months ago

What a fantastic hike!! Did this today, and the gradual incline is just enough to keep you honest and the overall out and back distance is far enough to make it count! Go early on a warmer day as there’s not too much shade. Beautiful scenery, fabulous views! Hits all the high marks!

Excellent family hike with my 2 year old strapped to my back. Great views at the turn back point and all along the way.

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