hiking
7 hours ago

Great trail with views of redfish Lake along the way. Views of the mountains at bench lakes are breath taking.

hiking
18 hours ago

Hiked it 6/2/2020. Great trail conditions to the 2 lakes - official trail stops after 2nd, but a foot trail seemed to continue on but covered with snow so we did not venture. Great views! Gradual climb with good shade, no bugs, and lots of wildflowers and songbirds.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful day in the Sawtooths. We intended to reach the lake, but the river was raging so impossible to cross. Instead we veered right and followed the trail up to about 8200 feet. Eventually the trail was covered with snow and we turned around. The path along Alpine Creek was beautiful, the river full, wildflowers out and the lovely scent of sagebrush. We and our dog hiked a total of 10 miles.

We went to Farley lake and stayed the night, then went back. The trail leading up to Farley lake was nice about half way through. A couple of fallen trees to walk over, but mostly clear. At some point you have to cross a stream. If you don’t want to get wet you’ll have to find a spot with fallen trees to crawl over. If not you will only get about ankle deep wet. The final stretch to Farley has quite a lot of snow on the trail and is very deep at times. Also the lake is FROZEN. Just know that. Otherwise it was a beautiful spot to camp at.

This was a fantastic trail. Little confusing at the trailhead which is where I think people are getting confused and giving it poor reviews. The trailhead parking area also accesses the west fork trail (which involves crossing the stream and is overgrown and confusing). You’re looking for the North Fork Trail -there is a sign that says “trail” when you first pull in to the parking area on the right side. That’s the trail you want! It’s gorgeous, lots of wild flowers, mix of open meadows and forested shade, great for dogs given it follows the stream. Highly recommend! We camped off the road within a mile of the trailhead which I also highly recommend. It’s a long bumpy road up! Subaru did fine

hiking
6 days ago

Creek was running high, waist deep, so we took the high trail instead. Steep climb but worth it for the views it provides. The hot springs were amazing, just off the creek is a pool with hot water cascading over the rocks making a small waterfall that you can sit under. Campsites a couple hundred yards away were perfect. Nestled under some old growth trees listening to the creek all night.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Easy trail with moderate elevation gain up to the lakes- I was able to trail run it fairly easily. There’s still quite a bit of snow once you hit the first lake- I was alone so I didn’t try to post hole to the other lakes. Pretty trail with good views of redfish. First lake was pretty, but not the prettiest alpine lake I’ve been to- once the snow melts I look forward to exploring the other lakes in the area.

hiking
8 days ago

This is an easy to moderate out and back trail. The trailhead is just off the main paved road up Howell Canyon. Trail starts as a logging road that parallels Howell Creek. In late May, the creek was roaring with snowmelt and everything was so green! Eventually the trail splits off to the right after logging roads branch twice to the left. Once on single track you cross the creek and hike through pine fir forest. The trail ends at Bennett Springs Campground and then you can turn around and hike back - it’s uphill going out but coming back it’s all downhill. Great springtime hike!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
8 days ago

Was a fun May hike. Trail got a little snowy and muddy near the two first lakes but it a gradual climb with great views of redfish to the south and the sawtooth still the north! Will come back in late summer

Loved this trail!! Gorgeous views! Saw a robin’s nest with eggs in it! So cool to see that! One of my favorite hikes in the valley!

Great trail, nice 3 hour loop. Amazing views

on Bench Lakes Trail

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Def hit past the first lake, there’s 5. Snow the last little bit. Maybe .05 miles. We were falling thru due to snow melt.

hiking
muddy
snow
17 days ago

great trail, even in later may, snow covered last 1/3 mile but easy to traverse with just hiking shoes, beautiful views from the icy lakes

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Narrow and uneven in spots with hills and flat spots but overall an easy enjoyable hike that got the blood flowing in some spots and resting in others. Beautiful wild flowers this time of year and peaceful listening to the stream all the way. No snow or ice. Long dirt road drive to get there but scenic and worth it. I would also recommend long pants as there are several spots that the bushes will scratch your legs. We had ages 13 to 75 in our group of 10 and if I had been previously I would have told the out of shape, unsteady 75 year to sit this one out but I hadn’t so she came and she took her time and took lots of breaks (there is no where to sit) ultimately she didn’t give up and she made it but said she’d never do it again :) However I’d totally do it.

fishing
25 days ago

AMAZING TRAIL! I had a blast. It’s dog friendly. There is a sign that posts certain times of the year when dogs have to be on leash. I believe it’s during summer months dogs have to be on leash, otherwise they can be off leash. Great views, lots of trails. There was a river in the forest, still a little bit of snow. They had just burned trees there, so there were quite a handful of trees on the trail head that you had to climb under, over, or walk around - it didn’t bother us much, but could bother someone who is looking to have an easy hike. We saw lots of fishes in little Red Fish Lake and a couple fisherman fishing out there. We also saw 3 beautiful eagles and a few hawks. Such an amazing scenic hike into the wild. Would highly recommend if you love real raw adventures fully engulfed in nature.

I had my dog and niece with me. There are babies out so that meant protective mamas. We had to go off trail quite a few times to avoid the cows. The different trails aren’t marked so thank goodness I had the app or else we would have been hiking for a while.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, deforested

hiking
1 month ago

Started trail from Fox Creek Trailhead. Most snow is melted, beautiful views at the top!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Quite a bit of snow still.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Attempted to go to the hot springs on 04/25/2020. Road was closed approximately 12 miles from the trail head. Pretty drive and the road did not have any snow as far as we were able to drive.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
1 month ago

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