hiking
snow
4 days ago

The first 3.5 miles of the trail are dry and easy. After the creek the trail is covered in soft, wet, slushy, and sometimes deep snow, making the trail difficult to follow. We had snow shoes, microspikes, and poles and relied on them to get up and down. Beautiful views but I’d recommend being prepared for the snow. Both lakes still covered in ice.

hiking
snow
6 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
muddy
rocky
snow
7 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

hiking
rocky
snow
8 days ago

Sawtooth is still covered in ice but the snow is climbable, although very wet :) we didn’t have any gear, shoes were soaked but it was all passable! Great views.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice trail. My 11 year old son and I got dropped off at Galena and rode down. Trail is nicely taken care of. Easy ride. We were both tired at the end. And we both enjoyed it.

hiking
icy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

5/17/20 The snow was too deep and too high on the ridge, about a mile up from the lake. Absolutely gorgeous hike, but I do think these mountains are best experienced in July or August, it’s just too hard to see all they have to offer when they’re buried in snow. Definitely a steep hike. Needed snowshoes.

on Bench Lakes Trail

hiking
snow
11 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
off trail
snow
13 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike but please reconsider AllTrail's statement of "Accessible YEAR-ROUND." Performing this hike on May 22nd was one of the more dangerous things I've done next to Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, mostly because it was a hot day following a few inches of fresh snowfall, making avalanche conditions moderate as the day went on. Recommend bringing snowshoes unless you are performing this hike in the peak of summer. First 2.5 miles are relaxing stroll through forest with some nice openings of views of the Sawtooths in different directions. Once you cross over the river there is a nice viewpoint to the left with a 360 degree view of the surroundings. If snow conditions are rough, this is where the hike turns from a "hike" to more of a "mountaineering/snowshoe" experience. We could not find any switchbacks going up to the ridge so we powered through the incline, which was both exhausting and exhilarating. Plenty of tree coverage at this point to kind of hold the snow and prevent any major avalanche. Once you are on top of the ridge with the option to go down to Alpine Lake or continue up along the ridge to the Saddle between Alpine and McGown peaks, the trail gets very dangerous. A slip of 10 or so feet in either direction could put you off of a cliff, giving very little time to self arrest in soft, slushy snow conditions. It is doable, but I would start as early in the morning as possible to ensure the snow is as firm as it can be and be ready for an ass kicker of a climb and make sure you feel comfortable sliding & self-arresting in the event you catch a real soft spot or misstep. Views were amazing and so worth it, but I would say that viewpoint just after Iron Creek is one of the best in the Sawtooths and the 5-6mi round trip to that point is safe and a good hike for those not looking for anything too dangerous. AllTrails, PLEASE update this hike to not be "year-round" accessibility. Would recommend May-September at the earliest, maybe June-September.

hiking
muddy
snow
16 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

on Sawtooth Lake

hiking
scramble
snow
18 days ago

Beautiful views but virtually impassable at the very end due to snow covering the switchbacks. Attempted on May 17, turned back just before the final ascent over the ridge to Sawtooth. Still a great day hike!

hiking
icy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

This trail was amazing! There was a lot of snow throughout the entirety of the hike. We weren’t able to get up to Alpine or Sawtooth Lake because of hearing an avalanche, so we decided to turn back as the snow was becoming more difficult to traverse the last part of the scramble. Disappointed we weren’t able to make it, but I think we made the safer choice. Looking forward to completing it soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun trail. Did it during the summertime and camped at Sawtooth lake on the far side. Difficult but manageable ascent for me, gorgeous views at the end. Really nice for a moderate overnighter. Not too many bugs.

did this hike for my birthday this November and it's absolutely stunning with Gorgeous views. it was pretty moderate with the nice size elevation gain, and a definite Advanced last 2 miles. the ice slowed us down a bit and we definitely did some skating on the way back down but it was worth the beauty of both Alpine and Sawtooth Lakes

6 months ago

hiked early November. beautiful, but melted snow can turn to ice, so the trip down was more channeling than expected

hiking
icy
snow
7 months ago

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