Explore the most popular views trails in Sawtooth Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Just completed Imogene Lake trail in and out. and what an amazing hike. Did not see anyone on the second part of trail 92. and had the whole lake to myself to camp. As others stated good camp sites to the right. It did rain majority of the hike and there was still some snow pack. My only negative was the trail was loaded with water puddles due to all the rain so make sure you have decent waterproof hiking boots/shoes. so check the weather before you go. :)

One last note, prep yourself for a high altitude hike to reach the summit.

An easy and quick hike to see some incredible views of the sawtooth! This is one to take mom on for sure!

backpacking
7 days ago

Absolutely incredible trail, very well maintained and just breathtakingly beautiful in every direction. We spent two days up at Alpine lake June 13th and 14th, the weather was great and trail was clear until you reach the lake where there’s still a lot of snow, but is still very accessible.

Easy hike

hiking
10 days ago

The picturesque "end" of this trail is beautiful. There is more trail, but the official end is this great view spot for lunch. The actual hike was about an average walk in the forest but the place where we sat and had lunch was beautiful. Very easy hike, our 2 and 5 year old loved it.

hiking
13 days ago

Camped at the Redfish Inlet campground and day hiked this route up to Alpine Lake. From the main trailhead the markers state it's 5.7 miles up to the lake, which would make this a round trip of 11.4 miles. Gorgeous views and not too difficult until the final ascent.

Phenomenal day hike. Excellent views, scenery, well-kept dirt trail and not heavily trafficked. At one point about midway up, you are on a ridge with a drop off to Redfish Lake and a huge view of the mountains in the distance on your left and the Sawtooth's snow capped peaks looming up on your right. Plan for some time to hang out and enjoy alpine lake at the top. We did not, and didn't have much time before we had to scurry back down before it got dark. There was still plenty of snow and ice near the lake when we hiked this in early June.

Did the hike on June 2nd, 2018. There was about 4 feet of lightly packed snow during the last mile up to Alice lake, which was our destination. That made the hike challenging for this time of year but definitely hikeable!
I highly recommend the challenge!

hiking
1 month ago

This is the only peak in the Sawtooth Wilderness with a Class I trail to the top. The trail starts at Stanley Lake Campground and follows the Idaho Centennial Trail up to a saddle, where it can be difficult to find the Observation Peak Trail at first. Look for the switchbacks above and scramble over some rocks to get to it. This can also be accessed from the Grandjean Trailhead. The last few miles are steep switchbacks, but offer beautiful views to keep you motivated. There is a cairn and lock box at the top. There is a nice view of Horsetail Falls along the way.

Still has some snow pack occasionally on the trail but nothing that you couldn’t easily pass with hiking boots. Absolutely beautiful!

Completed first weekend in May. First mile was a great hike by hell roaring creek. Soon after we began hitting spotty snow piles which eventually turned into snow. Hip high snow through parts. It took our group 5 hours of hiking to get to the lake. The amount of melt that occured in one day was amazing, but our route back the next day was still going through scattered piles of snow or puddles/marshes of melt. I would hike this again, but if I did, I wouldn't go until mid-May (or June if heavy snowfall that winter) and I would wear gaiters and waterproof boots. The lake was beautiful, the finger of fate was a nice back drop, our campsite was super secluded, and we saw a mountain lion on the way out.

Completed lower TH to the lake and attempted to take this route back, thinking the road may have less snow. There was no bridge. After some log hoping, we were able to get over the creek, but the road was covered in hip high snow. I would highly suggest starting from the lower trailhead, especially if attempting in early to mid May.

hiking
4 months ago

I did not complete this trail due to my partner and I setting a tight timeframe. We traversed about an hour into the hike before turning back. The toughest part of what we did complete of this trail seemed to be the first mile having little real shade, some rocky footing, and some scramble over. The trail did demand elevation gain but it evened out after a more strenuous but not difficult first half mile. The trail follows a nice creek but shade is sporadic midday. The wildflowers are prolific! We started out in early afternoon in July and came back to the trailhead as a mild thunderstorm was brewing east of us. I would/will try this one again! Also, Lake Alturas nearby is a great place to cool off!!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail but real wilderness. Park at the north end parking lot of Redfish Lake and find the trailhead northwest of the lot. The trail meanders upward, west-northwestward, and into thin, creekside forest. When the trail veers west-southwest it evens out in altitude and offers a beautiful diffused light through thin, alpine forest. Follow the trail along Fishhook Meadow before the trail seems to end at a wetland/river area with Thompson Peak and Mickey's Spire in the background. Look northwest from the open area where the trail seems to end to find the Wilderness Permits box marking the boundary of the maintained Sawtooth National Recreational Area. I signed out and kept hiking southwest along a path and found I was few hundred feet from the northeast shore of Fishhook Lake. I continued on the path, southwest along the shore. It was beautiful with wonderful views of the lake to the south, the peaks to the west, and wildflowers everywhere... but it was buggy! I hiked past Fishhook Lake through a field of downed trees, and then the trail became very spotty as the terrain became more rocky and elevated. I just followed the peaks and stayed relatively straight, southwest. I stopped and turned around after finding a lovely cascading creek with no discernible trail on the other side. This area appeared untouched and very wild: A great place to explore, safely.

Completed this hike last June of 2017. Because of the wild Idaho winter of 2016/2017 Goat Lake was well over half frozen. Absolutely amazing hike.

hiking
5 months ago

I made this hike on a whim last summer, and I was glad I did. Great views and an alpine lake without having to leave the main road make this a great stop when passing through.

This was my first time backpacking in to stay the night at the lake type hike! It was quite the challenge w/a too heavy of a pack on my back but one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on lately. The view walking into the lake area was absolutely worth the early AM wake up and semi-intense hike on the side of a mountain!

This was my introduction to the Idaho wilderness and the Sawtooths and it didn’t disappoint! Mother Nature threw rain, snow, and hail at us but we persevered! Trail is well worn up until the final mile which is an entertaining scramble up loose gravel and over a granite boulder field. Trekking poles might be helpful. But the deep blues and greens of the lake and the sheer granite cliff faces is well worth the work!

This trail includes some sections in need of some serious work. There were sections with fallen logs across the trails making it very difficult to find the trail. There is also a very large section that has been burned so there is no shade and it's difficult to find camping areas that are safe. Other sections are very beautiful!

backpacking
9 months ago

This is a gorgeous hike that I did as an out and back. Be mindful that to get to the upper roaring hells trailhead where this post starts the hike, you might need 4-wheel drive, as the road is pretty gnarly, I had to turn around and start at the lower roaring hells trailhead. It adds three miles in each direction (barely any elevation change), but you will get to Imogene lake from there in 9 miles.

backpacking
10 months ago

We actually started this track as a day hike from Alpine Lake. Since we were only packing about 5 lbs and it was a 5 mile round trip, it was a really enjoyable day.

We had lunch between Upper Baron and Baron and we were the only people in the area. The shore of Upper Baron is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, while Baron has the sound of waterfall coming from the Upper lake.

This hike has it all... forests, lakes, river, waterfalls, hillside of flowers blooming in very late July, sawtooth formation mountains on both sides of trail, snow views and a steady, nice gradual climb. We did not see many people. Do note, you should take a boat from the Redfish Lodge to get to the start of the trail head. We just showed up and got on a boat right away. Also got lucky that the boat arrived early on our return (4:15pm) and took us back on the spot (as opposed to waiting for 5pm). This was an all out beautiful day hike from start to finish. Bring plenty of water. We tracked it at 11.4 miles roundtrip (we did walk a bit around Alpine Lake to find a quiet spot for lunch and to soak our feet). When you get to the last of the switchbacks, look to your left to see a rock ledge; great view looking back at the valley toward Redfish Lake.

Beautiful, easy hike. Lots of people and lots of mosquitos. The views are worth it though!

Beautiful. Busy

11 months ago

This was a spectacular trail. I backpacked and spent the night at I'm Imogene lake. The hike to hell roaring lake was quite easy. Then up to Imogene there was a lot more altitude gain. The trail was super easy to follow. Very well-maintained. Very clean. Bring big spray. Go to the right for lots of amazing campsites.

11 months ago

Serene and magical. Hike can be extended beyond Imogene Lake very easily - bring your map and enjoy this one!!

backpacking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

An incredibly beautiful place. I've been to Hell Roaring Lake many times, Imogene Lake once. July and August can be quite busy with people. September and October, not so much. In fact, I've been there in October when I am pretty sure I was the only person in the whole of the Hell Roaring draining. This is stunning alpine scenery.

hiking
26 days ago

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