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Alpine Creek Trail

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Alpine Creek Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchum, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,082 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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lake

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hiking
14 days ago

This was a lovely hike, though I wouldn't classify it as 'easy'. There is a good amount of climbing, loose rocks, and a lot of wet areas to navigate. But, there was a surprising lack of deadfall as compared to other wilderness area hikes we've done which was a nice change! We didn't make it all the way to the end of the hike, but the views we did see were amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

As written and mapped, it's not a very interesting or rewarding track as far as trails in the Sawtooths go...decent views of the surrounding peaks and a very pleasant creek on a mostly flat walk with a few downed logs. If you're willing to continue up to Leah's Lake, it goes from an easy walk to a moderately tough class 2 scramble - solid rock with good handholds but it gains 900' in a little over half a mile. You can find the goat path if you cross the creek to the left at about 3.3 miles and look for rocks people have placed on logs to mark the way through the forest. The lake is gorgeous and takes the hike from eh to spectacular though! And if you're really ambitious, once you reach Leah's Lake you can look for the goat path along the south shore (stay as low as you can to avoid getting cliffed out) and make your way cross-country up to Logjam Lake and a few other ponds. Long day but beautiful!

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scramble
1 month ago

For Labor Day weekend 2019 we backpacked the Alpine Creek Trail to Leah's Lake. The first four miles of the hike I'd rate as easy to moderate. However, the last mile is pretty much straight up on a trail that is hardly a trail. This short section gains 760' of elevation and requires rock scrambling over mostly loose footing. Be careful...especially if you're carrying a heavy pack. Leah's Lake is absolutely stunning! Crystal clear, bluish-green water with a mountain backdrop. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful place to spend two nights.

hiking
Thursday, July 19, 2018

This is not an easy trail. To get to the lake there is a hard climb almost straight up.

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2018

we hike this trail every year when on vacation at alturus lake. lots of switchbacks and a beautiful rest about 2.5 miles in. a nice little sandy area on the creek. have seen lots of wildlife and some amazing views!

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Quiet and serene trail. However, not well maintained with a number of fallen trees and the trail kind of disappears as you approach the river crossing which seems to have moved from the one in the map. We crossed via the large, white fallen tree. At the end you are by a waterfall and a view of a sawtooth formation in the distance. We tried going further up toward the lake, but it became a bit of a scramble.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Awesome hike! Cant wait to do it again!

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Decent hike with lots of trees. Lots of switchbacks.

hiking
Friday, August 02, 2013

Nice views along the way. After about 2 1/2 miles the trail enters a sandy area near Alpine Creek. You can take the trail for several more miles up into the Alpine Creek Lakes area. The trail becomes difficult to follow in some areas after the sandy area. Eventually the trail appeared to come to a Y - one crossed the creek to the left but we took it to the right and never crossed the creek at any point. After several switchbacks, we made it to lake# 8523 on the map where another group had set up camp. Beautiful area with jagged peaks along the trail.

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