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Alpine Lakes Report #2: May 25th, 2018

Alpine Lakes Report #2: May 25th, 2018

 

Alpine Lakes Report #2: May 25th, 2018

 

We woke up to an absolutely beautiful day in Stanley.  There was a little fog this morning but it was quickly burning off.  Finally, the Sawtooths aren’t covered with clouds and we could fly up in Jeff’s backcountry airplane to check out the alpine lakes.  We took off to the south and then turn right to start our climb north west.  When we decide we are high enough we turn towards the Sawtooths and head over Stanley Lake, which is completely melted out, but as you head further into the Sawtooths over Stanley Creek towards Bridal Veil Falls and Lady Face Falls.  The Hanson Lakes above Bridal Veil are still mostly frozen over.  Then we turn and go over Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Lake.  Alpine Lake is still frozen over but thawing around the edges.  Sawtooth Lake is still completely covered in snow and ice.

 

 

Sawtooth Lake

 

 

South East side of Sawtooth Lake

 

We circle around the south side of Sawtooth Lake and head towards Redfish Lake.  Of course Redfish this time of year is beautiful and warm but as you can see above Redfish it’s still winter!

 

Redfish Lake Inlet View

 

Our next lake to fly over is Imogene Lake with a view of Hell Roaring.  Looks like Hell Roaring would be a good place this weekend but by looking at this view of Imogene I’m not exactly how far up the trail you would get if you wanted to go there.

 

Imogene Lake with Hell Roaring in the background

 

We turned and flew over Farley Lake which is thawed out with still a bit of snow in the surrounding area.  Farley Lake looks great, not sure if you could get there easily enough.  Then we flew past Toxaway Lake which is still quite frozen.

 

 

Farley Lake Elevation 7745’

 

 

Toxaway Lake Elevation 8323’

 

Since we flew over the back side of the Sawtooths we turned yet some more to get a look at Marshall Lake and the Bench Lakes.  Marshall is thawed out, but bring skis and a sled to get in and out of there!  The lower Bench Lakes are thawed out and I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t have too much of an issue (maybe some snowfields) in getting in there.  But the upper two Bench Lakes are still quite frozen.

 


 

Upper Bench Lakes

 

 

Lower Bench Lakes

 

After the Bench Lakes we decided to take a tour of the White Clouds and see what was going on in the Champion Lakes, 4th of July area.  Here is a photo of a small alpine lake that is just north of the Champion Lakes.  I had to share the ice melting off this lake since it has the most interesting patterns.  Makes you wonder what the wildlife does in the winter on these alpine lakes!

 

 

The 4th of July, Champion Lakes and Washington Lake are still snow covered and frozen over.  We also flew over Bourne Lakes and they are so covered in snow that I had a hard time seeing where the actual lakes were.

 

 

4th of July Lake

 

Believe it or not, there is still enough snow in the higher country to still have avalanches.  So be careful out there!

 

 

Avalanche on north side of 4th of July Creek

 

We will update next week, weather permitting, for a new Alpine Lakes report.

 

-Cj Sherlock

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Bench Lakes we decided to take a tour of the White Clouds and see what was going on in the Champion Lakes, 4th of July area.  Here is a photo of a small alpine lake that is just north of the Champion Lakes.  I had to share the ice melting off this lake since it has the most interesting patterns.  Makes you wonder what the wildlife does in the winter on these alpine lakes!

 

Alpine lake where the wildlife played…

 

The 4th of July, Champion Lakes and Washington Lake are still snow covered and frozen over.  We also flew over Bourne Lakes and they are so covered in snow that I had a hard time seeing where the actual lakes were.

 

4th of July Lake

 

Believe it or not, there is still enough snow in the higher country to still have avalanches.  So be careful out there!

 

Avalanche on north side of 4th of July Creek

 

We will update next week, weather permitting, for a new Alpine Lakes report.

 

-Cj Sherlock

 

 

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DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!

CONTACT & DETAILS

LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net

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