Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Alpine Lakes Report #3: Snow is Disappearing!

Alpine Lakes Report #3:  Snow is Disappearing!

Alpine Lakes Report 06-10-2018


*Note* Sorry for getting this one out late!  The changes from our last post are significant.  Jeff and CJ are doing a rockin' job, shoot us an email if there's a specific trail you'd like us to check out.  We'll do our best to snap a shot.


The clouds were rolling in and a cold front of weather was heading our way.  If we want to know how the alpine lakes are faring then this was going to be our only chance this weekend.  I was expecting some turbulence but was pleasantly surprised on how nice the air was at 11,500 feet above the Sawtooths.  The first lake we head over is Hanson Lakes, and just as I suspected they are completely thawed out.


But check out Sawtooth Lake; I see water!  Finally a break in the ice and Alpine Lake is almost completely free of snow and ice – I bet you could hike up there with minimal snow issues.


Sawtooth Lake


Alpine Lake (8337’) below Sawtooth Lake (8435’)



Goat Lake 8220’

I was able to get a good shot of Goat Lake today and like Sawtooth Lake it’s pretty frozen over still but starting to thaw out.  Jeff and I skirt around the North side of the Sawtooths and head towards the Bench Lakes.  Those are thawing out fast, in fact it looks like the upper lakes are almost completely thawed out.  There’s a good place to go fishing!


Bench Lakes (7749’ to 8365’), there are 5 of them, Redfish Lake in the background (6547’)



Lake Imogen 8430’

The summer sun has made a lot of progress on Imogen Lake, just last week there was still a bit of ice there..  We head over towards Alice Lake and here is a great view of both Alice Lake and Twin Lakes.  It gives you a great idea on what elevation the lakes are mostly thawed out at.  Alice Lake is thawed out and Twin Lakes aren’t.


Alice Lake 8602’ – Twin Lakes 8858’

Jeff and I turned around and headed back to Stanley at this point but did fly over Garland Lakes in the White Clouds.  They look thawed out but I think a hike up there would give you some challenges in dealing with some snow along the way.


Garland Lakes (8845’ to 8930’) there are 8 of them.


Until next week everyone! 


-Cj Sherlock




Featured Local Events

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!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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