Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Alpine Lakes Report #4: Take A Hike!

Alpine Lakes Report #4:  Take A Hike!

Alpine Lakes Report 6-22-2018


Here's the latest from the Sawtooths.  With the warm sunny weather the majority of the lakes we flew over have opened up with the exception of a few remaining shaded lakes.  Moving into July trails are beginning to dry up and creek crossings are settling down.  As with any backcountry hike remember to avoid cutting switchbacks and creating new paths to minimize your impact on trails.  With only a few flights remaining we want to see what you're seeing from the ground!  Tag us in your summer hiking photos from your favorite lakes on our instagram @stanley_id


We also want to thank Jeff and CJ again for volunteering their time to bring us these awesome opportunities to see the mountains from above.  Photos by @byriverpine.  Now, let's dive on in!


McGown Peak 9,860'


Flying over Stanley Lake and around McGown Peak it is remarkable how green the surrounding areas are this year.  What a difference a few weeks makes up here.  McGown is an iconic mountain in the Sawtooths and one of the first peaks to greet you when driving in on Highway 21.  A popular hike to Bridal Veil and Lady Face Falls begins at the lake following the base of the mountain providing a low elevation option for those looking for a moderate hike.


Hanson Lakes 7,972'

For those looking for an overnight option, push on a little further to the gorgeous Hanson Lakes.

Mount Regan 10,190'

Many would recognize Regan's NE facing slope but few make it around the back side to check out the Trail Creek Lakes, although as you can see this area is still holding snow.  Can you spot the frozen lake tucked right into the shade?

Sawtooth Lake 8,435'


Just a few ice cubes left at Sawtooth Lake, which are almost assuredly gone by now.  The biggest alpine lake in the Sawtooths and a personal favorite this 11 mile round-trip hike offers a quintessential alpine experience.  Don't miss the opportunity to visit the south end of the lake to check out a series of unnamed lakes, the extra mileage is well worth it!


Goat Lake 8,220'

A premiere destination for hikers comfortable with scrambling and route finding.  This hidden gem reveals its turquoise blue waters as a reward to hikers for this strenuous climb.  For the uninitiated, Goat Falls lies ahead of you on your way to the top.  

Goat Falls


Thompson 10,751' and Williams Peaks 10,635'


Just around the corner the two tallest peaks in the Sawtooths can easily be seen throughout the Stanley area.


Grand Mogul 9,733'


Rounding out this flight we took a quick peak up the Redfish Creek drainage, the access point for many backpackers and day trippers looking to venture deeper into the mountains.  Although you can hike the 4 miles along the lake, we highly recommend taking the ferry across Redfish for those wanting a jump start on getting into the backcountry!
One last shot before heading back.  Who could ever get enough of these mountain views?  Have fun hiking out there and be smart!  Need help planning your trip, come see us at the visitor center when you get to town.



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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