Bench Lakes

Stanley, Idaho

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This beautiful ridgeline walk above Redfish Lake leads to five-plus lakes nestled below Mount Heyburn. Park at the Redfish Trailhead and follow the path across the road to where the Fishhook Creek Trail begins. At 0.6 mile there is a junction with the Bench Lakes Trail. Turn left here and follow the trail across a bridge over Fishhook Creek. The trail winds up the ridge overlooking Redfish Lake until it finally maintains a straight path parallel to the lake. This stretch is an enjoyable walk. On the right (west) are views of Sawtooth peaks: Heyburn Mountain, Horstmann Peak, and the Grand Mogul.
Backpacking Idaho

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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

This beautiful ridgeline walk above Redfish Lake leads to five-plus lakes nestled below Mount Heyburn. Park at the Redfish Trailhead and follow the path across the road to where the Fishhook Creek Trail begins. At 0.6 mile there is a junction with the Bench Lakes Trail.

Turn left here and follow the trail across a bridge over Fishhook Creek. The trail winds up the ridge overlooking Redfish Lake until it finally maintains a straight path parallel to the lake. This stretch is an enjoyable walk. On the right (west) are views of Sawtooth peaks: Heyburn Mountain, Horstmann Peak, and the Grand Mogul.

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Stanley
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Stanley Office; (208) 774-3000
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Cramer and Stanley ID; Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Sawtooth National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Bench Lakes

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