Bench Lakes

Stanley, Idaho

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This is a beautiful ridgeline walk above Redfish Lake leading 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 over 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: Mount Heyburn, Horstmann Peak, and the Grand Mogul.
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by Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan (Falcon Guides)

This is a beautiful ridgeline walk above Redfish Lake leading 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 over 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: Mount Heyburn, Horstmann Peak, and the Grand Mogul.

© 2014 Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stanley
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Best Summer and Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Stanley Office, (208) 774-3000
Local Maps: Mt. Cramer and Stanley USGS quadrangles; Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Sawtooth National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Bench Lakes

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