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Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek

Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek

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  • Road sign en route to the primitive Huckleberry Creek Trailhead.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Pronghorn Antelope graze on the open sage flats near the Huckleberry Creek Trailhead.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Thick lodgepole forest along the lower Huckleberry Creek drainage.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Sulphur flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum).- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Peak 9774 from the Huckleberry/Hell Roaring Divide.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Trailsigns at the Huckleberry/Hell Roaring Divide.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Looking onto Hell Roaring Lake from a spur ridge off of the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • The south east face of Decker Peak from a spur ridge off the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Looking across the Decker Creek basin at Old Decker Peak from a spur ridge off the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Mount Sevy (10,480') and Red Bluff from a spur hike off the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • The Huckleberry Wall is accessed from the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Bark detail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • A beat-up sign along the little used Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Lodgepoie forests in the Decker Creek drainage.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • A view of the White Cloud peaks from a ridge accessed via the Alpine Way Trail.  The trail traverses the dense forests in the middle of the photo with virtually no views.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • The north face of Decker Peak from a ridge accessed from the Alpine Way Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Looking onto Decker Creek basin. The Alpine Way Trail traverses through down canyon of the two lakes in this image.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • A view of Redfish Lake from a ridge accessed from the Alpine Way Trail.  The trail traverses through the dense forest in the middle of the photo.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Looking onto Redfish Lake from the Alpine Way/Grand Mogul Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Trail sign at the junction of the Alpine Way/Grand Mogul Trail.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • There are many wooden bridges that span a multidude of springs along the southeast shore of Redfish Lake.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Bridge along the west shore of Redfish Lake.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Trail sign to the Lily Pond and Waterfall trail junction.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
  • Bridge over Redfish Lake Creek before entering the Redfish Inlet campground.- Alpine Way Trail, Redfish to Huckleberry Creek
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Early season option. Solitude. Access to peaks.
Cons: 
Long shuttle. Few vistas from main trail.
Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,991.00 ft (911.66 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
11.80 mi (18.99 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,580.00 ft (2,005.58 m)
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Hike Description

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The Alpine Way trail from Redfish to Huckleberry Creek is better for the terrain it accesses than the scenery along the way. The route stays in the trees, offering only a few brief glimpses of the high peaks it traverses beneath. The infrequently used trail offers plenty of solitude and an option for early-season hiking. The long shuttle to either the Huckleberry or Hell Roaring trailhead deters most hikers from doing this as a day hike, but it can be walked in either direction.  

Note that the road into Hell Roaring Lake Trailhead requires a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. The Huckleberry "trailhead" is nothing but the end of a dirt road, so be sure to follow the driving directions closely.

The southern Alpine Way Trail offers superb access to the impressive string of peaks between the Grand Mogul and Decker Peak via three east-running ridgelines. Scramblers can leave the main trail at Point 8554, Point 8420, or Point 8740 and follow the ridgelines to the west for excellent views and scrambles of varying difficulty into the higher peaks. The unnamed lake in the Decker Peak drainage is not far from the main trail and would be a nice stopping point on a longer backpacking loop or a jumping-off point for exploration of the upper Decker Creek drainage. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and endurance of your legs.

Most of the trail lies within the Sawtooth Wilderness. Please observe the following  regulations:
• Mountain bikes are not allowed past the wilderness boundary.
• Self administered wilderness permits are required and available at the trailhead.
• Dogs must be on a leash between July 1 and Labor Day.
• Camp 100-feet from trails, lakes and streams.
• Pack out all garbage.
• Human waste should be buried in a cat hole 6-8 inches deep, buried and well disguised. Pack out all toilet paper.
• Campfires allowed ONLY in a backcountry pan or fire blanket.
• Campfires are NOT allowed at some lakes and in some drainages in the Sawtooths. Please review the campfire restrictions at individual trailheads.
• Permits required for all stock use in the wilderness. No grazing allowed in the Salmon River watershed (this includes the Alpine Lake drainage).
• No equine stock at Edith Lake.  ALL stock prohibited in the Goat Creek and Alpine Creek (Alturas Lake) drainages.

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