Alturas Lake Trail

Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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Alturas Lake Trail


  • The trail finished at the southwest corner of Alturas Lake. The final third of a mile is along the Alturas Lake inlet beach.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • Cruising through the Lodgepole/Douglas fir forest of the Alturas Lake Trail.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • Moss detail.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • With very little vertical gain, this trail is a good option for budding young hikers.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • Early sections of the trail follow an old road that eventually narrows to a single-track.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • Western monkshood (Aconitum columbianum).- Alturas Lake Trail
  • Playing in the sand at the Alturas Lake inlet beach.- Alturas Lake Trail
  • A nice way to finish a hike!- Alturas Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Good option for kids. Easy day hike. Ends at a beach.
Unnofficial trail. May not be maintained.
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.70 mi (4.35 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,040.00 ft (2,145.79 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description


The Alturas Lake Trail is not part of the official Forest Service network. It may be a combination of the historic route connecting the Eureka town site with Sawtooth City, or simply a user-created trail along the shore of the lake. The beach at the northeast corner is a nice spot to spend the day or have an evening picnic. The trail is a pleasant walk and a great option for young children.  There are no beaches along the shoreline but from the end of the trail a .3 mile strip of sand extends all the way to more heavily-used beaches at the day use area.

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