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Fishhook Creek

Sawtooth Wilderness

Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • The Fishook Creek Trail passes through a small grove of aspens just a short way up the trail.- Fishhook Creek
  • A short spur trail leads down to Fishook Creek and this old bridge that accesses an earlier version of the trail.- Fishhook Creek
  • The fall colors are a highlight along the Fishook Creek hike, especially if hikers climb the moraine ridge toward Marshall Lake.- Fishhook Creek
  • Fall leaf detail.- Fishhook Creek
  • The primary destination up Fishook Creek is this beaver dam near the wilderness boundary that forms a beautiful reflecting pond for the high peaks further up the canyon.- Fishhook Creek
  • Another stunning sunrise reflection.- Fishhook Creek
  • Horstman Peak towers above Fishook Creek.- Fishhook Creek
  • Morning sun filters into the Fishook drainage from the east.- Fishhook Creek
  • Thompson Peak and William Peak (just peeking out on the right) can be seen from the Fishook Creek Trail.- Fishhook Creek
  • Looking across Fishook Creek from the glacial moraine ridge en route to Marshall Lake. The fall colors make this a stunning October hike.- Fishhook Creek
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy and short hike. Mountain bike accessible. Great reflecting ponds. Stunning views.
Cons: 
Crowded. Mosquitos. Beetle-killed forest.
Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
467.00 ft (142.34 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,560.00 ft (1,999.49 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Fishhook Creek Trailhead is part of the larger Redfish Lake/Redfish Lodge complex. There are several campgrounds nearby with hundreds of sites that are booked to capacity for the much of the summer. Additional adventures that begin in and around Redfish Lake include Bench Lakes, Redfish Inlet hikes, Redfish Lake Loop.

Fishhook Creek

Fishhook Creek drains a large chunk of alpine terrain including Baron Peak, Stephens Lakes, Monolith Valley, and the south side of Thompson Peak. Trails do not penetrate this high country, but the lower Fishhook Canyon offers some outstanding views into these remote headwaters. This easy trail is a great walk, run, or bike ride for parents who need a quick getaway from screaming kids and the Coney Island-like feel of the Redfish beach and camp scene. On the other hand, it is an easy hike for children with plenty of good “destinations” to keep the motivation level high. In the winter, the Fishhook Yurt is a popular destination for backcountry skiers.

Additional Adventures

The Alpine Way Trail leaves the Fishhook drainage 0.7 miles into the hike.  This is also the route to Marshall Lakes.

Mountain Biking

Mountain bikes are allowed to the Wilderness boundary 2.1 miles upstream

Wilderness Regulations

Portions 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 and well disguised in a cat hole that is 6 to 8 inches deep. 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.

Reference: All content excerpted from Exploring the Sawtooths - A Comprehensive Guide by Idaho River Publications.

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