Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
4,365.00 ft (1,330.45 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
22.80 mi (36.69 km)
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Alpine Way to Goat Lake is a 22.8-mile out-and-back on the east side of the Sawtooth Wilderness. The route starts from the Alpine Way Trailhead, located off of Highway 75 just outside of Stanley, Idaho. It begins with an ascent into the Wilderness via the Alpine Way Trail #7528. It travels north across the base of the Sawtooth Mountains, past Marshall Lake, and to the junction with Goat Lake Trail. Turn left at the junction and continue to ascend all the way to the lake.

There are some dirt roads, mostly singletrack, and a few sections of light rock scrambling near the lake. The trail takes you through pine-shaded forests and open meadows. You'll cross flowing streams and pass alpine lakes. 

The most challenging stretch of this route is on the Goat Lake Trail. The terrain is steep and rocky and the  trail can be difficult to find at times. This moderate challenge is offset by expansive vistas, a stunning view of the mountains, and amazing photo opportunities.

This is not a route to take if you are looking for solitude, the trails in this area are incredibly popular for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. 

Overall, it is a moderate to strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 4,365' and incredible scenery along the way.

WHEN TO VISIT

July - August

WILDERNESS PERMITS

The route takes place in the Sawtooth Wilderness, which requires visitors to have a free Wilderness Use Permit. A permit can be obtained at various trailheads and within the Wilderness boundary by self-registration. To preserve and protect this beautiful landscape, Sawtooth Wilderness visitors must abide by the regulations of the Sawtooth Wilderness

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sawtooth NRA: 1-(208)727-5000

Ketchum Ranger Station: 1-(208)622-0090

Stanley Ranger Station: 1-(208)774-3000 

Alpine Way Trailhead

Sawtooth Wilderness

 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Alpine lakes. Mountain Views. Incredible nature.

Cons

Crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

6,409.00 ft (1,953.46 m)

Highest point

8,263.00 ft (2,518.56 m)

Features

Wildlife
Waterfalls
Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

Yes

Location

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