Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
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The clear blue waters of Indigo Lake are located at the base of Sawtooth Mountain, which makes for amazing views. Trail access is from the Timpanogas Campground, where you can park your vehicle. Once in the campground, look for the hiker and trailhead sign. The short 1.9-mile hike up to the lake takes you through old-growth forest, high meadows, and along a small creek. Look for the blazes carved into the Douglas firs to stay on the correct trail. When you reach the lake, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of Sawtooth Mountain. A 1-mile loop trail continues around the lake to provide an opportunity to explore the area and take in the views. 

Picnic tables, benches, and fire rings are located around the lake and in the hike-in camp sites, which make for a nice place to have a picnic lunch or enjoy an overnight stay. Fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and hiking are all activities located on and around the lake. Be prepared for cold nights and relentless mosquitoes during the summer months. 

If you're feeling adventurous, extend your hike on the trail to June Lake or Cowhorn Mountain. Note that, depending on the time of year, Indigo Lake can be frozen over and the path leading around the lake can be blocked by snow.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful views.

Cons

Mosquitoes during summer.

Trailhead Elevation

5,256.00 ft (1,602.03 m)

Net Elevation Gain

690.00 ft (210.31 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Wildlife
Bird watching
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers
Fishing
Geologically significant

Suitable for

Biking

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

09/17/2018
Nice hike and great backpacking destination. My dog and I had the lake entirely to ourselves.
08/18/2018
Backpacked up here and spent the night. Absolutely beautiful location. The campsites were quiet and far away from each other, so we had some privacy, which is nice.
Mosquitos weren't too bad during the afternoon, but definitely bring some repellent if you're going to be there in the evening after the wind drops.
08/12/2018
Hiked this with my 11 yr old son. Spent the night at Indigo Lake. Mosquitos weren't bad (8/9/18) but we did have picaridin lotion and had sprayed our tent's rain fly with permethrin. I think my son came out with one mosquito bite. We continued on and hiked around Sawtooth to June lake for our second night. Hard hike for him, but great views!
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