Family-friendly stoll along a mountain creek, ending at an incredible view of the Sawtooths.


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Fishhook Creek is one of the best moderate hikes from Redfish Lake.

The trail transports you quickly from arid pine forest and grasslands, to wet meadows along a meandering creek.

The trail goes somewhat steeply up at the beginning, but then it’s gentle gradient with some brief downhills the rest of the way.

It’s mostly smooth going, with only a few rocky sections.

It’s not the easiest of hikes, but still suitable for most abilities and for families with younger children. After some time hiking through conifer and aspen forest, with some burned trees as evidence of past wildfires, the trail meets the creek in a brilliantly green meadow.

A footbridge crosses a small side stream, but the trail more or less ends at the main creek.

You’ll really want to capture a photo of this spot, with clear water sliding between grassy banks, a perimeter of deep green trees, and a crown of snow-streaked peaks on the horizon.

This is a classic Sawtooth panorama, and even better than what you’ll get from the shore of Redfish Lake. If you feel like braving muddy ground, you can continue onward to find the edge of a marshy lake.

There is no official trail beyond there, but you may find use paths that continue around the water’s perimeter.

When you’ve had your fill of Sawtooths scenery, simply return the way you came, and treat yourself to ice cream or a filling meal back at the lodge. Sources: