ACCESS: The Iron Creek Trailhead is very popular. Be ready with a back-up plan if you cannot find a parking spot. Please do not park in the sagebrush or trees on the side of the road, it destroys delicate alpine habitat.
Trailhead: Iron Creek Trailhead
Round trip: 8 miles
Elevation gain: 1300 ft
|Alpine Lake is a popular hiking destination in the Sawtooths. Enjoy great views this whole hike. The trail follows the valley bottom and gradually climbs. After crossing a small creek the trail climbs more steeply. View the lake from the trail or find the user-made trail down to the lake. The user-made trail is unmarked and steep.
If you are not feeling up for the whole hike to Alpine Lake, there is a great view point of the Iron Creek Valley out to the Stanley Basin before the trail climbs more steeply. The viewpoint is located approximately 3 miles up the trail.
This is also a popular destination for backpacking. Please help take care of this beautiful lake by following Leave No Trace practices. Campfires are never allowed at Alpine Lake.
*Note there are two popular hikes to lakes named Alpine Lake in the Sawtooths. The other Alpine Lake is located in the Redfish drainage.