ACCESS: The Redfish Trailhead is very popular and serves many trails. Do not park in no parking zones. Please do not park off the side of the road in the sagebrush or other vegetation, it destroys the delicate alpine habitat.
Trailhead: Redfish Lake
Round trip: 8 miles
Elevation gain: 1200 ft
There are several ways to hike to the Bench Lakes. You can hike out and back from the Redfish Trailhead, or take the boat shuttle to the Redfish Inlet Trailhead and hike out and back from there. You can also take the boat shuttle one way to make the hike more of a loop. From Redfish Ridge, turn on to the Bench Lakes Trail and continue to the first and second lakes.
If you would like to continue to the upper lakes there are some user-made trails. Be prepared to hike off-trail and route find. The Redfish Ridge Trail provides great views of Redfish Lake, the Sawtooths, and beyond. Bench Lakes are a chain of alpine lakes resting on a ridge between the Fishhook and Redfish glacial valleys.
Fun fact: hiking the Redfish Ridge means you are hiking on top of a glacial moraine! Stop by the Redfish Visitor Center to learn more!