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/Inlet Trailhead
Round trip: 6.8 miles
Elevation gain: 2000 ft
You will need to take the boat shuttle from Redfish Lake Lodge to Inlet Trailhead for this hike. Be prepared to route find on this hike. Saddleback Lakes is a popular rock climbing and overnight backpacking destination. Follow the trail up Redfish Canyon towards Flat Rock Junction. There is a left turn on a user-made trail to Saddleback Lakes. This junction is not signed. Cross the Redfish Creek which can be high and difficult to cross in spring and early summer. Continue up a steep, user-made trail to the lake. Expect snow in the early spring and summer on this hike. Campfires are never allowed at these lakes.
Wag bags are HIGHLY recommended if you are planning to camp at Saddleback lakes. There is little to no soil to bury human waste and it is a narrow granite canyon that sees a lot of use. You can pick up a wag bag at the Redfish Visitor Center. To learn more about wag bags visit our leave no trace page.