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Redfish Peak

Redfish Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.05050°N / 114.99°W

Object Title: Redfish Peak

County: Custer

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10212 ft / 3113 m


Page By: SawtoothSean

Created/Edited: Jul 9, 2010 / Aug 23, 2010

Object ID: 636498

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Location: East-Central section in the heart of the Sawtooths, off of perhaps the busiest trail in the region.

Nearby Peaks: Redfish Point, Chockstone Peak, Decker Peak, The Arrowhead, Mt. Sevy

Linkups: Chockstone Peak, Redfish Point

Difficulty:  Moderate scrambling (Class 3) if sticking to route, easily becomes Class 4+ just off route

Usage: Hiking, nearby moderate technical climbs all around

Terrain:  steep and rugged broken rock interspersed with solid granite

Traffic:  virtually nonexistent off trail, realtively busy on trail

Summit Register:  Yes

History / Etymology:  Named after nearby Redfish Lake, which is named after the Sockeye Salmon that once returned to Redfish lake


Redfish Peak

Getting There

Nearest Paved Roads:  ID-75

Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions:  None

Approach Trails / Conditions:  Redfish Creek Trail (Good), Saddleback Lakes Climbers Trail (Good)


Chockstone Lake


Main Route:  West Slopes- From the Redfish Camp Inlet, follow the trail roughly 2.4 miles, leave the main trail and cross Redfish Creek (difficult early season). Follow the climbers trail under the Elephant's Perch and past Saddleback Lakes (Shang-Gri-La).  From the lakes, climb SW into a bowl under the peak and scramble up the open slopes to the summit

Main Route Stats:  11.1miles / 5115 (round trip utilizing Shuttle Boat)

Average RT Time:  5-7 hours

Other Routes:  Northwest Ridge- This route has the advantage of passing right over Redfish Point and under Chockstone Peak.  Follow the Redfish Creek Trail past Flatrock Junction. Just past the junction, leave the trail and climb into the bowl that separates Chockstone Peak (9320) from Redfish Point (10095). Contour on thin ledges west of Redfish Point and follow the ridge SE to the summit.  This route is considerably more challenging than the main route, but offers close up views of vertical towers.

Route Stats:  11.5 miles /  4785 (round trip utilizing Shuttle Boat)

Average RT Time:  7-9 hours


Chockstone Pk and Redfish Pt

Red Tape

Jurisdiction:  Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Forest Service)

Permit:  No

Other Users / Issues:  Shuttle Boat is expensive and can be unreliable

Maps:  USGS Quad- Mt. Cramer

Guide Book:  Tom Lopez,  Idaho: A Climbing Guide


Decker from Redfish Point

When To Climb

Climbing Season:  June through October (past October there is no shuttle)

Ideal Climbing Time:  June-Oct

Nearest Weather Station:  Stanley

Weather Relative to Region:  Very average to region- cold "dry" winters, warm dry summers


Redfish Point


Car Camping Sites:  Redfish lake Area offers plenty

Backpacking Sites:  Flatrock Junction area, Saddleback Lakes, Cramer Lakes


Summit View

Flora & Fauna

Potential Wildlife:  Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Marten, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Confirmed Wildlife: B Black Bear, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout

Vegetation:  Lodgepole Pine


 GRand and Black Aguille


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