Thanks Brutus. Added your info. to my E. Perch and Warbonnet pages.
what did you climb there during your visit?
Our first time in the Sawtooths, so: Mountaineer's Route on Elephant's Perch.
First we rented a canoe and paddled ourselves and our gear across the lake to the Transfer camp, where we left the canoe for pickup by the shuttleboat.
Then hiked in (in the rain), scampered up the route between storms, hiked out (in the rain) and grabbed the shuttle back to the Lodge.
Made your corrections/additions & gave you credit in the Acknowledgement section on main page (also made those relevant changes on my Warbonnet page). Take a looksee and let me know if it reads right now.
this is good and useful info.
$5 Fee for parking at the trailhead is no longer required as of July 2005. This was confirmed in conversations with the staff at the store and also with several locals climbing in the area.
The Redfish Lake turn off is 5.5 miles SOUTH of Stanly along Hwy 75. The Lodge is 1.5 miles from this turn off. The cost of the boat ride is now $6.00 each way. Forest Service fee's are no longer required. The turn off from the main hiking trail to Elephants perch is identified as the only time you are close enough to see the river since the start of the trail. If you find a talus field soon after you see the river, turn back.
There are many technical routes that could be added to the Routes section- I thought an important thing to add was the descent route. Given, the word of mouth nature of beta, this info will save people some time and effort.
the attached link is good for getting a feel for Sunbeam Hot Springs.
The 3rd gully (looking up from the biv site) is the easiest way up and down the west side of the Perch. It's a little longer hike but it avoids the short 5th class section in the main gully.
The climbers trail to the Elephants Perch is not maintained by the Forest Service and can be very challenging. The log crossing at Redfish Lake Creek occasionally blows out during high water. This log crossing can be very sketchy, please use extreme caution, or consider crossing in the water if it is low enough. Remember, you are traveling in Wilderness.
Campfires are NEVER allowed at Saddleback Lakes. Campfires are illegal due to the high amount of use this area receives and the sensitivity of this beautiful high alpine environment.
Groups can be no larger than 12, all need to get a free wilderness permit at the trailhead.
If you replace webbing on a route please cut out the old or weathered webbing.
Future access to this amazing area depends on our responsible use.