Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

6.8 miles 2000 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Fudo Jahic

This is a great overnight camping trip for fishing, hiking and star gazing. With crystal clear water and an abundance of fish, you'll be in heaven. Trailhead Elevevation: 6,580 ft.

The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The cost is $7.50 per person each way and is payable at the marina. The boat ride is approximately 7 minutes each way.

Once across the lake at its southern end (Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp), hike the Redfish Lake Creek trail southwest for approximately 2 mile. At the junction, you're about 100 feet from the stream and you should be able to see the logs on which you will cross the river. The turn off from the main hiking trail to Elephants Perch is also identified as the only time you are close enough to see the river since the start of the trail. The trail becomes easier to follow higher up. The trail follows the base of the slabs beneath the west face of Elephants Perch and then crosses the Saddleback Lakes drainage just before the first lake. The trail is steep and reaches the lowest (of three) Saddleback Lakes in about a mile from the junction (elevation c. 8200 feet).

Good camping spots can be found around these lakes - these spots make for a perfect staging area for climbs on Elephants Perch.

Total approach time is about 2 - 3 hours from the marina.

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Rock Climbing
Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping

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Just plain beautiful

the hike is for sure ascending, it's quite steep. But it is beautiful and an awesome place to stay overnight.

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