Fishhook Creek Nature Trail

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Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description
Jump into the woof-taking Sun Valley and Sawtooth Wilderness area in Idaho with a pawtacular hike on the Fishhook Creek Nature Trail! This hike is furrific for families, kids, and pups of any age. It's a relatively short and easy hike which will take you out-and-back to see the majestic Sawtooth Mountain peaks. Mostly pawpular among families with dogs and children, this trail can get crowded on weekends. Peak times to go vary depending on the season, but the trail is most frequented from spring to fall.


This leisurely trail begins at the Redfish Lake Lodge. After you park your car, set foot on the trailhead which will lead you to a fork. The left trail takes you on a brief detour to a pretty overlook before rejoining the main Fishhook Creek Nature Trail (which you can take directly via the right at the fork). From here, you and your pup can wag along the clearly-marked path which meanders along a babbling creek. Plenty of shade is offered by the towering pine trees overhead. There is a steady climb about 0.7 miles in length, but nothing too strenuous. Do not cross the bridge, or you'll be taken on a longer hike around Redfish Lake.

Continue on the well-marked path until you reach the beautiful and vast Fishhook Creek Meadow, which has barktastic views on the craggy peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains that tower over 10,000+ feet high. This is your chance to take out your camera and snap some photos of your furry canine with the wild, mountainous backdrop! Continue a little further up the meadow to reach a small waterfall and beaver dam clearing. 

Now's the pawfect opportunity to take out a couple of tasty treats for your pooch, and for yourself, to enjoy. Take in a deep woof of fresh air while you soak up the Sun Valley and Sawtooth Mountain views with your best furiend! 


Trail Features
Forest, Lake, Easy Incline
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
Doggies must be leashed between July 1 and Labor Day, but can be off-leash during the offseason. Permits required at all times. Take care to bring along a bottle of bug spray as there are, at times, lots of mosquitos. This trail can get easily crowded on weekends. Part of the trail ventures into the Sawtooth Wilderness Area, so be on the lookout for wandering wildlife!
Address
Trail 186
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours
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Address
Trail 186
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset