Do you want to escape the throws of ordinary, everyday life? Step away from the hustle and bustle of city living and into the pure, unfiltered nature that is the Sawtooth Mountains. This beautiful region in Central Idaho is home to hundreds of hiking trails, tons of river rafting opportunities, and an incredible collection of stunning sights. Alturas Lake is just one of a handful of large alpine mountain reserves that provide an array of activities for visitors of all ages to explore. Check out some of our favorite things to do there, and who knows, maybe you’ll even discover a side of your self you never knew existed!
For more places to see and things to do during your Sawtooth adventure, make sure you request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide!
The Top Alturas Lake Activities
Hiking Alturas Lake Creek Trail
The Alturas Lake Creek Trail starts past the southwest corner of the lake, branching off from the main parking lot. The first portion of the path consists of an old decommissioned road until you cross over a bridge. Continue following the creek next to the trail at a standard grade as you travel through meadows and avalanche paths until the incline increases. From this point on, the trail is rocky and steep, so use caution.
All in all, the trail is a 5.5-mile journey from point to point. The first part of the path is relatively easy, but the series of rocky slopes and steep drops makes this trail quite challenging. If you’re searching for a leisurely hike along the shores of the lake, we suggest exploring the Alturas Lake Trail.
Alturas Lake Trail Details
While it’s not an official trail, a hike around the shores of Alturas Lake is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in Central Idaho. Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy this 2.7-mile trek around from the main parking lot on the south end of the lake. The trail ends on a beach where you can lay down a blanket a warm summer day and take in the beautiful views of the picturesque alpine lake!
Tip: Some areas on this trail don’t have markers, so it can be tricky to follow.
Alturas Lake Swimming
Alturas Lake is a fantastic place to camp out along the shore on a sunny summer day! You’ll find an incredible variety of species here, including Rainbow trout, Bull trout, Kokanee, and Cutthroat trout. Make sure you check the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website for rules and necessary licenses need for fishing!
Alturas Lake Fishing
Most alpine lakes in Idaho are chilly during the warm summer months, but the water here can reach temperatures that are somewhat higher than average. Of course, the water will still be a little chilly, but a swim in the cool, clear waters of this lake is well worth it, especially if you get too hot while taking in some rays on the beach.
Redfish Lake Lodge is the perfect home base for exploring Central Idaho. Our property is home to a variety of accommodations, as well as activities, amenities, entertainment, and dining. You can rent a boat from our marina or choose one of our specials to begin your adventure. Don’t forget to check out our three sister properties in Stanley if we don’t have any availability during your selected dates (they all receive complimentary access to our property’s amenities).
Start planning your trip today by booking one of our accommodations! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.