How to Create the Best Adventures on the Fishhook Creek Trail

Calling all nature lovers! The Fishhook Creek Trail is your gateway to panoramic views of the Sawtooth Mountains and several high adventures, thrill seeking type hikes. The trail winds a total of 4 miles through the Sawtooth National Forest. During your adventure, you’ll not only be surrounded by crisp mountain air and an incredible landscape, but you’ll also be able to reconnect with nature and yourself! Whether you want to hike, bike, or go horseback riding, an afternoon exploring this peaceful escape will be a great addition to your family vacation!

Before your journey on the Fishhook Creek Trail begins, request 24-hour access to our Online Vacation Guide! You’ll see our suggestions for what to do, see, and eat near downtown Stanley, Idaho. Our guide also features the rustic accommodations and resort activities at Redfish Lake Lodge!

Our Favorite Ways to Experience the Fishhook Creek Trail

With a delightful array of outdoor activities in our area, you’re sure to find the perfect way to lose yourself in the beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains. Before you explore the Fishhook Creek Trail, read over our local insights and discover what you’ll see along your journey!


Begin your self-guided excursion at the Redfish Lake Trailhead parking area. From there, you and your family will be delighted by the easy 200-foot elevation change along the Fishhook Creek Trail. On your way, you’ll pass by sage bushes, aspen trees, spacious meadows, sweeping views of Redfish Lake, and of course, the breathtaking Fishhook Creek. Be sure to bring your camera and photograph the diverse terrain while you walk down this tree-covered path!

Horseback Riding

Here at Redfish Lake Lodge, we invite you to explore in true cowboy fashion: on horseback! Head to the on-site Redfish Lake Corrals to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Our tours are guided by local experts who know the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. From 1-hour to an all-day journey, select the ideal outdoor excursion for you and your family. Some highlights of our equestrian experience include fantastic views of the Heyburn, Fishhook Knob, Hortsman, Williams, and Thompson peaks, and the beaver ponds located at the end of the Fishhook Creek Trail!


In addition to hiking and horseback riding, you can bike along the Fishhook Creek Trail. Our on-site bike rental shop is located next to the Main Lodge in front of our General Store. Whether you are looking for fat tire cruisers or kids bikes, reserve the ideal adventure-mobile to spend your day exploring. All of our rentals are offered for 2-hour, half-day, or full day outings.

Where to Refuel

After you complete your journey along the Fishhook Creek Trail, stop by one of our restaurants for a delicious meal!

Limbert’s at Redfish

Located on the first floor of the Main Lodge, Limbert’s is our signature restaurant. Whether you want to indulge in a hearty breakfast or gourmet dinner, you’re sure to have an unparalleled culinary experience complete with a variety of flavors, textures, and authentic Northwestern flair.

The Rustic Lounge

Our Rustic Lounge showcases unique memorabilia and real log-hewn stools that capture the charm of Redfish Lake Lodge. If you want to make the most your time this summer, consider stopping by Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights for “Happy Hour with Jen!”

Lakeside Grill

If you want to enjoy your meal outdoors, order something delicious from our Lakeside Grill. You’ll find a diverse menu, including hamburgers, wraps, burritos, fish tacos, soups, salads, pizza, and our extra creamy soft-serve ice cream.

Relax at Redfish Lake Lodge

Once you’ve had an adventure on the FishHook Creek Trail, and had your fill at one of our eateries, unwind in your room at either Redfish Lake Lodge or Redfish Riverside Inn. Both of our rustic retreats are surrounded by towering mountains and thick forests. Each of our properties offers stunning views of the region, as well as easy access to the Marina and our glacier-carved lake. Whatever way you decide to spend your vacation with us, you’ll discover the perfect places to enjoy the outdoors and disconnect from our modern world.

We can’t wait to see you and your family this year!