Twilight At Redfish Lake
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I drove the Redfish lake one morning to caught the sunrise, but was a little disappointed with the results so I found some trees to frame the lake as the sun was breaking the horizon.
Redfish Lake is an alpine lake in central Idaho, United States, located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in Custer County.
It is named for the brilliant sockeye salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. However, these fish are now on the endangered species list. The north end of Redfish Lake hosts many developed recreation opportunities, including the Redfish Lake Lodge (restaurant, cabin and boat rentals) and Forest Service campgrounds, boat launch, day-use areas and a visitor center. Redfish Lake is about a mile upstream of the smaller but equally picturesque Little Redfish Lake. The easiest way to reach the highest peak in the Sawtooths, Thompson Peak, is from the Redfish Lake Trailhead.
The surface elevation of Redfish Lake is 6,547 feet (1,996 m) above sea level. The lake is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and 0.72 miles (1.2 km) wide, with a maximum depth of 387 feet (118 m), and 11 miles (18 km) of shoreline. The actual trail around the lake is 17.5 miles (28 km) in length.
The average temperature of the lake ranges from freezing (32�F, 0�C) to a high of around 62�F (16�C) in late July & early August. In the winter the lake freezes over, with ice 30-36" (75�90 cm) thick.
The peaks which frame the lake at its south end are
Mount Heyburn at 10,229 ft (3,118 m) to the west
Grand Mogul at 9,733 feet (2,967 m).
The Sawtooth Mountain Range is part of the Rocky Mountains located a few miles south of Stanley, Idaho and approximately 65 miles north of Sun Valley, Idaho. The majority of the mountain range is within the Sawtooth Wilderness. Stanley's vibrant and welcoming community offers the traveling visitor a true Rocky Mountain experience with a variety of Lodging, Restaurants, Shops, Outfittersand other services.
September 26th, 2013
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