ID – Sawtooth Wilderness, Hell Roaring Trailhead

Just like with Yellowbelly Trailhead, you hike for a bit on an old road before reaching the official trailhead. 

It seems June hiking in the Sawtooths means wet trails. 

I’ll say it again, I love bridges! 

Hell Roaring Lake 

Hell Roaring Lake had plentiful skeeters lining the trail. I was glad I hadn’t planned to camp here. It seems more of a lake for those looking to fish. 

Look at that, legitimate hiker bridges. 

Water, water everywhere. 

And then it was time for a little snow hiking and route finding.

Imogene Lake 

Look at that ridge, oh my! That looks like a fun place to explore. 

Pretty sweet campsite. According to my notes, it was light until about 10pm and the overnight low at 8,400′ was only 41F.  That’s 10 degrees warmer than inside my car the previous night.

Look at that clear water. 

First light. The trail continues over the low saddle . 

Lucky me, look at that view, and yes all mine. Once again I scored a full lake to myself. Good morning!

It’s gonna take a while for plentiful wildflowers to pay this area a visit. 

It was time to say goodbye to the Sawtooths for now. What an amazing few weeks. I can’t wait to return a little later in the season when the passes are clear of snow and the waterways are a bit safer to ford. 

Adventure Date(s):

  • June 12-13, 2018
  • Hiking Stats:









  • Permits are free and self serve at the trailhead. I wish more areas would adopt this practice.
  • It seems campfire rings might be a thing of the past. I like this philosophy. 
  • Public showers and laundry are available near Redfish Lake Lodge. 
  • Visit the Ranger Station in Stanley to determine latest trail conditions and dispersed camping options. They marked a Motor Vehicle Use map with roads appropriate for my vehicle and approved for dispersed camping. After hiking various trails I reported back to the Stanley Ranger Station and the rangers provided more and more options after each visit. Once they know your interests and abilities they are more willing to assist in the process.




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