Clean lines and solid granite make the Elephant’s Perch a top climbing destination for climbers looking for the best lines in the country. From the 7-pitch Mountaineers Route (5.9+) to the 12-pitch Original Beckey route (FA by Fred, of course) to the more recent 5.12, the Perch is a trad climbers dream.
What Makes It Great
Starting with the boat ride across Redfish Lake ($8 one way, $15 round trip, or hike it if you want to save your dollars and don't mind adding on an extra 5.6 miles), the 3 mile-total approach is beautiful and steep. Following a moderate uphill along Redfish Lake Creek, head left on a climbers trail towards Saddleback Lakes where the real steep kicks in. The reward is a climbers campsite with incredible views of the Perch, Goat’s Perch and the lakes.
Guided trips are available through local services including Sawtooth Mountain Guides. The reward is world-class climbing up some of the incredible vertical fractures on this golden rock. Be prepared for mountain, alpine conditions like big changes in temperature and afternoon storms. The rewards of climbing the Perch are unparalleled in Idaho.
Who is Going to Love It
The routes on the Perch are all committing and should be attempted by those who are skilled, confident and experienced with trad and anchor building.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Starting with the boat ride across Redfish Lake ($8 one way, $15 round trip, or hike it if you want to save your dollars and don't mind adding on an extra 5.6 miles), begin hiking up the main drainage and head for the second drainage on the left after the Grand Mogul.