Since everyone has been so helpful for me over the years I'll offer a few thoughts on this Sawtooth trip up the Pinchot creek drainage taken two weeks ago.
This was my second trip up this drainage (last being 7 years ago). I can first say that I must have been much more fit 7 years ago as this one was a bit$&. This is definitely a 2 day up trip, mostly due to the long access from Grandjean. To my mind, it is the most unvisited in the Sawtooths and definitely offers some real highlights. I have only visited all the lakes on the W side of the drainage and it is still my goal to hit those on the E side. Access is difficult but by no means prohibitive. The bush whacking in certian sections is slow and painful but is also dotted with good game trails between the rock slides and the drainage floor. Access to any of the W lakes is also no picnic, which really is a blessing since they are all pristine lakes with no evidence of other hikers (hopefully we can keep it that way). I think to access the E lakes an approach from Pat's would be quicker and easier. Personally, on this one I got pretty good cramps (it was 90+ in Grandjean) and had problems with my dog and ended up packing him out. Also fell a bit crossing the Payette (along with a few other mishaps) so for me this was something of a debacle.... but it doesn't have to be.
George, I've done Goat Creek about 6 times.... but only tried to go UP it once. Tried. As you alluded that is a miserable endeavor. I would never recommend that to any hiker. If that is to be done it should be part of a through hike from Redfish to Grandjean. No, Pinchot is not that bad. There aren't the miles of river birch to navigate which makes Goat a nightmare. George - if you'd like to get a fishing report or further info please feel free to email me. BTW - we witnessed a F&G airplane stocking the lake one morning.... it was pretty cool.
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