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Sawtooth Lake

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A beautiful hike to a large lake high in the Sawtooth Wilderness
Near:Stanley, ID
Distance:11 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1700 ft
Hike Time:5.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: A great dayhike to a beautiful lake high in the Sawtooths, or an excellent overnight hike oras part of the extensive Sawtooth Wilderness trail system several loops can be made from this hike. We had excellent fishing, saw a lot of wildlife and enjoyed the magnificent lake with the backdrop of Regan Peak.
Trailhead: Drive NW from Stanley on hwy 21 for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Iron Creek campground road and follow for 3 miles To the Iron Creek trailhead. There is a large parking area with shade. SNRA trailhead pass is required. This can be obtained at the Stanley Ranger Station. (Lat:44.19824 Lon:-115.01341)
Trail Guides for Sawtooth Lake:
Hiking Idaho
by Ralph & Jackie Maughn  (Falcon Guide)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 208-726-7672 or 208-774-3681
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Don Evans, who has posted  31 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Angela on 2/16/2010
my husband and i hiked this last september, and i can honestly say that not one single day has gone by when i dont think about how amazing of an experience it was. we will be going back, but this time hiking in from grandjean! you will never be disappointed if you take iron creek trail!

Reviewed by Butch on 3/21/2009
I really think this area is the bomb. It has it all trails and lake camping. Yes' do it.

Reviewed by kathy on 7/16/2007
my sister had her july wedding at this lake.. we had 28 hikers do the hike.. it was so hot we ran out of water--take plenty or use water filters.. great hike--be in shape and watch the temps..some fire damage up there due to lightning strikes..

Reviewed by CSC on 1/2/2007
Awesome scenery; we were constantly stopping to take pictures. Probably extended our hike by an hour.

Reviewed by Joyce on 6/25/2004
I love this hike for it's changing scenery and views. At first the hike follows a beautiful stream in dense forest. It comes to a wet meadow with waterfalls coming into it. It climbs through huge pines and comes to a wildflower meadow surrounded with towering peaks with a breathtaking view. Then the climb really starts along flowery shady switchbacks to Alpine Lake, a beautiful glacier fed lake. Continue up a set of sunny switchbacks with a continueous view of the lake. A little furthur through flower bedecked rocks at the treeline you will find Sawtooth Lake. I like to hike along the left side of the lake to see the several waterfalls that cascade into the lake in some years and to enjoy the bountious wildflowers.

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Keys: Idaho Hiking, Idaho Trails, Idaho Hikes, Custer County Hiking, Custer County Trails, Custer County Hikes

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