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Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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342 mi 551 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 27 Trails

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300 plus high mountain lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Recreational pursuits include outdoor activities of camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating and canoeing, rafting, observing nature, photographing and bicycling.

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Gems in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 1

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gem Favorite Used as a Ski-base in winter, this Yurt is great family quarters in summer.

Fishhook Yurt

(1) Sun Valley, ID

Recommended Routes in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 3

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Favorite Above Alpine Lake, views of the Sawtooth Mountains looking north.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sawtooth Lake (from Iron Creek Trailhead)

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,747' Up 532.57 m Up 1,747' Down 532.49 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite Toxaway Lake at Sunrise.
Intermediate/Difficult

Alice-Toxaway Loop

19.1 mi 30.8 km 2,985' Up 909.97 m Up 2,985' Down 909.93 m Down

Sun Valley, ID
Favorite This area is popular with those who like to fish
Intermediate

Washington Lake

14.7 mi 23.6 km 3,055' Up 931.09 m Up 3,054' Down 930.79 m Down

Sun Valley, ID

Trails in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 50

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1.0 mi 1.6 km #1Bench Lakes Trail #155
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
7.3 mi 11.8 km #2Washington Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
5.5 mi 8.8 km #3Alturas Lake Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
3.1 mi 5.0 km #4Alpine Lakes Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
18.5 mi 29.8 km #5Livingston Mill-Castle Divide
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
3.5 mi 5.7 km #6Cabin Creek Trail #191
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
3.5 mi 5.6 km #7Chamberlain Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
6.2 mi 10.0 km #8Rough Creek Trail
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
2.8 mi 4.5 km #9Boundary Creek
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
4.1 mi 6.6 km #10Senate Meadows Loop
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
18.7 mi 30.2 km #11Big Smoky Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
6.6 mi 10.6 km #12Little Boulder Creek
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
1.2 mi 2.0 km #13Observation Peak Trail #614
Difficult
Idaho City, ID
Difficult
Idaho City, ID
6.7 mi 10.8 km #14Williams Creek
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
6.2 mi 9.9 km #15Little Casino
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
6.4 mi 10.2 km #16Spring Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
3.2 mi 5.1 km #17Redfish Ridge Trail #400
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
9.6 mi 15.4 km #18Sunny Gulch
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
14.0 mi 22.6 km #19Martin-Big Casino Trail
Very Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Very Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
11.4 mi 18.4 km #20Germania Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID

Photos of Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 47

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Chamberlain Lake rainbow.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
While out early exploring the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho I came across this scene where the first rays of morning light accentuating the mountain peaks.
Apr 7, 2020 near Challis, ID
4th of July Lake
Jul 22, 2018 near Sun Valley, ID
Castle Peak, White Clouds Wilderness
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
Chamberlain Lake, Castle Peak at night.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
Chamberlain Creek Waterfall!
Apr 7, 2015 near Sun Valley, ID
Backpackers climbing out of Chamberlain Lakes.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
Used as a Ski-base in winter, this Yurt is great family quarters in summer.
Apr 4, 2020 near Sun Valley, ID