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Alice-Toxaway Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful day-hike or multi day journey past high alpine lakes and over high passes.


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Map Key

19.1

Miles

30.8

KM

Loop

9,416' 2,870 m

High

7,017' 2,139 m

Low

2,985' 910 m

Up

2,985' 910 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a nice 3-day hike that would be a nice first hike for a young family.

Be sure to read the restrictions for the Sawtooth Wilderness area regarding campfires, camping at lakes etc. More information can be found online.

Overview

This route makes for a fantastic 3-day loop, where visitors will be camping at lakes and traveling over high passes. Spectacular views are available within the Sawtooth Wilderness Area, and visitors will be able to see all the way across the valley to the White Cloud Wilderness. Several creek crossings make the trail entertaining with the opportunity to camp at a lake every night. Expect to see many other trail users along this route.

Need to Know

Rocky trail with 4 creek crossings that can be tricky during spring runoff.

Description

From the Tin-Cup Trailhead at Pettit Lake, work your way 1/4 mile up to the Pettit Lake Cutoff Trail. From there you can head either clockwise or counterclockwise around the 17 mile loop. There is some great camping at Alice Lake, Twin Lakes, Toxaway and Farley Lakes. If you head up towards Alice Lake to start your hike, you'll be traveling though old mature lodgepole pine and fir forests. You start traveling up along the creek which you'll end up fording in several places. During runoff, these creek crossings can be dangerous.

You then climb up into a high hanging valley where you start some long switchbacks up into the Alice Lake Basin. A couple of more creek crossings and you are almost there. There is good camping all around Alice Lake for your first night. Twin Lakes is about another mile past Alice and also has some good camp spots. From Twin Lakes, you pass over a 9,000 plus foot pass on your way to Toxaway Lake. This is another good spot to camp for your second night out. Farley Lake is another two miles below Toxaway Lake, and this is another opportunity for camping, but the sites are harder to find. The next morning you can head back out to the Tin Cup Trailhead via the Pettit Lake Cutoff.

Flora & Fauna

This is a beautiful high elevation lodgepole/douglas fir forest. Trilliums and lots of wildflowers in the springtime. Deer, elk, bears, pika, marmots, and lots of birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Idaho Trails Association with improvements by Teresa Kanter

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  4.6 from 35 votes

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Photos

Toxaway Lake at Sunrise.
Mar 17, 2020 near Sun Valley, ID
The talus slope below Alice Lake as seen from the Pettit Creek Trail, looking at the White Cloud Wilderness.
Feb 16, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
Approaching Farley Lake From Toxaway
Jul 4, 2020 near Sun Valley, ID
Alice Lake
Jul 22, 2018 near Sun Valley, ID
Toxaway Lake
Jun 28, 2015 near Sun Valley, ID

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Jul 15, 2021
Richelle Yunger
Alice: ~6 miles Alice-toxaway: ~6 miles Toxaway-trailhead: ~7 miles
Jun 22, 2021
Brad Kult
Camping site next to Alice Lake 13.1mi — 4h 30m
Sep 7, 2020
Scott Hunter
Great hike but wind storm knocked over numerous trees on trail from Alice Lake to Petit Lake for teturn trip. 12mi — 24h 00m
Aug 13, 2020
Dman Smith
Jul 14, 2020
Sandy Oaks
Ridiculously crowded. The route on HP doesn't match reality anymore, esp around river/creek crossings. Hiked it on my period, someone give me a cookie
Jul 1, 2020
Jack Givens
Still a little snow to trek through and the there is still Spring run off. 22mi
Jun 5, 2020
Robbie Gonzales
Sep 14, 2019
Justin Zabel
19.1mi