Backpacker Magazine Ketchum: Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake 

With its forested route and views of a stunning lake ringed by peaks, this 8.6-miler is a first-rate snapshot of the gorgeous Sawtooth Wilderness.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 15 Jun 2007 11:40:20 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: Idaho (ID)
Distance: 4.33 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1949 ft
Total Loss: 223 ft
Net Change: 1726 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: Idaho, Ketchum, Readers' Choice, Sawtooth Mountains, Stanley
Rating:   3 rating(s) Rate it

-Mapped by Jason Kauffman

TO TRAILHEAD: From Stanley, head 2 mi. W on ID 21 to turnoff for Iron Creek trailhead (FR 619) on L. Drive 3 mi. to trailhead parking lot.

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Distance: 4.33 mi Points: 172
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Sawtooth Lake

Points of Interest


Location: 44.198593, -115.013878
Hike SW into shaded forest of lodgepole pines


Location: 44.189667, -115.030533
Trail passes sign indicating boundary of the 217,088-acre Sawtooth Wilderness


Location: 44.189335, -115.031525
Turn R @ Y; soon after, trail enters a lovely, tree-lined meadow


Location: 44.193359, -115.038528
L @ Y, bearing SE


Location: 44.188137, -115.054733
Ford Iron Creek. Caution: Watch for swift flows during spring meltoff. Path quickly climbs almost 500 ft.


Location: 44.184032, -115.054039
Stay R @ Y, where side trail drops to shores of Alpine Lake


Location: 44.183369, -115.055031
Overlook S to photogenic Alpine Lake


Location: 44.181629, -115.061256
Pass pond on R. Sawtooth Lake is just beyond


Location: 44.179066, -115.062927
Glorious views! Sawtooth Lake reflects the serrated granite ridge above. Hike on for more views and a blissful lunch spot


Location: 44.177574, -115.062798
Turn R @ Y and follow faint trail to bluff above Sawtooth Lake. Look S for awe-inspiring views of turquoise waters and of 10,190-foot Mt. Regan to the S. Retrace steps to trailhead


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