Sawtooth Range Loop - 65 miles 

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Author: rockthrowjoe
Date: 24 Jun 2007 7:48:16 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Idaho (ID)
Distance: 61.5 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 63864 ft
Total Loss: 54184 ft
Net Change: 9680 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Idaho, Lowman
Rating:   2 rating(s) Rate it

A beautiful week-long trip through the amazing Sawtooth Range. This trip is best hiked clockwise. To reach the trailhead get directions using any online mapping program, e.g., Google Maps or MapQuest to "Grandjean, ID" from wherever you are traveling from.

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Grand Sawtooths Loop - Part 1

Distance: 13.07 mi Points: 371
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Side Trail to Great Camping at Trail Creek Lakes

Distance: 0.63 mi Points: 18
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1 mile to Trail Creek Lakes

Trail to Observation Peak (~1mi) - Well Worth the Trip!!!

Distance: 0.89 mi Points: 26
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1 mile to the top of Observation Peak (9151'). In fact, Observation Peak is the ONLY peak in the whole Sawtooth Range that has a trail to the summit. The view from the top is amazing and well worth the short side trip.

Grand Sawtooths Loop - Part 2

Distance: 43.98 mi Points: 874
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Short side trip to Lake 8861'. Great scenic and deserted campsites

Distance: 1.26 mi Points: 27
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Great Sidetrip to Everly and Plummer Lake (~2mi)

Distance: 1.67 mi Points: 35
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Points of Interest

50 foot wide stream crossing

Location: 44.009060, -115.047523
In early summer this crossing can be dangerous! Use caution and a good hiking stick!

A couple of good campsites near the NE shore of Spangle Lake

Location: 43.949337, -115.029854

Alpine Lake

Location: 44.064964, -115.019188

Amazing Views all around!!!

Location: 44.074757, -115.023827

Amazing Views of the Sawtooth Range from the top of Observation Peak.

Location: 44.171406, -115.108955

Another Campsite near Trail Creek Lakes

Location: 44.159477, -115.086899

baron lake

Location: 44.083408, -115.030563

baron lake2

Location: 44.084587, -115.031479

Baron lake3

Location: 44.082088, -115.030121

Best Camping is by the Upper McGown Lake

Location: 44.177723, -115.074638

Best Campsites are at Lower and Middle Cramer Lake

Location: 44.034069, -114.994698

Campsite at creek crossing

Location: 44.069706, -115.003532

Campsite at Elk Lake

Location: 44.023094, -115.068352

Campsite with good solitude right after creek crossing.

Location: 44.090488, -115.029610

Campsites at tip of Hidden Lake

Location: 43.995125, -114.997513

cramer lake

Location: 44.034546, -114.993507

Creekside Campsite

Location: 43.982548, -115.067581

Decent Campsite

Location: 44.009693, -115.047523

Edna Lake

Location: 43.974072, -114.991318

edna vernon lakes

Location: 43.964233, -114.999512

Fair Campsites - But the view is unbeatable!!

Location: 44.031689, -114.987656

Fantastic camping sites near lake outlet. Be ready to compete with horse parties though.

Location: 43.969051, -115.015091

Fantastic Campsites here. Great fishing and spectacular sunsets!

Location: 43.951134, -115.040771

Fantastic Views

Location: 43.953365, -115.024315

Good Campsites - Great Views of Packrat Peak

Location: 44.066212, -115.018631
Can be crowded though.

Good Campsites - Less Crowded than at Alpine Lake below

Location: 44.071697, -115.020622

Good campsites but can be crowded

Location: 44.179649, -115.063034

Great Camping at Trail Creek Lakes

Location: 44.159313, -115.088333
It's only about 1 mile off the trail but is a great place to camp the first night to acclimated to the altitude. Beautiful views.

Great camping on the gently sloping shore of Vernon Lake

Location: 43.965652, -114.994164
Awesome views of Peak 9941' to the South.

Great Campsite

Location: 43.967594, -114.989647

Great campsite beneath some Fir trees

Location: 44.132393, -115.098625

Great Campsite just above Smith Falls

Location: 43.999352, -115.040726

Great Campsite with early season flowers

Location: 44.116905, -115.076706

Great Campsites

Location: 44.032078, -114.992218

Great Campsites by Upper McGown Lake

Location: 44.178417, -115.075829
A lot less crowded place to camp than Sawtooth Lake.

Great Campsites!

Location: 44.084274, -115.030190
But tend to be overused. With this view you can understand why.

Great fishing for brook trout in this little lake!

Location: 43.963905, -115.001587

Great Secluded and Scenic Campsites. Worth the side trip!

Location: 43.977501, -114.977364

hidden lake

Location: 44.005219, -115.001335

hidden lake reflection

Location: 44.003033, -115.000427

imogene lake

Location: 43.982449, -114.962173

In early season, cross at a log-jam about 100yds downstream of normal crossing.

Location: 44.070435, -115.003242

Middle Cramer Lake

Location: 44.031933, -114.991203

Middle Cramer Lake2

Location: 44.031631, -114.989494

Observation Peak - 9151 ft.

Location: 44.171204, -115.109451
Beautiful views from the top and well worth the side trip.

Tohobit Falls

Location: 44.102093, -115.056213

Trailhead at Grandjean Campground

Location: 44.149387, -115.151382

Turn Left at junction and proceed up Trail Creek

Location: 44.150261, -115.148132

Two good Campsites here near creek crossing

Location: 44.132835, -115.101112

unamed tarn above cramer lake

Location: 44.020340, -114.989311

upper cramer lake

Location: 44.031815, -114.986221

vernon lake

Location: 43.965874, -114.994598

View of Mt. Regan is the Greatest view in all of the Sawtooths

Location: 44.177269, -115.062744
Can be relatively (for Idaho) crowded around here. Lots of people hike up from Stanley, ID for this view.

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