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Fantastic hike completed in ten hours. First snow of the year with beautiful fall colors. Trail names (numbers not referenced) are well marked.

beautiful and lots of uphill.
we did it in 5 days. pretty cold as we did it the last week of September. take time to stop and look. so beautiful

We did this hike in three days in the last weekend in June. The weather was perfect and we would absolutely do this again. Like other reviewers, I also recommend hiking clockwise due to the hotter, dryer, final stretch back to Pettite (Pet-it). We stayed camped at Alice and Toxaway Lake and after doing the full hike, would definitely stay at those two lakes if we ever did this again.
Things to note: 1. You cross a river about 5/6 times. I strongly recommend having chocos or some other very secure, sturdy sandal to change in to when doing this. or at least be prepared to change socks or something.
2. Toxaway lake had approx. 500 Billion mosquitos- Deet is an absolute must.
3. There is snow at the top of this trail-I was SO grateful for my trekking poles at this point. Also pants.
4. There is a point on the way back to the car where the trail forks and there is the worst possible signage situation happening. It is towards the end, and you have the option to keep going straight or take a sharp right turn, as though your going back in the direction that you just came from, and you need to take that. You'll have some last minute up-hill action and then you'll drop back down towards pettit.

Please don't be the people that are leaving trash in the mountains. take out what you bring in. And have fun!

hiking
23 days ago

Easy to to just keep on going. Track your mileage & bring sunscreen in all seasons.

This is a stellar hike. You will share the trail with others but pay no mind. You will love the view and never forget it. The only thing I will add is that Alltrails has a very poor mileage system, this trail being an example. The mileage points are arbitrary so be aware. The hike from trailhead to Alice lake is actually just over 6 miles. You can see this looking closely at the mapping but just a heads up. The view from Alice lake includes a very foreboding El Capitan, reminiscent of the Wind Rivers, and a ridgeline that resembles the ranges namesake, Sawtooth. The place is magical. Don't start late like we did, as we ended up with about 40 minutes at the lake. We got back to the car at dark.

backpacking
1 month ago

The hike up was pretty nice. The views along the way were stunning, but the lake... spectacular.

backpacking
1 month ago

An incredibly beautiful trip. We did this in three days but wished we had spent at least 5 days ! This is a great post Labor Day trip as there were not too many people. First night at 6 miles meadow was in the upper 20s but beautiful sunny days.

Beautiful, just beautiful! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. The mountains are so close and Slick Rock Falls was awesome. The three mile hike to the falls was not a very hard trek. I highly recommend!

Truly stunning! We did this as a day trip, and I wish we would have stayed a night or two up at Alice Lake — plenty of little secluded spots to camp. The incline was gradual, though make sure to pack really sturdy hiking boots (with ankle support) since the hike is very rocky (it is the sawtooths, after all). Definitely planning to come back!

Did this as a two nighter. Great hike and amazing views. Made the mistake of going on a holiday weekend, but we made the most of it. Most of the campers decided to leave at the same time I did, making for congested trails. Still had a good time. Hiking eagle cap was intense but worth it. Do it!

We did this as a day hike. The trail was in great shape; it’s very well graded throughout so there are very few steep portions. The last mile before Frazier Lake had some larger rocks to scramble over but over all an excellent trail. Can’t wait to do the entire loop some day.

We went from Two Pan Trailhead to Eagle Cap and back, all in one day. The hike was beautiful, the meadows were simply incredible, and we had a nice view of Eagle Cap for about 5 miles. The view from the mountain itself is so awesome. If you do any hike in the Wallowa Mountains, do this one. You'll see most of the area, as Eagle Cap is right in the center of the wilderness. However, I wouldn't do this as a day hike ever again, the mountain climb was grueling. Camp at Mirror or Upper Lake, and do the mountain in the morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible backpacking trip with stellar views and interesting terrain throughout. Switchbacks made for easy ascents and lengthy descents. We did the loop starting at tin cup heading counter-clockwise with camp at Farley Lake on night one and Alice Lake on night two per Backpacker magazine. Could do in one night with a stay at Toxaway, but I would recommend savoring this one!

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Eagle cap has amazing views. Camped for three nights at mirror lake and didn't want to leave.

what a great trail. It was beautiful and relatively easy.

backpacking
2 months ago

8/01 - 8/03: Went in to Aneroid Lake via the east fork then over Polaris Pass and up to Glacier Lake finshed through the Basin and down the west fork. Awesome trip!! Stunning scenery, Bugs a non factor, water refreshing, and fish biting!! Trails down from Polaris Pass in pretty rough shape, but worth the extra effort!!

This is a really difficult hike but well worth it. Camped at Alice Lake 2 nights.

Beautiful trial! Go in the early morning so you could enjoy the scenery more before you need to return down to wallowa.

backpacking
2 months ago

7/30 - left trailhead at 8:30am and arrived at 6-mile meadows at 11:30 am, crossed river and had lunch, started up Lakes trail at 1pm and arrived at Horseshoe Lake at 2:30pm, made camp on August Island, swam in lake, weather was stellar, bugs not bad, bean and rice burritos for dinner
7/31 - up at 7am, breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and prosciutto, swam in lake, packed up and onto Mirror Lake at 9am, arrived at Mirror Lake at 11am and made camp on lake with great view of Eagle Cap, hiked to both ends of Mirror Lake in afternoon, briefly saw a group of bighorn sheep in west meadow that were quickly scared off by another hiker's dog
8/1 - headed for Eagle Cap at 7:15am and made summit by 8:45am, trail was very good and clear of snow, unfortunately a haze of smoke was in the area, diminishing the incredible views, on return made scramble to small peak on other side of Horton Pass and had lunch, unable to traverse ridge further to Minam Lake trail, but had nice views of Minam and Blue lakes
8/2 - late breakfast and broke camp, backpacked to Glacier Pass around 11am, absolutely beautiful at Glacier Lake, arrived around 1pm, jumped in icy cold lake and had lunch, considered staying, but headed for Frazier Lake around 2:30pm, gorgeous views on downhill traverse to Frazier along creek coming out of Glacier Lake, arrived at Frazier around 3:30pm, an underwhelming lake in comparison to Glacier, decided to keep hiking for 6-mile Meadows, crossed back over river about 4:30pm, arrived in meadows around 6:30pm
8/3 - broke camp and hit trail at around 9am for easy 6-mile descent to trailhead, arrived just after noon, great trip and beautiful area, would highly recommend and plan to go back

backpacking
2 months ago

July - Mid Summer

The hike to mirror lake, as well as the summit, offers some of the best alpine views I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

There are a lot of people on this trail though. The parking area was so packed we had to park on the road. Finding a campsite wasn’t too difficult (and we found a decent site), but we had quite a few neighbors. We also passed several people, dogs and horses on the trail.

Didn’t really see in wildlife.

The trail itself isn’t too difficult. It is very well maintained, and very easy to find your way to the basin. The beginning section is probably the most difficult, as you do most of your accent there until you reach the upper valley. Going to the summit makes for a great day hike, but you gain about 2000 feet in less than 3 miles.

There is a toilet at the parking area. Parking costs $5 per day, and a wilderness permit is required (free at trailhead). Also make sure you read the regulations as campfires are prohibited within 1/4 of a mile from many of the lakes in the basin.

Overall a beautiful trip, If a little overcrowded. Would recommend doing in the off season to avoid the crowd.

Amazing trail. I started out early around 8:30 so there was no wait for a boat and it was quite chilly to start (around 50 degrees). Love the boat ride to and from. Very moderate trail with a steady set of switchbacks that lead to the lake. I wasn’t paying attention and walked past it so keep a lookout to the left after the trail levels out again. The lake is turquoise blue and refreshing for a swim. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

absolutely beautiful, one of my favs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views, varied terrain. There was still some snow on the trail but it was passable with a little side stepping.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike but tough! Did 5 miles out and back to the first stream crossing. Very petty and a tough 1500’ of gain and then loss!

Just completed this trip. Did it over the course of two nights but could be done as an overnight if you’re feeling up to it. Camped at Alice lake (best camp spots are towards the end of the lake. If you cross the creek flowing from Twin Lakes there is a nice secluded spot atop a small cliff. Bring your hammock!) Snowyside Pass was clear of snow and the trail was in great condition. Ran into some snow going over the pass to Edith lake but was easily crossed with trekking poles. There is no camping near the shore of Edith for restoration purposes. Please respect this! Camp in the designated camp area just up the trail from the lake. Water is amazing! Make sure to go for a swim.

I would recommend doing the hike clockwise due to the trail from Edith lake back to the car park having stretches where it is dry, heat exposed, and a touch less pretty. Best to be cruising down hill through this section. An absolutely beautiful hike and will 10/10 do it again. *Be prepared for 183,824,198 mosquitoes* Also, thanks to the trail crews for maintaining such an awesome trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike with lots to see!

hiking
3 months ago

Well worth the hike! The lake is stunning.

Alice lake is one of my favorite lakes in the Sawtooths

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