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Such an awesome hike. Did it in two days one night, but spreading it out over another night would have been nice. Started in a Thursday morning and was back Friday evening. Saw other people out but we’re alone on the peak for most of the time we were up there. Starts out forested then opens into valleys with awesome views of the surrounding mountains, then over the pass and up to an epic peak.

I did this trail at the end of december and it was pretty snow but the trail was very packed down. It is very scenic and provides you with great views of Baldy Mountain and the other mountains in the Sawtooth Range. If you’re not used to the altitude, don’t underestimate it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing area, good first backpacking trip hike/ location!

Nice trip! Really nice trip! Hiked counter clockwise to toxaway lake the first day. The second day we took a day trip up sand mountain pass, over to Imogene and Edith lakes. Got back to camp faster than expected so fished on toxaway all afternoon and spent our second night there. Day 3 headed to Alice lake and wow! There are two sites that are towards the end of the lake and they are worth getting there early! Amazing! Swam for a while then fished all evening. We all caught nice size Brooke’s. Day 4 out was a bit longer than expected but a nice finish to the trip

Went in late August and weather was pretty chilly, mid 30s at night

Gorgeous views, lakes, waterfalls, everything a great backpacking trip consists of! Wow!!! Breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

I made several trips up this trail in September, looking for evidence of the world's first chairlift. I've uploaded photos of what I found. About a mile up the south branch of the trail, the concrete base of the lift can be seen in an open field. The mechanism for this tow is very similar to the preserved Ruud Mountain chairlift. The tower carrying the drive and cable bull wheel rolled in a track, tensioned by a counterweight in a stationary tower behind the rolling tower. The track is what is seen in the first photo. Behind the track there are pieces of the cable that attached to the counterweight, and the bolt-down footings for the stationary tower. What appears to be the old counterweight - a pyramidal piece of black rock - sits next to the trail nearby.

If one stands in the center of the track and uses it as a sight line, you can see where the tow went. This is the view in the second photo. In the foreground there is now a forest, which in 1936 had been blazed through for the low-riding chairs to pass headed up the mountain (third B&W photo). Cut-off remains of the old creosoted tow support posts can be seen in the woods. In the background a rocky knob can be seen up on Proctor Mountain. The tow terminated on a open snowfield in front of the knob.

After WWII, the UP removed the underutilized tow and relocated it to the rapidly expanding Baldy ski runs. It's a shame. Proctor Mountain was not just a downhill run. It was also a starting point for 3-5 mile alpine ski touring trips, down to Trail Creek or over to Elkhorn. That is probably more what Schaffgotsch and Proctor had in mind when they designed this now-abandoned ski area.

Wow! First weekend in November and a perfect day to Hike. Last Mile had about 5 or 6 big switchbacks and took a little longer getting up that part, but so worth the view.

By far one of my favorite trails in the area.

Beautiful hike. I took the right turn to go counterclockwise, and it seem to go up for a long long time. The views from the top were nice

This is one of my all time favorites! Definitely a two-nighter to enjoy it! Very busy on the weekends! Start the summit very early, thunder and lightning storms come from out of nowhere in the afternoon!

It is not lightly trafficked July, August

3 months ago

Amazing views. Friendly people on the trail.

Very little snow at the top, amazing lakes. This is one of my fav hikes I've ever done. Would make sure you bring waterproof hiking boots though since the trail was a little muddy and wet

Beautiful trail but my god, do they pay dogs to crap on it? DONT HAVE A DOG IF YOU DONT CLEAN UP AFTER IT!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

This is one of my all time favorite hikes in Stanley! I highly recommend heading down to Alpine Lake on the way to Sawtooth. It's a must see! The hike had great views after the 2nd mile or so and they just kept getting better. If you go in July make sure to bring mosquito spray! They definately do get pretty gnarly especially around the water or in the evenings. Other than the kamikaze mosquitos, he hike is beautiful. Highly reccomend!

Great hike. Tough hike. Several steep and technical sections but overall challenging enough and very rewarding. The false summit will have you fooled but if you keep pushing, you'll make it to the top and love the views. From the the false summit to the top, the trail is a little tricky to follow. Be careful! Took me just over 3 hours roundtrip with no breaks until the top and some trail running on the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

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

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike!! Planned on doing the loop in one day. Recorded - 19.2 Miles in 8.5 hours. Going sack to overnight it.

hiking
4 months ago

Husband and I lost the trail for a bit and added an extra half mile because we needed up on a 50 in/XC ski trail but it was still a great hike. Saw several ruffed grouse and meet some people on the trail who’d seen moose.

trail running
4 months ago

Epic run with amazing views on a well maintained trail!
As good as it gets!

Hiked with scout troop over a course of 3 days. Don’t go down the side of the main peak the back way, go down the way you came up... we learned that the hard way.

A great summit. Don’t despair when you hit a false summit - the real one is close. We took the shortcut. From the pass, follow the cairns to hikers right. Lots of rock hopping. Trekking poles are nice to have. 40Mph? winds made standing on the summit block a bit challenging.

Awesome Great Beautiful easy to moderate. Can’t ask for a better day hike

Loved this trail! I added an excursion to Lake Imogene for a night. Also camped at Twin Lakes on a point that juts out into the water. Had the lake to myself. Woke up to a beautiful snowfall.

beautiful place to go I have done it in one day don't recommended if your not fit for it. it's better in 2 days so you can enjoy it better

hiking
4 months ago

This was our first hike in Idaho. While the trail can be done in a few hours, we opted to spend the entire day and took it slow. Definitely take the detour to Alpine Lake. Honestly, Sawtooth is bigger but Alpine was our solid favorite. We spent a good chunk of time here just enjoying the silence other than the sound of the water lapping the edge. We continued on up the switchbacks and reached another little lake (which we nicknamed decoy lake) and almost turned around due to a snow squall that moved in. But so glad we pushed on another few yards. Sawtooth Lake was gorgeous. We took the extra time to walk to the far side of the lake and followed the trail on through a boulder field for a spectacular view of some mountain lakes in the distance. We stopped a few times for snacks, lunch, and just to experience the peace of the wilderness. We made our way back to Iron Creek trailhead for a total of 13+ miles and 8 hours exactly. As I said, it can be done in way less time, but we took deliberate time.

Not for the faint of heart but once you come down from the summit and look back it is exhilarating and satisfying to know that you made it! We had to keep encouraging each other to get through the sketchy parts but finally made it and had the summit all to ourselves for lunch. Stay on the ridge near the top as described earlier. Took us 6.5 hours total. 4.5 hours up and 2 hours down (with some running). Highly recommended!

Pretty hike with good views pretty much the whole time! No bugs. Easy to get to.

What a great adventure. Encountered plenty of wild life, the beauty of the mountains, and a killer hike. As usual the weather in the Uintas was unpredictable. The window of 3pm thunder showers quickly turned into noon thunder showers. We hunkered down for about 20 minutes until storm passed over. This ended up working to our advantage because it allowed us to enjoy the Peak to ourselves for awhile. So glad to finally have this one under my belt.

This trail was beautiful! I took the advice of others and took the loop counter clockwise. It worked out perfectly, as it was 85* at 5:30pm when I started. By the time I got to the second half of the trail with no shade, it had cooled down quite a bit.

The sunset views are incredible. It was difficult not to stop every 5 minutes and take a photo!

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