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This is more of a drive, as it was on a dirt road and would actually be best for a 4 wheeler or something. Beautiful views but not for hiking. There were also no sign posts marking any trail heads or anything just an area information sign.

I did a trail run and went to the lake from Granjean trailhead and just came back the same way. I'm sure a loop would have been better (didn't plan ahead). It was scenic and good weather--late August--but a little smoky. There was a fire up there today too.

I did this in one day and really better to do as a backpack. It kicked my butt. I thought the views amazing and coming in from Baron made it easier. Some of the trails are really overgrown or trees in the way.

crews are working on the trails at this time...the loop was fun and the lakes are beautiful

Started at Redfish heading counterclockwise, I'd recommend if you're trying to knock out some miles. The trail was rather boring for a while though. From a views standpoint grandjean on was great. If I did again I'd try to nix the leg from red fish to Stanley to grandjean it just felt like miles.

hiking
4 months ago

I started clock-wise out of Grandjean, wanting to do the northern-most loop. The hike was fantastic! Very scenic and lots of solitude. The three creek crossings were impossible to do without getting wet. There are logs, but they were partially submerged (and very slippery). I just put on my water shoes and braved the numbingly cold water! At about 4 miles, right after the sign to Trail Creek Lakes/Stanley Lake, I completely lost the trail due to downed trees. I spent about 1.5 hours trying to pick the trail back up, then just going cross country. I never did locate the trail, and when a thunderstorm rolled in, with hail, while I was on top of a rocky ridge, I hot-footed it back down. I returned to Grandjean campground and later that evening, did 5 miles going the opposite direction on the loop, along Baron Creek. Beautiful views and pretty level. I'll be back!

I hike this trail around Cambridge. There is access to water in a few places. No to little shade. The portion I’ve hiked is flat and easy to walk. It would be a nice beginner snowshoe trail too.

off road driving
10 months ago

We enjoy jeepn in this area. Great views and fun in the snow.

camping
10 months ago

Did portions of the loop starting at Grandjean and went clockwise heading toward Stanley Lake then to Redfish Lake and cut over the pass to the Baron Lakes and Alpine Lake. Overall did about 32 miles in three days. Lots of tree fall along the trail especially at the pass at Baron Lake to get back to Grandjean TH, also lots of snowfields, and rock slide that obscured the trail coming down off the pass at Upper Baron Lake. But the views were stunning and awe inspiring. Definitely a hike to do if you have 3-5 days. Plenty of cold clear water everywhere along the trails we took, so bring those Aquatabs and Sawyer straws, no need to buy it in Stanley.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

This trail includes some sections in need of some serious work. There were sections with fallen logs across the trails making it very difficult to find the trail. There is also a very large section that has been burned so there is no shade and it's difficult to find camping areas that are safe. Other sections are very beautiful!

Great hike to enjoy solitude. Trail can be easy to lose in the snow - be sure to bring your map. GPS was also extremely helpful!

scenic driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

A beautiful Sunday drive, twisting and turning through the Boise National Forest from Boise to Lowman. The highway offers many side roads which lead to various camp or hunting grounds.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Beautiful drive along Hwy 21. Idaho City and the surrounding area are great areas to recreate and explore, and the drive ends in beautiful Stanley, ID. This is some of the best Idaho has to offer, and it's right in Boise's backyard.

on Grand Sawtooths Loop

hiking
Friday, November 23, 2012

I completed 40 out of the 63 mile loop. This was an epic hike. The only crowds were around Sawtooth Lake; otherwise I was by myself the entire time. August is a great month to hike this trail. Warm weather overall, with some afternoon rain, thunder and lightning storms. The trails are well-marked. The topography was absolutely beautiful with high jagged peaks, tall trees, clear lakes, and rushing rivers. Plenty of water was available on the trail. I will definitely be back! I fell in love with Idaho because of the Sawtooth Mountains!

Great book for reference: Backpacking Idaho by Douglas Lorain

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gbraach and I visited and explored the area. The east side of Jump Creek was burned by a range fire this spring/summer. All the "Cheat Grass" is gone, at least until next spring.

We explored the Poison Creek Waterfall area also. I added three POIs and photos and video to this Guide.

Be careful hiking around riparian areas here as Poison Ivy is thick.

off road driving
4 months ago

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Thursday, June 30, 2016

hiking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

camping
Monday, October 06, 2014