Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Boise National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was the perfect hike this past Saturday. The sun was shining, the Sheep were grazing on the hill side. A few rocky areas but it was great! our dogs loved it too... tho I picked 1 tick off of my Dane later that evening.

This trail kicked my ass last summer. It didn't help that my buddy and I started hiking at 4:30pm, assuming the 95 degree temperature would drop. It didn't. It took us six hours to complete the loop, but I'm very slow up the steep sections. Still, a very scenic foothills trail and a great workout.

camping
4 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.

Great hike with good trails and markers. There's about 9 lakes in the area so it's fun to go see them all!

11 months ago

Amazing hidden lakes just above, although the various trail heads were grown over. Beautiful! Since the hike was easy, and pretty short, we decided to go further and hike Shell Rock Peak as well.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Did some hiking and fishing with the family. The fishing was amazing we caught and released. I took my five-year-old nephew's and they did just great we all had an amazing time I definitely recommend this place

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.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wonderful hike. Steep hike in but worth the view! The wild flowers were breathtaking and the lakes are crystal clear.

hiking
Friday, September 27, 2013

great fishing! saw a moose!!

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

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2011

Great for a day or longer to spend visiting several lakes. The drive in can be a bit rough, not to bad if you go from Pine, but expect to spend almost 20 miles on dirt roads. The start of the trail has a small parking lot so get there early on a weekend and expect to start up hill from the beginning. Once you reach the high point its fairly easy going down into the valley, but coming back out means going back up again.

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

walking
Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016