Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Sawtooth 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.

relaxing, with beautiful wildflowers. Crystal clear water.

This was a wonderful hike and a beautiful lake. I think the other reviewers who wrote about the uphill climbs went in from the Tin Cup trailhead by the campground of Pettit.

If you use the trailhead from this app is is a very easy hike that matches the elevation gain of the post. I wouldn't classify this exact hike as a loop because the other side of it is a road. I also wouldn't classify this side of it as Moderate. It is very easy and would be great for children or beginners.

If you access Yellow Belly from the Tin Cup trailhead it has much more of a climb (900 ish feet elevation gain) and would be more like a moderate-ish hike.

moderate hike, short but with elevation change. great camping

hiking
1 month ago

This is not an easy trail. To get to the lake there is a hard climb almost straight up.

Short hike to a pristine lake.

hiking
1 month ago

A really nice easy hike through swathes of wildflowers. The lake was relatively quiet as we hiked early but there were several families and groups hiking in ad we made the return...guessing it would have been quite noisy later! Definitely worth the effort to drive up to Baker Lake though just for the wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

There are a few downed trees you'll have to walk over or scoot under but the trail is in good shape. It's a little mucky down at the end making it hard to get to the shore there but lots of opportunities along the way. I had this trail to myself at 6pm on a Sunday. Took the out and back rather than looping back on the road to stay close to the lake. Registered just over 4 miles. For photography best light would be in the morning.

hiking
2 months ago

we hike this trail every year when on vacation at alturus lake. lots of switchbacks and a beautiful rest about 2.5 miles in. a nice little sandy area on the creek. have seen lots of wildlife and some amazing views!

It was busier than I expected but it is also directly off the road. You can make your own pools that mix hot spring water and river water. The river is very scenic especially if you build your pool further away from the bridge.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Didn't know what to expect when we pulled up. This was our 1st time here and we absolutely loved it!!! Great trails for all levels

hiking
10 months ago

Short and sweet hike up to a small lake. All the flowers were dead, but the views of the snow covered mountains made up for it. Some small patches of ice and snow but nothing crazy. The burnt trees are pretty cool. Easy hike overall.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike for all ages. Lots to look at, from flowers to creeks, to the final destination of the beautiful lake. Lots of people on the trail.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

nice hike. lots of horses so watch out for poo.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Quiet and serene trail. However, not well maintained with a number of fallen trees and the trail kind of disappears as you approach the river crossing which seems to have moved from the one in the map. We crossed via the large, white fallen tree. At the end you are by a waterfall and a view of a sawtooth formation in the distance. We tried going further up toward the lake, but it became a bit of a scramble.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

No idea where this trail actually was. We ended up on the rip and tear bike trail. Would be great for biking. Not the best for hiking

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Great hike! Visiting from Colorado and was looking for a mellow hike with family and our dogs. The dogs got to cool off at the lake before turning around and heading back down. The wildflowers are amazing and the contrast between the burnt trees from the recent wildfires and the bright colors of the wildflowers are beautiful.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

My map below is to Brodie Gulch Saddle. On the trail to Baker Lake at 1.4 miles (and .3 to lake) turn right on Apollo trail. there is a trail sign here. Then go .8 to the saddle. Beautiful. Then turn around and back to the trail sign. Turn right to lake and left to car. My map shows I did not go to lake as it had started to rain. This hike as of now has the best WILDFLOWERS.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Great hike but couldn't find a trail that went all the way to the shore of yellow belly. Had to go off trail quite a ways to get to the lake.

There was no trail to hike that led to the hot springs. The hot springs is right off the road on the other side of the bridge that crosses the river in Pine.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good hike, pretty easy, not too steep. Very pretty scenery, transitioning from Aspen, to dense pine and then to the top of the hill which is covered in wildflowers (at least in mid June). Great views of the area from up top. Coming down was strange, we ran into a spot where the trail was absolutely riddled with giant fallen trees, not sure if they are thinning forest here but most of them looked to be uprooted and toppled. Could have traversed the maze of horizontal trees but instead found alternative route that connected back to the loop. Overall fun hike!

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

For as far as we went up the trail along the creek it was a fairly easy, gorgeous walk. The real treat is the hot Sulphur water hot tub (with various temperature inlets to adjust the water to your liking) near the trailhead, clothing optional.

fishing
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Pretty lake and the hike is really easy. There was a fire a few years back and it hit this area pretty hard. It was still pretty though because all the burn allowed for new undergrowth and there was a lot of flowers. The lake is awesome as far as scenery. We fly fished and hooked a few but never landed them.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beautiful, peaceful somewhat challenging uphill hike. A little over 5 miles though not 4.2. I thought I was lost briefly when the mileage wasn't matching up. The water temperature was perfect this time of year too.

camping
Saturday, May 21, 2016

This is a wonderful place to hang out and relax. There are lots of campgrounds around. It's especially relaxing at night. Usually pretty calm, but can get very busy. Also it's fun to make up your own pools to get the temperature you really like.

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

An awesome hike for beginners or folks with small children. Our 7 year old has no problem completing this hike, and our 18 month old can even do some of it out of his pack. You can see many birds, and signs of moose and deer. About halfway through, there is a nice fire pit with some benches around it - a great place to stop for a picnic! We have done this hike a few times now, to train for some of the harder hikes in the area. There is a point where you intersect with a dirt road of sorts... stay straight to stay on the trail. If you turn right, it is a shorter, steeper way back down, and you will intersect with this trail again to finish the loop.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Beautiful place to hangout and the drive there was scenic and well worth it.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Awesome hike! Cant wait to do it again!

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

The hike was great...has quite a climb but well worth it!! About 3/4 of the way we came into a short little snow storm. But the end result was amazing! Found a nice campground right off lake and woke up to an amazing sunrise and a layer of fog atop the lake.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hiked this with my two daughters and a friend of there's today 8-27-15. The weather was perfect and the hike itself was pretty easy but it seemed to be longer than 2.2 miles. A lot of burnt trees along the way but the lake was beautiful and we even jumped in before heading back down.

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