Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

backpacking
2 days ago

Amazing hike! The boulder chain lakes are amazing and well worth the trip. Devils staircase is a little treacherous and I wouldn’t recommend it to people new to backpacking. Bring your camera and be prepared to take lots of photos.

Hiked this morning, July 15, moderate difficulty. Good shade throughout. May want to wear a pair of light pants and a good portion of the trail has thistle growing at the edge of a narrow path: I had shorts on and was poked a bit but not horribly. Few spots on the end where the steep decent along with fine gravel makes things a bit greasy. Good overall experience

Beautiful hike up, crosses streams and creeks the whole way. Pretty easy hike with a good deal of shade. The view up at the lake is very pretty. Bring bug spray!

Great Lake with beautiful views, brought my swim trunks and towel, jumped in the lake and laid out in the sun. What a perfect reward to an awesome hike. I’d say this is an easy hike. Streams and shade through most of the trail giving you plenty to look at along your hike. One of the other reviews said it looked like a “pond”. There is a summit between Fourth of July Lake and Washington Lake, with a small pond. Don’t stop there, you’ll need to keep following trail and hike down to Washington lake. Super easy and not very far. Great hike! Highly recommend.

Short hike to a pristine lake.

backpacking
9 days ago

I did a modified version of this loop. Beware that the trail from Patterson Peak to Quiet Lake doesn’t exist - or at least I couldn’t find it. I went from quiet lake over the ridge to four lakes basin. Once again a very steep descent with no clear trail. Mosquitoes at all lakes are very intense and even with bug spray can get very tiresome. I would rate this trail as difficult (at least the first half).

hiking
9 days ago

Very busy trail. Hiked up to lower lake in the afternoon. Steady climb all the wa with nice views of surrounding peaks. Had expected to see more wildflowers as we had at Baker Lake that morning. Reached lake at 4pm and there was no one else there. Nice views across the lake and plenty of trout in the lake.

hiking
9 days 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.

Easy trail Beautiful scenery

backpacking
12 days ago

Stellar views, and not too crowded, even over the 4th. The pass is still snow packed and there’s a narrow cornice to squeeze through, but there are footprints to follow over the snow packed areas where the trail disappears. Be warned, the mosquitoes are appalling, and are biting through bug repellant. They were so bad I turned my 2 nighter into an overnight and knocked out the remainder of the loop in a day.

Alice lake is one of my favorite lakes in the Sawtooths

This trail blew me away. Prepare to get your feet wet doing a half dozen or so stream crossings and significant hiking over snowpack. Doable in one day if you start very early and travel light. Plentiful sources of water along the way.

hiking
13 days ago

Possibly my favorite hike I’ve ever done. Saw plenty of birds, deer and quarrels on the hike up. The view from the lake is well worth the 8 mile round trip hike! At no point would I consider this a difficult hike, moderate at best.

Well maintained and the view is incredible!!!

Great time to do before it gets crowded! We came out yesterday. Spent two nights and was surprised how good of a push the hiking was each day so don’t let the lack of major elevation fool you. We also clocked closer to 22 miles. Clockwise was the way to go with Alice first. Bit of snow coming over the summit totally passable but looked miserable for those coming up via Toxaway. Weather was amazing! Not too cold. Go soon before it gets busy!!

hiking
21 days ago

We hiked to top Bench Lake 2 days ago. We were greeted with the top lake still partially frozen. The views down to Redfish lake were stunning as was Mt Henley. We camped in the cirque withy no other hikers.
The trail after Third lake was easy to lose but well with the effort for these two Aussies who are in their 60’s

Very nice loop. We went by way of Alice Lake around to Toxaway. Lots of good scenery and alpine views. Still a good bit of snow going over the pass. We had to make our way without a trail for a good bit but found our way through. There was a cornice at the top of the pass so had to do some light scrambling over a rocky area to get past it. Think the milage is closer to 20 miles. Water is plentiful. Great trip.

hiking
24 days 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.

Great hike. scenic and shady. We went the 21 of June and there were a few places we hiked through the snow. Spent the night at the lake and was a little cold.

Great hike with amazing views. We took our time and plenty of photos which averaged us out around 46 minutes/mile. (2 short days and 2 full days)

We enjoyed the trip best coming in from Pettit Lake to Toxaway first, going over the pass, then down by Alice Lake back to Pettit. Last year we started the other directions and we just preferred the other way personally.

Views are amazing. The pass was a challenge and a little sketchy if you aren’t used to snow/heights, but that was a first for me and it was accomplished, so doable. (June 22nd, 2018)

Amazing climb. The hike to the first lake was easy. The last climb to it is real steep. The climb to the upper lake is nice. The climb from the lake to Hyndman and Old Hyndman saddle is steep and rocky. Mid June and the snow fields were soggy and knee deep. The climb to the peak from the saddle took 1hour 45 minutes. The view is worth the work! The hike down you will remind you of the steepness.

Beautiful gradual climb. Intensity grows towards the end of the trail. Great sunrise hike

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

Hike was pretty easy. Not too far but it was mostly uphill all the way to the lake. There is a upper and a lower lake on this trail for anyone who didn’t know, so don’t forget to make it up to the upper. There was a lot of people on the trail, that’s my only complaint, but I’d recommend

did the full loop june 15th and 16th.amazing scenery! very alpine lots of snow over the pass hard to find trail but doable for 3 miles between twin lakes and toxaway...worth it! creeks running high overall adventure and plenty of views and water.....Bring fishing pole!

Great hike! Still lots of snow on the trail, knee deep in places, but was able to pack in and camp overnight at the lake.

love this trail didn't make the full loop because I didn't know when it ended. Has alot of shaded areas, listened to river just beautiful

The trail was beautiful. The views awe inspiring.
Only drawback is the downed trees over the trail. You had to walk around or over them.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike because everything else was covered in snow. I have seen some great pictures of the area but after 4 mile of hiking with our kids I was disappointed in what we came across. Not a lot of people which was nice. However, other hikes in the area are just so awesome its hard to mark this as anything more than a 2.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! There are five lakes but the tail only goes to the first two. You have to bush wack your way to the others. There was an odd combination of mosquitoes and snow up there when we went. Popular family hike so go early to avoid them.

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