Best trails in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

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Looking for a great trail in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 96 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 49 moderate trails in Sawtooth National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 115.8 miles and from 3,966 to 10,846 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Sawtooth Lake via Iron Creek Stanley Lake Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
Hikers call this the quintessential Sawtooth wilderness hike. This route shows the magnificent alpine peak beauty that the Sawtooth Mountains have to offer. Stunning views of the alpine lake can be seen on all sides of the lake. Very popular amongst day hikers, this route may also be done as a backpacking trip. After the small river crossing, hikers will experience rocky steep sections with some exposed elevation gain. While the hike is accessible year-round, during the winter months the trail will likely be covered in snow which requires more gear and skill. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth Show more
#2 - Bench Lakes Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
Dogs on leashes required July 1- Labor Day. The rest of the year off leash dogs are permitted.Show more
#3 - Fishhook Creek Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#4 - Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 21.3 mi • Est. 11 h 24 m
#5 - Proctor Mountain Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
#6 - Norton Lakes
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
#7 - Pioneer Cabin Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
Pioneer Cabin Trail #122: A popular day hike to a cool cabin and spectacular views of the Pioneer Mountains. The trail to the Pioneer Cabin is one of the area’s most popular hikes. It climbs through more than 23 switchbacks up a forested ridge and across a flower-decorated plateau to some of the best vistas in the valley. The cabin, situated at the brink of a steep drop into the North Fork of Hyndman basin, was modeled after alpine huts in Europe. It was built by the Sun Valley Company in 1938 to make skiing in the Pioneer Mountains more accessible for the Alpine Touring branch of the Ski School. Several of the dramatic peaks viewed from the cabin were named by the members of the Alpine Touring program for colleagues who were killed while serving in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.Show more
#8 - Fourth of July Lake Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
A nice hike with a gradual incline through rich forests and lush meadows to a beautiful lake nestled in a meadow at the base of towering mountains. An excellent day hike for most everyone and an excellent overnight hike for youth. Sharp eyes may see many types of wildlife, including deer, elk and sheep.Show more
#9 - Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 50 m
#10 - Chocolate Gulch Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
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