Looking for a great trail in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 61 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 33 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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on Bench Lakes Trail

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

backpacking
bugs
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Did a 2 day hike through the Toxaway Loop with a group of friends. We knew we’d be arriving late Friday night and that obtaining a spot at Pettit Lake just to get some sleep would be near impossible so we decided to try our luck at Yellow Belly Lake since the road to access it is so precarious (limiting the type of vehicles that can access it). We parked at the trailhead and most of the nicer spots on the water were already taken. We hiked east along the trail/lake and eventually came to a couple of campsites well away from everyone else with nice views. The other sites were right on top of each other and here, we had privacy and peace. We started the Tin Cup Trailhead around 1030 a.m.; parking was nearly impossible at this time because the lot was almost full. The (typical) park bathroom didn’t have toilet paper so be prepared for this. There’s such a large visiting, it doesn’t surprise me. We made the trek to Alice Lake (breathtaking) and stopped there for lunch. It was packed by 2:00 p.m. so if you want a good campsite, make sure you get there early enough. It is pretty busy so I imagine it’s probably not quite as peaceful as other places. From there we hiked to Twin Lakes and camped there in hopes it would be less populated. While it was, most of the great spots were taken. (Note the trend, leave early!) The hike out of Twin Lakes to Toxaway Lake is beautiful! When reaching the pass there was a little snow to climb over and the hiking poles were super helpful. Someone already mentioned the numerous water crossings... those poles are awesome - especially when you have a heavy pack on that makes balancing difficult. Others have mentioned an avalanche and while yes, there appears to have been one, it didn’t affect the trail much or someone’s gone through and cleared most of it. There are a handful of trees you can easily step over or go around to get right back on the trail. The trek from Twin Lakes to Pettit Lake is mostly downhill so make sure you’ve got good shoes/socks on in an attempt to avoid blisters. The hike was definitely not 17 miles. We clocked about 24 miles on our GPS. Maybe less than a mile of that was diverting from the trail down into Twin Lakes. Mosquitos - We treated our attire with permethrin and wore a mosquito repellant band. Overall, it wasn’t too bad during the hike... however at sunset they’d get pretty terrible. I can’t imagine how miserable it would’ve been without the insect repellent. Highway 21 was closed due to a fire on Sunday July 21 but there is a detour in place. Check with the Sawtooth National Recreation Ranger Station or other resources to verify fire conditions before making the trip. They also aren’t currently allowing campfires. Overall, it was a trail with a variety of amazing scenery and if you have the time and physical fitness for it, you can’t not give it a try.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Well maintained trail with beautiful views! 2nd lake has a better view of the sawtooths! Bring bug spray- the horse flies and mosquitoes are hungry.

The actual mileage is over ten miles from the Iron Creek TH.

hiking
1 day ago

As previously mentioned, this is a busy place. When we got there, there was at least 10 vehicles parked there. Surprisingly, we didn't run into that many people. We hiked to all four lakes and my GPS said it was just over a six mile loop!

My first solo backpacking trip. I actually camped at the small lake just before Sawtooth and hiked to Sawtooth the next day as well as all the small lakes after. Incredibly beautiful area! Just enough snow left to decorate the area. It was a very hard hike on the first day. Hadn't done anything like it in 4 years. Lots of day hikers! The area around me filled up Saturday night. No mosquitoes! Nice breeze helped in sure. Will be back for sure. Highly recommend.

hiking
2 days ago

The lake was absolutely gorgeous!! The trail was tricky in spots. Lots of fallen trees etc. but worth it.

Great hike. Traverse some smaller creeks. Head left at the fork before heading to Fourth of July Lake/Washington Lake and hike up a mile of moderately steep trail to Ann’s Basin. Well worth the detour for the view.

2 days ago

It's a very short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Great spot to get out and stretch.

I am new to All Trails, so I could agree this is a moderate, well-used trail. The middle part of the hike—along a ridge—was delightful with great views and amazing granite exposure. There were numerous other (courteous) users on a busy weekend, but the beauty of the surroundings outweighed that consideration.

hiking
3 days ago

Wildflowers were incredible on the Imperial trail. Definitely recommend this hike. Did not see the moose that a biker told us about, hope to see one next time-several potential areas for them to roam.

backpacking
bugs
snow
3 days ago

It was an absolutely gorgeous hike! The trail is clearly marked and well maintained. Hiking to Toxaway lake from Alice there was a surprising amount of snow. You can get through. I slid down most of it to the trail which was pretty fun. I backpacked this loop in 2 nights, 3 days. You can do it faster but I enjoyed soaking up the beauty. Cautions: 1- Bring deet bug spray. There are a ton of mosquitos but if you plan for them it’s not a big deal. 2- the chipmunks, especially at Alice lake are very aggressive. Tie up your food & anything with an odor right away to avoid them chewing a hole in your pack or food bags. Seriously. 3- bring poles. There are several water crossings that are so simple if you have poles to help you balance. Do this loop! It is incredible. Cheers!

hiking
3 days ago

Fairly easy hike the first three miles, then the steep inclines open up beautiful views. If you just hike up to the saddle in between Hyndman and Greys peaks, it’s very safe, but if you climb all the way up to Hyndman the rocks slide often under your feet.

River run face to cat track, Olympic lane down

Farley Lake to Pettit — easy hike largely through pine forest. Pettit was a cool refreshing sight.

Alice Lake to Farley Lake - incredible section of the loop. The hike up to the highest point of the pass is just a series of breathtaking views. Hike down from the pass was slowed by snow fields but those were a fun diversion.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike, not much to see until on top, still pretty!

hiking
5 days ago

This was a fun little hike, with a lot of people. It's easy hiking.

Beautiful and mostly flat hike. I did 3.5 miles of the trail starting with 316 and then dropped down on the return. Beautiful flowers and cool scenery. A very popular hike in Sun Valley. Enjoy.

Love this hike !!!!

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail for a small hike. Took my 10 and 7 year old kids and they had a blast. First hike for them and they fell in love with hiking. Easy and nothing steep to get them started.

nice easy stroll!! definitely agree with previous comment that said the only reason this trail is rated moderate is because of length. the trailhead is in a neighborhood with limited parking though so just be cautious of that!

hiking
blowdown
off trail
7 days ago

Avalanche or rock slide caused trees to be down after Farley lake. No trail just climbing over downed trees. Other then that very pretty hike.

backpacking
blowdown
snow
8 days ago

Wow, what an amazing experience backpacking the toxaway loop. Hiking over the summit was easy to navigate through the remaining snow glaciers. Toxaway lake is probably the most beautiful lake along the loop. The fishing was nonexistent...the lakes may be fished out as there were so many people camping along Alice and Farley Lake it was almost difficult to find space to camp without encroaching on another campers space. The view from the other side of the summit overlooking twin lakes was absolutely spectacular.

Very nice trail and well maintained. The trail starts by following the creek which is crystal clear and beautiful. You are rewarded at the end with some spectacular views of the Sawtooths. Great trail for kids and families.

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