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HikingRocky

Amazing view lily pond and the falls were amazing. When you get to the pond there’s a secret water fall spot too if you go right along pond instead of going left. Then you take your first right and then there’s a clump of waterfalls and a swimming hole. Be warned water is freezing cold.

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Jake Reichardt reviewed Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Peak
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

5 stars for the hike to Sawtooth Lake, 1 star for the scramble to Alpine Peak. It's not just "off-trail," it's a rock slide waiting to happen. With each step we felt we were damaging the slope as we dislodged multiple rocks. We followed the suggested route up but could not find a way across the ridge to the endpoint. Suggest if you attempt this, veer more to the left to hit the peak directly. Do not attempt if you have fear of heights, falling, rock slides, etc.

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Hiking

Moderate until the chase for the peak! Beautiful views on top. Sawtooth is wonderful.

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Audrey Rodriguez reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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BackpackingFeeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Great trail! First 2mi are cake. But the last 1.5-2mi are a serious climb! If you have a gps be sure to utilize that. We staying a couple nights which I wouldn’t do again since it’s a busy day hike and popular backpacking spot. I prefer solitude. Elephants perch is stunning at sunset!

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Brian Thielges reviewed Iron Creek Campground to Grandjean
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First to Review

I am a 65 year old man with a 57 year old wife. It took us 3.5 hours to reach Sawtooth lake and 2.5 hours to come down back to iron creek trailhead. 10 mile hike round trip. First 1.5 hours is easy stroll then next 2 hours switchbacks and steep trails. great view of alpine lake from above when on the sawtooth lake trail.

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andrea dyson reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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Off trailScramble

OK several FYI's for first timers. 1.) there is no direct vehicle access to redfish lake inlet. I did not know this lol. you either hike from redfish lake trailhead to the inlet campground (extra 6mile hike) or take a boat in from Redfish lake outlet campground which was about $20 there and back for 1 person. 2.) GO WITH A FRIEND. If you've read other hikers comments, super likely you will get lost since there's like 20 different paths that could be to saddleback lake. The Gia app GPS saved our butts on this one!! It was so helpful although still got lost off trail for about 2 hours. Despite what the trail guide said, KEEP RIGHT. And refer back to your GPS. 3. Last 1.5 miles up is definately a steep scramble. Super fun though, don't give up. 4. We went Sep. 19 and surprisingly the smoke had totally cleared. Overall, make sure you have good gripping hiking shoes, if you can't find the right path just keep right and keep trying. Saddleback lake is breath taking.

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Melanie Hoang reviewed Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Peak
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Hiking

I hiked this on a Wednesday at 7:30am and I only saw one backpacker hiking out as i hiked to the lake. It wasn't as crowded as others said, i saw maybe a total of 15 people. This is really for just sawtooth lake and not alpine peak. I didnt feel comfort hiking up the mountain when there wasn't a clear trail and I was worried about coming down. Instead, I walked to the far end of the lake and stayed there for a while. I soaked my feet and the water was colddddd. I clocked in 12.5 miles probably because I went to the far end the sawtooth lake and took a detour to alpine lake as well. The smoke from wildfires didn't obstruct my views and it may be because I started early. this is easily one of my favorite hikes.

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HikingBridge out

Fun boat ride, easy trail, lovely views. Signs say bridge it out, but there is a nice tree that is easy to walk across.

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Taylor Morris reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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HikingBridge out

This is my favorite hike in the sawtooth so far! I saw a bear, 3 deer and the view of elephants perch is magnificent and that is not to mention the granite walks and pristine lakes.

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Alex Bennett reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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BackpackingRockyScramble

The trail was fine for the first few miles and then you cross the river. There is an old trail and a new trail. Some maps take you on the old trail. The old trail sucks and is extremely steep. We found the new trail on the way down and it was much easier. It was beautiful once at the lake. A fair amount of people at the lake. The fishing was pretty good and was best in the evening.

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Drew Tingey reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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Pretty straight forward for the first couple miles then it gets weird once you have to cross the river. If it wasn't for this app we would have gotten way lost but we only got a little lost. Makes for some good adventure. The trail as a whole and the lakes at the end are absolutely unreal plus the nice cliff jump at the second lake makes this is a true paradise. And, literally didn't see a single mosquito which blew my mind! Unfortunately didn't see any bears, moose, or siberian tigers.

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Susan Harvey reviewed Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Peak
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Hiking

Beautiful. Hike is rated hard but would more accurately rate as moderate. First two miles relatively flat walk through the woods, next three miles switchback up mountain and the views are stellar. Winds were strong at the lake. Was glad to have a warm jacket to start and finish the hike. Found parking for a small 24’ RV at trailhead at 7am but parking lot filled up fast. 3 mile bumpy, wash board dirt road drive into trailhead parking spot.

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Luisa Harkey reviewed Redfish Lake Loop
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

It's a beautiful area. The lake is amazing, plan in extra time to dip in. The hike is hard, don't be fooled by the first 9 miles, the real fun started on the rebound. The trail is not marked and Idaho relies on your built in navigation to figure out where to go(as there is mostly no cell service). 13miles? My phone clocked in 18.9 miles. I met 6 people in 8 hours. Definitely a classic type 2 fun, trail.

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Juergen Sattler reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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Eugene Aufdembrink reviewed Redfish Lake to Pettit Lake
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BackpackingGreat!

The day from Edna to Alice was challenging for a 74 year old flat lander from Houston. Great hike in spite of lots of smoke from west fires.

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Devin Kohles reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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Hiking

Sydney fell

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Kipp Efinger reviewed Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
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HikingBlowdownScramble

Beautiful hike and final destination. It would be 5 stars for my, but I'm only giving it 3 because the trail is extremely difficult to find at multiple points, probably thanks in part to an earthquake that felled trees all over the trail. You definitely want a GPS for this trail and even then you may get lost. We met another couple of locals when we started who said they got lost on this trail last year. They tried to advise us but we still got lost for about an hour hacking through brush and crawling over logs. The first confusing part is when you divert off trail 101 and look for the stream crossing. Just follow your GPS and trust that it is right. There are logs on the trail, so the trail doesn't look right. Just trust its there, and you'll see where people have walked. The river crossing is easy and you can do it at multiple points by hopping over rocks or walking along a fallen set of logs. About 5-10 minutes later you'll see a rock wall on your left. At one point there is a trail about 4 yards long that leads up to the wall. It looks like nothing but maybe a place for climbers to belay, but that is indeed the way up onto the rock. It really isn't obvious at all and by missing this we got totally lost. Scramble up the wall. This is easy enough, but definitely not for someone who isn't well coordinated. Once you get up on the rocks, you have for about 5 minutes until you hit a spot with nothing but solid granite. Get up on the granite and look for the dirty signs of boots on granite. You hike over the granite for about 2 minutes until you find the trail again. Once on that trail there are few tricky spots but as long as you stay on well worn paths you'll find your way up to the lakes. There are no signs or markers, so you really do benefit from a GPS.

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