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Best trails in Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, lake 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 8 hard trails in Sawtooth National Recreation Area ranging from 4.8 to 43.1 miles and from 6,555 to 11,141 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Redfish Lake to Alpine Lake
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 18.6 mi • Est. 8 h 29 m
Please note that a ferry is required to reach this trailhead for $14. Google directions will take you to Redfish Lake Lodge and from there you can take the ferry. The entire hike (without the ferry ride that you see on this map) is about 12 miles round trip. Show more
#2 - Redfish Lake to Saddleback Lake
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
When crossing the creek, make sure to look for the logs (shown in photos). Make sure to follow the map to see where to exit the trail. Show more
#3 - Lily Pond and Redfish Lake Creek Falls
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 44 m
This short trail begins at the Redfish Inlet Campground, accessed by the trails 101 and 045, or by boat shuttle from Redfish Lake Lodge, which is just south of Stanley, ID on Highway 75 and Forest Service Roads 214/213. The round trip boat shuttle costs $17 per person and leaves on demand with at least two passengers. It climbs up to Lily Lake and then to Redfish Lake Creek Falls. It has a short but impressive waterfall, especially when visited in early summer. June gives the best water levels. The Redfish Lake Lodge/Marina serves as a full service lodge. Information below: https://redfishlake.com/ For park information, please see the "Contact" tab. Show more
#4 - Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Peak
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
Note: Portions of this trail are of moderate difficulty however the Alpine Peak section is off-trail and challenging.Show more
#5 - Redfish Lake to Baron Lake via Trail 101
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 15.3 mi • Est. 8 h 33 m
#6 - Redfish to Bench Lakes via Trail 101
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
#7 - Redfish Lake to Pettit Lake
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 31.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Galena Peak
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Nice views in all directions from the top. Even though it is fairly steep, the rocks are fairly solid most of the way with little sliding around. Show more
#9 - Redfish Lake to Spangle Lake to Pettit Lake
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 43.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
#10 - Redfish Lake Loop
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 21 m
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