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Grand Sawtooths Loop

HARD 8 reviews
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Grand Sawtooths Loop is a 73.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lowman, Idaho that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 73.6 miles Elevation Gain: 16,069 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash




nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers


Mon Jul 16 2018

Started at Redfish heading counterclockwise, I'd recommend if you're trying to knock out some miles. The trail was rather boring for a while though. From a views standpoint grandjean on was great. If I did again I'd try to nix the leg from red fish to Stanley to grandjean it just felt like miles.

Mon Jun 18 2018

I started clock-wise out of Grandjean, wanting to do the northern-most loop. The hike was fantastic! Very scenic and lots of solitude. The three creek crossings were impossible to do without getting wet. There are logs, but they were partially submerged (and very slippery). I just put on my water shoes and braved the numbingly cold water! At about 4 miles, right after the sign to Trail Creek Lakes/Stanley Lake, I completely lost the trail due to downed trees. I spent about 1.5 hours trying to pick the trail back up, then just going cross country. I never did locate the trail, and when a thunderstorm rolled in, with hail, while I was on top of a rocky ridge, I hot-footed it back down. I returned to Grandjean campground and later that evening, did 5 miles going the opposite direction on the loop, along Baron Creek. Beautiful views and pretty level. I'll be back!

Sat Dec 23 2017

Did portions of the loop starting at Grandjean and went clockwise heading toward Stanley Lake then to Redfish Lake and cut over the pass to the Baron Lakes and Alpine Lake. Overall did about 32 miles in three days. Lots of tree fall along the trail especially at the pass at Baron Lake to get back to Grandjean TH, also lots of snowfields, and rock slide that obscured the trail coming down off the pass at Upper Baron Lake. But the views were stunning and awe inspiring. Definitely a hike to do if you have 3-5 days. Plenty of cold clear water everywhere along the trails we took, so bring those Aquatabs and Sawyer straws, no need to buy it in Stanley.

Sun Aug 21 2016

So many lakes to see!!! Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer. Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal. The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful. Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same. Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see... I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles. Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

Fri Nov 23 2012

I completed 40 out of the 63 mile loop. This was an epic hike. The only crowds were around Sawtooth Lake; otherwise I was by myself the entire time. August is a great month to hike this trail. Warm weather overall, with some afternoon rain, thunder and lightning storms. The trails are well-marked. The topography was absolutely beautiful with high jagged peaks, tall trees, clear lakes, and rushing rivers. Plenty of water was available on the trail. I will definitely be back! I fell in love with Idaho because of the Sawtooth Mountains! Great book for reference: Backpacking Idaho by Douglas Lorain

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