Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095

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Sawtooth National Forest

Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095 is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.3 miElevation gain2,191 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Yaoshan Zhu
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Risa Orlosky
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Scenic driving

This hike was amazing. So many lakes and a steady, not super steep incline allows you to keep at it. Got caught in a few “blizzards” and the views were a bit socked in but the lack of crowds and fresh, smoke free air was so awesome.

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Kallie Ferguson
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Flat for the first part, pretty easy going! A few trees block the trail, but it's doable to go around them or climb under/over. The grade was steady and nice. If you're accustomed to the elevation above sea level, definitely a moderate trail in my opinion and not too hard. A fair amount of the trail is in the sun, so bring sun screen! We went on a Friday and was surprisingly busy, although not too bad. was still easy enough to stay distanced, but I could see weekend days being a bit too many people. Breathtaking views along the entire trail! Lots of people backpacking up at Alice Lake.

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Zach Mayer
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Dave Carmichael
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Counted 17 trees down on trail, but lake views magnificent!

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Mike Erickson
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Evan Bischoff
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Tina G
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Hiking

This was a really great hike. We made it to Twin Lakes and it was 14.2 miles roundtrip. The first few miles were relatively flat and shady and then around mile 3 the trail starts going uphill. Alice Lake was really scenic and had nice views, even with all the wildfire smoke. There were plenty of people on the trail for a weekday, but it didn't feel too crowded.

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Jason Barney
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HikingGreat!

Hiked 8/1/2020. Beautiful trail, and as others have mentioned, try to make it past Twin Lakes up to the top of Snowyside Divide for insane views. The first three miles of the trail along Petitte Lake and through the trees is a bit monotonous, but then the scenery opens up as you start headed up the switchbacks with those stunning Sawtooth spires hovering above. Once you reach the lake, you'll stop with mouth agape, like being consumed by the jaws of Leviathan as the canine-like spears of El Capitan and the other jagged monstrosities envelop you. I found this trail to be borderline moderate to hard. Incline is pretty gradual and not too steep. Some people struggled, while others were running this trail. I think how you deal with the elevation has a lot to do with how you will fare here. I had been hiking in the Sawtooths for about five days after coming from sea level and was just starting to get acclimated by the time I did this trail. By the time you reach Alice Lake, you're at 8,600 feet! It's no joke if you're not used to it. Going up any hill at that altitude made me feel like the life was just draining out of me. Also, there are several water crossings, so either plan to get your feet wet, or navigate the exposed rocks (which is manageable in mid to late summer). The reason I'm knocking this down a star has nothing to do with the scenery. It was supremely gorgeous. But it was incredibly crowded. Parking lot and campground was rammed full, even at 7 a.m on a Saturday. I had to park almost half a mile from the trailhead, and I must have passed 200 people on the trail. There was nowhere to sit along Alice Lake and have lunch because every spot was taken, and people were just ruining it for others by being loud, playing music, their dogs barking, etc. Seek solitude elsewhere! I will do this again, but maybe on a weekday or outside of peak season.

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Greg Hart
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HikingGreat!

I'd day hiked to Alice Lake before but returned for a full loop including Alice, Twin, Toxaway, and a few more Sawtooth Lakes. The section between Alice Lake and Toxaway Lake, including Twin Lakes and Snowyside Pass, is easily my favorite part. If you're able, continue past Twin Lakes to the pass for the best views. As of August 13th, it is totally clear of snow.

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Noel Benadom
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Hiking

From Pettit Lake to Alice Lake was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. It’s almost entirely uphill, and the All Trails app kept telling me I was off course, when I was literally right in the middle of the only trail. Once you get to Alice Lake, the views are amazing.... seriously. I didn’t make it to Twin Lakes though. Since I was lugging around a tripod and a heavy camera, I stopped to photograph Alice Lake and El Capitan and headed back to the campground. I thought I was in pretty good shape... (coming from Florida)... but the elevation really got me.

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Shawna McCaffrey
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HikingMuddyRocky

We did an out and back to Alice Lake with our 1 year old dog. This is a great hike with multiple creek crossings. Easily crossable with waterproof hiking shoes or boots. There is about a 1.5-2 mile section of rocky switchbacks in direct sun but most of the trail goes in and out of the trees. Multiple waterfalls on the way up to the lake with beautiful scenery. I was surprised by the amount of water flowing through here in August. There were a couple muddy sections on the trail.

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Minnesota MountainMatt
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Payoff was great! The trail itself was good.

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Patrick Malley
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Wonderful.

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Natasha Dacic
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Backpacked July 26-28. Great trail - encountered 5 stream crossings so prepare to do some rock hopping or take shoes off on the first cross. Camped at Alice Lake which was very busy! Visited Twin Lakes and the pass for our day hike. Breathtaking views. Bring bug spray because it’s swarming with bugs and mosquitoes (peak bug season).

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Emily Curtis
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful! Bring bug spray!

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Mark Bastian
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Backpacking

Amazing hike! There were a lot of people at Alice Lake but we were still able to get a great camp site with a little exploration.

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Brandon Zoller
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Charles Kackley
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Pettit to Alice is only about 10 km but 500 pm climb, so good workout. Stunning views and impressive mosquitos! Countless campsites along the lake and all are beautiful.

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Steve Oswald
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Steve Oswald
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Eric Ramirez
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This is a stellar hike. You will share the trail with others but pay no mind. You will love the view and never forget it. The only thing I will add is that Alltrails has a very poor mileage system, this trail being an example. The mileage points are arbitrary so be aware. The hike from trailhead to Alice lake is actually just over 6 miles. You can see this looking closely at the mapping but just a heads up. The view from Alice lake includes a very foreboding El Capitan, reminiscent of the Wind Rivers, and a ridgeline that resembles the ranges namesake, Sawtooth. The place is magical. Don't start late like we did, as we ended up with about 40 minutes at the lake. We got back to the car at dark.

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Draesen Andersen
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Did the hike on June 2nd, 2018. There was about 4 feet of lightly packed snow during the last mile up to Alice lake, which was our destination. That made the hike challenging for this time of year but definitely hikeable! I highly recommend the challenge!

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Vince Beltrone
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Sydney Svob
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