Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake

Stanley, Idaho

Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Scenic Sawtooth Lake is the biggest lake inside the Sawtooth Mountains and makes for one of the most photographic backcountry scenes in Idaho."

Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake Reviews

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7/1/2009
There were six in our hiking party, ranging in age from 12 to 70, all hardcore hikers. We all agreed that this hike is in the top five all-time best hikes we've made. It has everything: interesting terrain, wonderful vistas, clean fresh air, friendly fellow hikers, and enough of a degree of difficulty to savor arrival at Sawtooth Lake as an appropriate reward. What a wonderful hike. And it didn't hurt that I caught a matched set of half-pound brook trout in about five casts at the lake.
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7/31/2008
a day hike that feels like an adventure - we even got to do some sledding when we hiked this in july! beautiful scenery - only a few other hikers
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8/20/2006
Wow. This was incredible. I will say that reaching Alpine Lake was a bit more majestic than Sawtooth. Sawtooth was incredible because of the elevation, size and just the thought of where it is located, but Alpine Lake was a prettier lake to look at. The hike was hard, but I took along a 13 and 10 year old and both of them did great. All in all I highly recommend this hike to anyone. The views of the Sawtooths took our breath away.
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7/26/2006
The shorter hike to Alpine Lake is great too! We brought Teva-s for fording the creek in the middle of the hike.
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8/7/2003
The trail description and other reviews are accurate. The lake and Mt Regan are as photogenic as described. In addition, the boys caught and released many trout fishing the lake. The views along Iron Creek and the entire trail are equally beautiful and should not be overshadowed by the beauty of Sawtooth lake.
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7/12/2003
There are better day hikes in the Sawtooths. None are a complete waste of time, of course. This lake, like many, is big and ringed with peaks. The shore is windy and 99% devoid of vegetation. The single shady lunch spot will likely be taken on any busy day. The small lake just down-trail is buggy. I suggest stopping off at Alpine Lake for lunch, it's much more inviting. Then go to Sawtooth, take your pictures, and head out. But consider putting a little more effort into reaching one of the better lakes in the area, instead.
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Trail Information

Stanley
Nearby City
10
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Long day hike or overnight
Duration
Best late July through August
Season
6,710 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,430 feet
Top Elevation
Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters, (208) 774-3000
Local Contacts
Stanley Lake USGS quadrangle; Fairfield and Ketchum Ranger Districts and Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Sawtooth National Forest map
Local Maps
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