Toxaway - Pettit Loop

Stanley, Idaho

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This is a classic backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. There are alpine lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most jagged of the Sawtooths.

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"This is a classic backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. There are alpine lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most jagged of the Sawtooths."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Stanley
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 2,390 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: Best late July to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,390 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Mt. Everly and Snowyside Peak USGS quadrangles; Fairfield and Ketchum Ranger Districts and Sawtooth National Recreation Area–Sawtooth National Forest map

Toxaway - Pettit Loop Reviews

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8/3/2015
This is an incredible loop. Be sure to take a camera, and try to be at Alice and Toxaway lakes at sunrise or sunset. There are several possibilities for much longer figure-eight or through hikes by crossing the pass north of Toxaway to Imogene or Edna lakes.
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9/10/2011
This was my first time up in the sawtooths and all I can say is WOW!!!!!! Gorgeous mountains and pristine lakes full of fish. The trailhead was easy to find from the description, and everything went swimmingly. We camped the trailhead on fri and started hiking on Sat. We camped Petit Lake Sat night and came back sun, which worked great. We had plenty of time in the afternoon at Petit to relax and cook. The only advice i might have is if you bring dogs, bring some shoes for them for the hike back. There is an area after the summit that you are bouldering over sharp rocks, and both the dogs we brought were limping after that. Enjoy!
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8/3/2008
This was my first back pack experience. It was an awesome Hike. I would highly recomend it. Beatiful!
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7/18/2008
Ran this loop with my husband in a few hours. Snow is slow going and the creeks were high enough to be dangerous for the dogs. Love this loop though. Would recommend for camping late in the season to avoid the crowds.
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6/28/2008
Great trail. Although I think we were the first for this season, 29 Jun 08 was potentially a little early. Beginning to Toxaway was great, only saw 1 other person. Snow-shoed in slush up to the pass. Large cornice remains on the pass, but you can sneak by between the rock and inside of the cornice. Once on the South side, there is still significant patchy snow up to 8000-8500' elevation. Stream crossings on the South side are anywhere from knee to waist high on 6'0'' person.
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8/23/2006
Great trip. Mellow, beautiful. If you like scrambles, by all means, go up Snowy Side Peak. The climb is a fun 3rd class scramble, and the views from the top take in all of the Sawtooth Range.
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8/19/2006
Awesome trip! My 9 yr old son (type 1 diabetic) and I did this trip in 3 days and had a blast. The peaks are amazing, the lakes are beautiful and foot traffic on the back portion was not too bad. I would encourage anyone to give this trail a try!
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8/6/2006
Really nice hike. Gorgeous scenery is only very slightly marred by the many horses that bring horse-packers here. Still a peaceful place, despite the crowds. Dayhike to Sand Mountain from Toxaway Lake provided incredible views of the area. Nice Brookies at Toxaway. Highly recommended.
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7/18/2006
Great hike, twin lakes had great fishing. The hike to hellroaring lake was strenuous but worth it. Also, summit snowyside if you have an extra couple of hours it is very cool. Bring lots of mosquito repellent. Beautiful, scenic and great.
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8/28/2005
Awesome and scenic mountains and lakes. The pass towards the middle of the loop is strenuous, but the rest is not that tough. Will for sure do it again.
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