Idaho’s magnificent Sawtooth Mountains—a range that I have hiked and backpacked in countless times since moving to Idaho more than 20 years ago—possess national park-caliber scenery without the national park crowds and competition for permits. This e-guide will show you how to plan and pull off one of “America’s Top 10 Best Backpacking Trips” on a five-day, approximately 37-mile hike from Redfish Lake to Pettit Lake on a grand tour of some of the very finest mountain lakes in the Sawtooths, hiking below numerous long, jagged ridgelines and across four mountain passes over 9,000 feet.
Exploring the most accessible core of the Sawtooths, this hike features campsites on a beautiful, high mountain lake surrounded by jaw-dropping peaks every night and crosses a high pass every day except the last day. This e-guide also describes four variations of the primary route that range from four to seven days, allowing you to shorten or lengthen your personalized adventure. Friendly to families and beginner backpackers and scenic enough to satisfy even the most experienced backpackers, this trip provides an excellent introduction to Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains while leaving much more ground to explore on future trips.
Read my full story about this trip, “The Best of Idaho’s Sawtooths: Backpacking Redfish to Pettit” (which requires a paid subscription to read in full), with many photos from this trip, which is described in much more detail in this e-guide; or see the photos in my “Photo Gallery: Mountain Lakes of Idaho’s Sawtooths” (which is free for anyone to read). See also “The Best Hikes and Backpacking Trips in Idaho’s Sawtooths,” my story about the Idaho Wilderness Trail, a long-distance trail I helped conceive that passes through the Sawtooths, and all stories about backpacking in Idaho’s Sawtooths at The Big Outside.
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