Baron Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

Photo Gallery: Mountain Lakes of Idaho’s Sawtooths

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By Michael Lanza

I may be risking an impassioned debate here, but I think there are very few mountain ranges in America with as many drop-dead, gorgeous high mountain lakes as Idaho’s Sawtooths. In fact, the only ranges that arguably beat out the Sawtooths in that department may be the High Sierra and Wind River Range (and not coincidentally, the three share other similarities, including geology). Over nearly 20 years of wandering around Idaho’s best-known hills, I’ve seen many of those watery jewels. This gallery of photos from many of them may persuade you to agree with me.

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4 Responses to Photo Gallery: Mountain Lakes of Idaho’s Sawtooths

  1. Chris   |  August 29, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Nice picks Michael. It does look like a special place. The question though, how many of those lakes have you swam in? ?

    • michaellanza   |  August 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Chris. I’ve swum in most of them, many have rocky shores and clear water along the shore that’s not clogged with marshy vegetation, making them quite accessible. Water temp depends on how late in summer, elevation, the lake’s depth where you’re swimming, and how much sun it gets (some lakes get more shade if they sit on the north side of tall cliffs). Generally, the temp can vary from cold but tolerable, to so chilly that it’s refreshing for less than a minute then you have to get out, to so frigid you’re swimming immediately for shore after jumping in.

  2. Bege Reynolds   |  August 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Wow! Beautiful photos and some of my favorites. Sometimes the places closest to home are the ones you treasure the most. Thanks for posting!

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