The Sawtooth Mountains situated near the quaint town of Stanley, Idaho are absolutely epic! These rugged peaks hosted the first of a hopefully annual girls’ trip reunion for us and two of our good friends from SLC, Rachel and Lindsey.
The first day was kind of a bust in regards to weather. It was rainy and very foggy with promises of thunderstorms all afternoon. We opted for a short 5 mile hike to Fishhook Creek. The trail is relatively flat and leads to a gorgeous meadow. We didn’t want to hike anywhere along the ridge line for fear of lightning.
We had already started hiking back when the clouds quickly passed, leaving only blue skies for a clearer view of the peaks. So of course we had to head back for a second look!
After the hike, we checked out Redfish Lake. It was a little too chilly and cloudy for a dip.
We drove into town to walk through Stanley and nab some ice cream cones.
That afternoon, we went in search of hot springs. We found one along the Salmon River.
The next day, we hiked the classic Sawtooth Lake trail from Iron Creek Trailhead. The hike is 10 miles round trip and hits up both Alpine Lake, seen below, and Sawtooth Lake.
Next up, Sawtooth Lake!
After our hike, we visited Stanley Lake with the spectacular McGown Peak backdrop.
On the last day, we hiked to Alice Lake. The trail is 12 miles round trip and absolutely beautiful. We crossed the creek five or six times each way, and I ended up soaking my boots on nearly every crossing. Classic me!
This was my favorite view of the Sawtooths!
On the drive back to Missoula, we stopped at Lake Como just to check it out for future camping trips.