Hiking the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho (#2413)

Date and Time

Saturday, July 20, 2024 - Wednesday, July 31, 2024


Sawtooth Mountains,
Other U.S.,


Registration is required for this activity.


The Sawtooth Range is a part of the Rocky Mountains, located in Central Idaho, named for its jagged peaks. Much of the range is located within the Sawtooth Wilderness. To the east lies the 30-mile long Sawtooth Valley and the town of Stanley, our home for the majority of this trip. To the east of the valley are the White Cloud Mountains. These peaks offer a unique perspective, looking across the valley at the jagged Sawtooth peaks. On this 12-day adventure, we'll explore the alpine lakes, high divides and summits of the Sawtooth and White Cloud. After arriving in Boise, Idaho, we'll meet the group, gather some supplies for the trip, and enjoy a welcome dinner. After one night in Boise, we'll leave it behind for a three hour scenic drive to the town of Stanley, our home for eight nights. We'll enjoy some strenuous and challenging hikes ranging from 7 to 16 miles per day. We'll see wildflowers and wildlife, pristine lakes, jagged peaks and many panoramic views. We'll experience the unique terrain and mountain air as we climb to several divides and summits between 9,000' and 10,000'. Our group will hike to the scenic Alice, Alpine, Bench and Sawtooth Lakes. We'll climb to Baron Divide and summit Ruffneck Peak (9,400'), Observation Peak (9,151') and Horton Peak (9,896'). Late afternoons can be spent relaxing at our inn or poking around town. We will spend our last two nights back in Boise, with a full day to explore the city, before enjoying a farewell dinner and departing for home. This trip is geared towards the experienced hiker. The terrain is rugged and steep in places, and requires agility. Some of the hiking will be at higher elevations where the air will be thinner. One day's hiking duration could be nine hours or more. We will hike at a moderate pace, which will permit time for photos and rest breaks. Participants should be in excellent shape and be able to hike for most of the day and for several days in a row.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,600 member / $3,700 non-member

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Dan is a 3-season hiking leader with the AMC Boston Chapter. He has completed the 48 NH 4,000 footers in winter, and hiked the Appalachian Trail mostly as day hikes. He has traveled extensively, having visited 49 states and over 60 countries. He has a passion for photography which he loves to share with Adventure Travel participants. He has led or co-led Adventure Travel trips to Colorado, the Alsace, Yosemite, Albania, The Tetons, Death Valley, Slovenia, and the Tour du Mont Blanc.


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John is a 4 season day hike and trip leader for the AMC NH Chapter. He has completed the NH 48 in winter, the NE 67, and is working on the NE 111 and NE 67 in winter. John has led at AMC August Camp and has taught at the AMC NH Cardigan Lodge series. He has been hiking in over 40 of the US National Parks and Monuments. John has traveled to over 20 foreign countries, hiked the Machu Picchu trek in Peru, and some of the alpine areas in Europe.