9.1 miles
1,780 ft
-1,778 ft
2 miles
High Point

A visit to the Alpine and Sawtooth lakes may make you want to never return home. This trek breathes Sawtooth Mountains—soaring peaks, wildflower meadows, towering conifer forest, crystal-clear creeks, and cobalt-blue lakes all encircled in a geological world of granite. Families will find the scenic meadow near the Sawtooth Wilderness boundary—1.1 miles from the trailhead—to be an excellent destination.

It is 7.8 miles (out-and-back) and 1,300 feet of gain to reach Alpine Lake. From Alpine Lake it is another mile and 600 feet of additional gain to see the 173-acre Sawtooth Lake. The lake is surrounded by soaring peaks, including Alpine Peak and the triangular Mt. Regan. Backpackers will find plenty of sites near Alpine Lake and limited spots near Sawtooth Lake.

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Alpine and Sawtooth Lakes is a 9 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Stanley Idaho. This hike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 1,780 ft with a max elevation of 8,455 ft then descends -1,778 ft.
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More Stats for Alpine and Sawtooth Lakes mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,728 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,728 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,729 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,719 ft


  1. Walk northwest on Iron Creek - Stanley Lake.
  2. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  3. Turn left to stay on Iron Creek - Stanley Lake.
  4. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  5. Turn right to stay on Iron Creek - Stanley Lake.
  6. Continue for 50 meters.
  7. Walk north on Iron Creek - Stanley Lake.
  8. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  9. Turn right to stay on Iron Creek - Stanley Lake.
  10. Continue for 3 kilometers.
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