I found the Sawtooth Wilderness to be an amazing place, containing scenery on par with the best of the country’s national parks. Picking your favorite National Park is like picking your favorite child, and I don’t want to be drawn into that game, but my overall impression is similar to the great parks. I hope you enjoy my pictures almost as much as I enjoyed being there and taking them.
A hike along the shore of Sawtooth Lake offers many nice views. This one shows most of the lake.
Lingering snow, a talus field, Sawtooth Lake and mountains. There are many things in this picture.
It was very quiet as evening approached. This was true almost every night on this trip. The weather was almost as amazing as the scenery.
A calm, early morning mountain scene
Middle Cramer Lake is a pretty mountain lake with a surprise.
A morning view from my campsite. Jealous?
One of many cascades. The water was always good.
The early morning sun sets the mountain side on fire as it is reflected in an unnamed pond.
Lake Ingeborg reflects the montain side in the early morkning.
A wide mountain meadow with white granite rocks and as stream flowing to a lake. That’s a lot.
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Don’t ya just wonder what lies past the edge of Avalanche Lake?
You can see a long way in every direction from Sand Mountain Pass.
You can see a long way in every direction from Sand Mountain Pass. And each view is different.
Still at (or actually above) Sand Mountain Pass, and each view is still different.
My first view of Toxsway Lake was impresive. So were the other views. No wonder it is a favorite. But most people only see it from near ground level since they follow the shoreline. They don’t know what they’re missing.
Closer to lake level, Toxaway Lake is impressive in a different way.
This is (or could be) a nice shot that shows the effect of the smoke in the air on day one.
The Sawtooths have many streams like this one.
This may be the south end of Sawtooth Lake, but another lake beckons.
Looking back at Sawtooth Lake
High mountain waterfalls are fun because they are relatively rare and usually a surprise. I could hear this one from a distance and assumed it to be an ordinary stream.
From this viewpoint, you get two lakes for the price of one.
Just another view along the trail
An austere view on the way up Cramer Pass
Would you believe this lake is called Hidden Lake. It doesn’t look like it’s hiding to me. Nor is it hidden as you walk along the trail near the shore. Beat me.
Virginia Lake is a favorite of many.
The Sawtooths Wilderness is a land of many pretty lakes.
This scene reminds me of Yosemite
Two packrafters fish on Lake Vernon. I actually counted five of them.
I found it hard to leave Sand Mountain Pass. There were so many views.
Those mountains the the distance are very different from the Sawtooths. Mountains are like that; it’s one reason why I find them endlessly fascinating.
While the smoke in the air was quite obvious to me, it was maddening to try capturing it in a picture. Perhaps this was my best effort. Not how the smoke obscures the details in the distant mountains.
It’s September. Yet little patches of snow still linger.
While I’d like the smoke to be gone, it imparts a fog-like atmosphere to this pretty scene.
Twin Lakes were one of my favorites.
Smoke mixes with clouds in the distance.
From below, while walking on the trail, this rock was very imposing.
A hiker approaches the Tin Cup trailhead