Ketchum: Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake

With its forested route and views of a stunning lake ringed by peaks, this 8.6-miler is a first-rate snapshot of the gorgeous Sawtooth Wilderness.
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With its forested route and views of a stunning lake ringed by peaks, this 8.6-miler is a first-rate snapshot of the gorgeous Sawtooth Wilderness.

-Mapped by Jason Kauffman

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.0

Waypoints

SLH001

Location: 44.1985931396484, -115.013877868652

Hike SW into shaded forest of lodgepole pines

SLH002

Location: 44.1896667480469, -115.030532836914

Trail passes sign indicating boundary of the 217,088-acre Sawtooth Wilderness

SLH003

Location: 44.1893348693848, -115.031524658203

Turn R @ Y; soon after, trail enters a lovely, tree-lined meadow

SLH004

Location: 44.193359375, -115.038528442383

L @ Y, bearing SE

SLH005

Location: 44.1881370544434, -115.054733276367

Ford Iron Creek. Caution: Watch for swift flows during spring meltoff. Path quickly climbs almost 500 ft.

SLH006

Location: 44.1840324401856, -115.054039001465

Stay R @ Y, where side trail drops to shores of Alpine Lake

SLH007

Location: 44.1833686828613, -115.055030822754

Overlook S to photogenic Alpine Lake

SLH008

Location: 44.1816291809082, -115.061256408691

Pass pond on R. Sawtooth Lake is just beyond

SLH009

Location: 44.1790657043457, -115.062927246094

Glorious views! Sawtooth Lake reflects the serrated granite ridge above. Hike on for more views and a blissful lunch spot

SLH010

Location: 44.1775741577148, -115.062797546387

Turn R @ Y and follow faint trail to bluff above Sawtooth Lake. Look S for awe-inspiring views of turquoise waters and of 10,190-foot Mt. Regan to the S. Retrace steps to trailhead