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Best of the Sawtooths in Summer

06.23.17

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Best of the Sawtooths in Summer

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  • A climber begins the traverse along the south shore of the 4th Bench Lake.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • The Devil's Bedstead is clearly visible from the High Ridge Trail at the overlook on the east ridge of Otto's Peak.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Rock fringe (Epilobium angustifolium) decorates Alpine Creek Canyon.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Altair Peak and a tumbling creek in Surprise Valley.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Looking down the classic U-shaped valley of Redfish Lake Creek Canyon.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • A waterfall during spring runoff at Redfish Inlet.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Swimmers can jump from the small boulders at Redfish Lake.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • As you round the western elbow of Redfish Lake, the view to the south is breathtaking.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • The flower displays along the southern edge of Elk Meadow change as the summer progresses. Here is a late June bloom of mountain shooting star (Dodecatheon jeffreyi).- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Contributor Matt Leidecker enjoys a veiw looking onto the Middle Baron Lake. Mount Ebert stands in the right center of the photo.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Sunset over the lower Bellas Lake.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • Early on the Alpine Way Trail. The stunning view from Fishook Ridge.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
  • The stunning view from the north shore of Alice Lake.- Best of the Sawtooths in Summer
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The Sawtooth Mountains remain one of the more remote mountain ranges in the Lower 48. That they maintain a low profile is a little bewildering, however, since the backcountry here is as promising and bountiful as any in the West. Summer is upon us, and now is the perfect time to take advantage of the range’s stunning peaks, alpine lakes, and backcountry camping opportunities. Outdoor Project has partnered with Idaho River Publications to cover the region, and here are some of the best adventures in our library. Hot tip: many of them include lakes, most of them go up, and all of them are waiting for you to visit. Once more into the breach, dear friends.

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