SAWTOOTH MOUNTAIN GUIDES: Year Round Mountain Adventure Since 1985

Your outdoor experts for climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing in and around the Sawtooth Mountains near Sun Valley and Stanley, Idaho!

Upcoming Programs & Courses

Lead Climbing 101 Course

September 13-14, 2014 – Learn lead climbing techniques at the City of Rocks. [...]

Peak a Week: Saturday Summits with SMG!

Saturdays – Join a group of like-minded hikers to tackle one of our area’s countless summits.  [...]

Intro to Rock Climbing Course

October 4-5, 2014 – The City of Rocks provides the ideal venue to learn how to climb. [...]

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Latest News, Trip Reports & More

Late Summer Adventures: Photo Gallery

Whew! Our summer is simmering down, and we finally have time to relive the fun. August was a busy month and we ran a number of exciting trips across central Idaho. It was also a wet month, with many stations reporting 2-3 times our usual rainfall. While the weather thwarted a few of our trips and made others more memorable, the wetter, cooler conditions provided a needed respite from the smoke o[...]

Classic Alpine Climbs of the Pios

While we're better known for the classic alpine rock climbs of the Sawtooths, the Pioneer Mountains southeast of Sun Valley hold some of our best moderate alpine routes. With short approaches and fantastic ridge climbs on solid granite and quartzite rock, these climbs shouldn't be missed! The Broken Arrow Arete is a hidden gem up Wildhorse Canyon on the east side of the Pios. The route follows [...]

Why Sawtooth Mountain Guides?

Sawtooth Mountain Guides is owned and operated by IFMGA mountain guide Erik Leidecker and Chris & Sara LundyEmploying the most AMGA-trained guides in Idaho, our guides are highly skilled, professional, and passionate about what they do. Each SMG guide is thoughtful and considerate, leads an interesting life, and is a lot of fun to spend time with in the mountains. Come climb, ski, or hike in some of the most incredible terrain anywhere – our permit area encompasses the Sawtooth, Lost River, Pioneer, Boulder, and Smoky Mountain Ranges, not to mention the City of Rocks! Whatever your skill level – whether you’re looking for fun, adventure, challenge, or education – our 30 years of expertise and professional guides ensure an unforgettable experience.


Let us show you around the mountains we know and love!