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Your outdoor experts for climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing near Sun Valley and Stanley, Idaho

Idaho rock climbing with Sawtooth Mountain Guides


Guided Hiking and Backpacking in the Sawtooths with Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Hiking & Backpacking

With nearly 400 high alpine lakes nestled below jagged peaks, the Sawtooth Mountains are a world-class hiking destination.

Guided backcountry skiing, ski touring, and ski mountaineering near Stanley, Sun Valley, and Boise, Idaho

Backcountry Skiing

From powder glades to open bowls to rock-lined couloirs, we have it all … except the crowds. Join a guide in the Idaho backcountry!

And Much More

Upcoming Courses & Trips

Powder Patrol Discounted Ski Tour

Wednesdays – Join a guide and a group of like-minded skiers to sniff out the best powder turns on Galena or Banner Summit.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses

January 2015 – Based at the Williams Peak Hut or in Stanley, our Level 1 teaches critical backcountry decision making skills.

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course

February 19-22, 2015 –  For advanced skiers venturing deep into the backcountry or exploring areas without an avalanche bulletin.

Latest News, Trip Reports & More

Great start to the New Year

January 13th, 2015|Comments Off

After such a powder-filled December, what will the New Year bring? Time will tell of course, but so far we’ve seen less stormy weather and a stable snowpack. Conditions have allowed us to explore steeper alpine terrain that we often don’t get to until much later in the season. Recent warm temps have […]

A Christmas To Remember!

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off

December delivered the goods and most mountain weather stations are showing 120-130% of average snowfall. Contrast that to last season’s dismal start, and it seems like we have twice our normal snow! The storms have been coming in consistently, and it’s a treat to be starting the season without any deep-lurking […]

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Why Sawtooth Mountain Guides?

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!

Sawtooth Mountain Guides is owned and operated by IFMGA mountain guide Erik Leidecker and Chris & Sara Lundy. Employing 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. 

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. Join us for the trip of a lifetime!

This was an awesome experience! I can’t say enough positive things. Williams Peak Hut is a gem in the middle of the Sawtooths. The guides had incredible knowledge and experience.
We’ve done several trips with SMG over the past few years (all a mix of adults and teens), and every one has been excellent. These guys are great at what they do. Highly recommended!
We were looking for an outing near Stanley ID, and we asked Sawtooth Mountain Guides to help. Matt, the guide, had a sense of humor for the adults, and a great touch with the kids.
My wife and I spent some quality time with SMG this last winter. We first climbed and skied Mcgown N. Couloir and had so much fun, we took their spring mountaineering class.
They will create any trip you like, any way you like it. It’s completely customizable for anyone from the novice who’s never done anything like this before to the experienced expert.


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