With an early start to summer and the recent hot weather, Sawtooth trails are opening up ahead of schedule. Most of the popular trails have melted out, with snow lingering only on the high passes and in high off-trail basins.

Time to get out on the trail and put in some miles. Nothing beats waking up at a high alpine lake as the sun rises over the spires of the Sawtooth Range!

Take a look at some photos from a recent backpacking trip to Goat Lake lead by SMG founder Kirk Bachman: