Take a boat ride across Redfish Lake, hike about an hour up a well-maintained trail, and you’ll arrive at our magnificent Canyon Camp. This fully-stocked camp has everything you need for a deluxe camping experience – extra wide (and thick!) Thermarest sleeping pads, sleeping bags, roomy tents (including a 6 person family hotel!) and a full kitchen. This means NO HEAVY PACKS! And given the short approach, it’s a perfect place to take kids for a multi-day getaway!
The Canyon Camp is ideally situated as a base for Sawtooth adventure and exploration. Just below the camp Redfish Lake Creek slides over granite slabs into picturesque swimming holes. You can even fish for small, but feisty Brook and Cutthroat trout. The Super Slabs climbing area is only 20 minutes away (also great for kids and families!), and day hikes to nearby Saddleback Lakes, or slightly more distant Alpine Lake are great options. Technical and non-technical peaks including the Elephant’s Perch, Mt. Heyburn, and Braxon Peak are nearby as well.
Programs that utilize the Canyon Camp:
- Custom Family Adventures
- Sawtooth Rock Climbing and climbs of the Elephants Perch
- Sawtooth Alpine Kid’s Camp
- Intro to Rock Climbing Course
- Custom backpacking itineraries
As Canyon Camp is fully-stocked, you only need to carry in your personal items — clothing, toiletries, etc — to enjoy a wilderness camping experience. Please take a look at the following equipment list for packing recommendations.
The hike into Canyon Camp is 2.5 miles on a good trail with about 600 feet of elevation gain — suitable for most reasonably fit adults and kids.
What about personal waste (i.e. poop)? At the Canyon Camp we carry everything out of the mountains…including poop! Due to a scarcity of organic soil and the creation of many social trails we’ve abandoned the traditional cat hole method and switched to a better system. We use a portable commode (5 gallon bucket and a comfortable toilet seat) combined with Restop or “wag” bags. This system is clean, convenient, and consistent with modern Leave No Trace practices. The only downside is that each participant needs to carry their poop bag out of the mountains to the nearest garbage can. Fortunately the bags have a strong seal and we provide an extra baggie for transport. Although this seems gross at first our experience is that this method has made it a lot easier for those new to living in the mountains to take care of this important piece of business!