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85 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating


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connecticuttraveler6
In past years we have done day adventures with SMG (a day of climbing on the Super Slabs and a day hike to Goat Lake). This time we wanted to do something a little more adventurous, so planned a 3 day family backpack to hike into Imogene Lake and then do a summit of Mount Cramer. Every detail of the trip was perfect. Sara Lundy (one of the co-owners) was our guide. She was incredible -- personable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, not to mention a great outdoors cook (we couldn't believe how many tasty treats she had for our meals!). We opted for a porter to take the bulk of our gear to camp on the first day. As such, our camp was waiting for us upon arrival -- tents set up by a small "no-name" lake right next to Imogene that was so beautiful. We swam, explored, ate and just enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings. The hike up Mt. Cramer on Day 2 was challenging but spectacular. It is a bushwhack the whole way -- first through alpine forest and then a rock scramble above treeline. Sara forged our path with expert precision -- we did not have to backtrack once. Of course, the weather cooperated, which makes all the difference. We were very happy with the whole experience and highly recommend SMG.
  Multi-Day Backpacking , Non-Technical Summits
Dianna58
Best in all the West. The SMG rock-n-raft combo is awesome. In the morning, Eric taught us several climbing techniques at the boulder near Red Fish Lake Lodge. He is patient, a great teacher, has a sense of humor, and is encouraging without being condescending. In the afternoon, we rafted with a company in Stanley. Previously, we've met SMG guides on Borah. They are the type of people who make an arduous hike an enjoyable experience. SMG has wonderful employees.
  Rock-n-Raft Combo Adventure , Intro Rock Climbing
Deborah A
What a terrific day I had learning to climb with the knowledgeable and lovely Marc. Everything was smooth sailing- From coordinating the schedule with Stacey just a couple of days prior to my visit, to getting kitted out with my equipment and then getting out on the climb with Marc. He was friendly and professional which made the day a total blast. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Marc chose the perfect spot, which he based on my profile. He obviously took time to consider how to personalize the experience. Thank you for an awesome experience. Highly recommend such a great activity with this group of passionate and consummate professionals — I will definitely be back.
  Intro Rock Climbing
Tracy C
Our family of 4 was traveling for the first time to Stanley from the east coast. We wanted adventure so we signed up for the intro to mtn climbing class. We were matched with Matt S and he was beyond amazing. He was so engaging with the kids (7 and 11) and made us all feel 100% comfortable and safe. I was so scared of the heights but Matt helped we get over my fears with zero pressure. He was so much fun. He took the time to gauge the abilities of my kids and got us to do more than we thought possible. We will be back and will specifically ask for Matt. Anyone looking for backpacking, climbing or skiing treks, ASK FOR MATT S. Overall impressed with the level of communication between us and the company. our confirmation was sent immediately and all forms were easy to fill out via iphones (since we were traveling and no computer). overall 100% success. best decision ever.
  Intro Rock Climbing
kyleejo3
I'm a somewhat novice rock climber, and Drew took a friend and I to climb and was really awesome at teaching us and working to make the trip to our level. He was patient, kind, and answered all of our questions with a solid explanation of why he did things the way he did. He left us feeling inspired and wanting to get out more this summer to explore! The other mountain guides I have spoken to are the exact same way. They really know their stuff and are willing to make the trip whatever you want it to be.
  Intro Rock Climbing
dw20122015
Hiked and then spent night in Sawtooth Mtn with guide Amy David. Incredible! She was knowledgable, safe and fun to be with. Worth every penny. I would recommend this company and guide for every age and every level of experience. Beautiful camp site, too!
  Multi-Day Backpacking
Tricia M
We came to Stanley on a weekend getaway and wanted to get in some hiking. We assumed we may see some snow, but also would see flowers in bloom. It's spring time right? Well we quickly learned if we were to hike it would be with snowshoes. Not quite what we had in mind, but why not? We contacted Stacey to schedule a hike with a guided tour. Stacey was incredibly helpful with recommendations and she also shared some local hidden gems to discover on our journey from Boise to Stanley.

The day of our hike we woke up to huge snowflakes falling from the sky and we were supposed to start our hike ar 10am, Stacey recommended we push to 1pm in hopes the snow would subside and the visibility would improve. We met Skylar at Galena Pass and as I mentioned before, we were ill prepared for the hike so he hooked us up with some gloves and hiking poles. We hiked up to lower Titus Peak and it was nothing short of spectacular. Skylar was very experienced and we had a great time exchanging stories along the way.

Highly recommend booking a tour. We just wish we had more time in Stanley. Already looking forward to next trip!
DAN923
These guys are the real deal. We stayed at two different yurts and they coordinated everything expertly. Felt like these guys new this terrain like the back of their hand. Terrain is unbelievable. Guides are fun to hang out with. Might have to just come here every year. Can't say enough good things about these guys. Guides Matt and Skylar were awesome.
  Guided & Catered Hut Trips
icuski2
Just recently back from a 3 day trip up to SMGs Williams Peak Yurt, my first time there. Wow, what a location!! Pictures do not do it justice. It's a haul to get to it in the winter but worth every stride of the way.

The two yurts were well cared for, clean, and plenty roomy for a group of 8. The ski terrain immediately above the yurts and the surrounding vicinity provides something for all abilities of skiers-- easy glades to jaw dropping, mind blower steeps. And the amount of terrain is as endless as the Sawtooth's themselves. You won't grow bored with the terrain here!

We were self guided so can't speak to the experience and service of their guides but have heard nothing but praise of them from those who have been out with them.

Hope to be fortunate enough to get another reservation here some winter.
  Williams Peak Hut Rental
Tim F
Basic avalanche class with Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Three day class that was awesome. Chris,Sara and Drew are guides where both knowledgeable in classroom and on the Mountain. The mix of classroom and mountain time was correct. This is a must take class for those going into the the mountains and back country.  GOOD!
  AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course