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101 Reviews on Trip Advisor — 5/5 Rating

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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
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!
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
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
Charlene S
I booked a solo climbing trip and had Marc as my guide. The scenery was beautiful, the climb was fun, and the communication with staff was quick and easy. I would definitely do it again!!!
  Intro Rock Climbing
Stefan C
Randall and Chris are great guides and teachers. Very thorough and professional. I will be taking more avalanche courses with sawtooth mountain guides!
  Bogus Basin Intro to Backcountry
Cindy M
It's hard to articulate how awesome this company is, but I'll try! I hired SMG to take me on a "traveling light" 4-day backpacking trip. I was traveling to the area for sabbatical and while I've done overnight "car camping," I'd never done a multi-day backpack trip. From the very first phone call to their office to the actual trip, every single person I interacted with was professional, friendly, and helpful. To book one of these trips as an individual is NOT inexpensive, and a few times prior to arriving in Idaho, I wondered if I'd lost my mind....but I can honestly say that it was worth every single penny and much more! Sara (co-owner) was my guide, and from the moment I met her I felt completely comfortable and like I'd known her for a lifetime. She knows those mountains backward and forward. I love that she offered me adventure and challenges (crossing raging creeks and roping in to her to traverse snowy mountain trails) -- I trusted that she would not lead me into any situation that she didn't feel I could handle. The food that she prepared for each meal - oh my word!!! So delicious and not your standard "freeze dried" fare. Fresh, tasty, and healthy. The entire experience was fun, challenging, personally meaningful. I came away feeling confident and incredibly proud of myself. I can't wait to return for another adventure in the future!!
  4-Day Traveling Light Sawtooth Hiking Trip
Paul D
We booked a 4 day backpacking trip with Sawtooth Mountain Guides. I feel that the owner & guide helped us choose the best routes for our skill level. We had been backpacking in the past but needed to get acclimated to the altitude. The equipment was good and our guide worked hard to make it a great trip. Unfortunately he got sick and we had to hike out a day early. The owner Chris set us up in Stanley & arranged a climbing trip on our last day; so everyone had a great experience. I really appreciate the effort on the part of Chris & our guides Randall & Caleb.
  Multi-Day Backpacking , Intro Rock Climbing