4-Day Traveling Light Sawtooth Hiking Trip

Imagine carrying only a light daypack while hiking through some of the best scenery of the Sawtooths!

Want to go backpacking without the heavy backpack? Then our 4-Day Traveling Light Sawtooth Hiking Trip is your dream come true. Enjoy some of the best scenery the Sawtooths have to offer while we carry the heavy stuff!

Hiking 5-10 miles each day with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, you’ll arrive at camp each night to find the camping gear waiting for you. Your guide will whip up dinner while you relax at the edge of an alpine lake or cast a line. After a hearty breakfast in the morning, you’ll leave your camping gear right where it is and hit the trail – again with a light pack!

Our incredible 4-day itinerary will take you through the heart of the Sawtooth range connecting valleys, high passes, and alpine basins with new vistas around every corner. Each night, fall asleep listening to a burbling creek or seeing the glimmering reflection of the moon on an alpine lake. And as a certified International Dark Sky Reserve, spending a night under the Sawtooth stars is a one-of-a-kind experience!

If you want to cover some ground without shouldering a heavy load, this is the trip for you! This is also a great option for kids ready to experience the outdoors but groan at the idea of carrying a big backpack.

See photos from this trip! 

Below is a sample itinerary. Your guide may select an alternate route to better suit your goals and desires.

  View a map of the trip.

Day 1: Starting at Petit Lake, we’ll hike to a camp at Toxaway Lake. We’ll watch the reflection on the lake as the sun sets over Snowyside Peak. 8 miles. 

Day 2: Get ready for a big day of high mountain passes and stunning vistas. From our camp at Toxaway, we’ll hike over the Sand Mountain Divide and drop into the “Old Lady Lakes” on the remote west side of the Sawtooths. We’ll then climb to Hidden Lake and camp there for the night.  8 miles.

Day 3: After crossing a high pass above Hidden Lake, you’ll be back on the east side of the Sawtooths at the head of the Redfish drainage. A lunch break and Cramer Lakes will provide an opportunity for a refreshing swim. We’ll camp several miles before reaching Redfish Lake. 8 miles.

Day 4: Today we’ll make a side hike from camp to Saddleback Lakes beneath the 1000 foot granite face of the Elephant’s Perch. We’ll lunch at the lakes before returning to camp, packing up, and hiking out a few miles to a waiting boat shuttle across Redfish Lake. We’ll finish with celebratory beers at Redfish Lake Lodge! 5 miles.

  View a map of this route.

 Difficulty: Able to hike 5-10 miles each day, with elevation gains up to 2500 vertical feet

 Duration: 4 days

 Meeting Time: 9am

 Meeting Location: Sawtooth Mountain Guides Office in Stanley, Idaho

 What We Provide:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and professional guide
  • Backpacking tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – from first lunch to last day lunch
  • Redfish Lake boat shuttle if necessary

 What We Carry:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad
  • Cook equipment
  • Food
  • Emergency equipment

 What You Carry:

  • A 30L daypack
  • Your personal clothing, toiletries, and other items
  • Lunch and water – you provide your own snacks
  • Trekking poles highly recommended
  • By adhering to our recommendations, your pack weight should be around 15-20 pounds

Please review the equipment list for more details.

 The rates below are for the suggested 4-day itinerary above. Longer trips or different itineraries are available and are priced on a custom basis.

Ratio: 4:1


1 person$3300/person
2 people$2000/person
3 people$1750/person
4 or more$1450/person