Sawtooth Range

(Stanley ID)
My first stop going into the Sawtooth Range was at a viewpoint overlooking the headwaters area for the Salmon River. The valley below and mountains beyond was a good start to some wonderful scenery.

Mountains, field, trees

Sawtooth Range

Before reaching Stanley, I boondocked next to the Salmon River and near to Hell Roaring Creek which emptied into it. It was a tight fit between some pine trees. By the next morning I was eager to continue.

River, trees

Salmon River

Creek, cascades, logs

Hell Roaring Creek

Next, I visited Redfish Lake which sat at the base of the peaks. There was a lodge, lots of boaters, and people everywhere. Thankfully, the Visitor Center had WiFi for my internet needs.

Little Redfish Lake & Sawtooth Mountains

Little Redfish Lake

Lake, peak, tree

Stanley Lake & Elk Mountain

Stanley Lake was more to my liking, as it was a more remote setting and peaceful without the crowds. Took some photos and then visited a gallery, and had lunch in Stanley. Afterward, I followed Valley Creek for pix, and then found a nice boondock camp nearby the serene lake.

Stream, trees, mountains

Valley Creek

River, cascade, trees

Salmon River Rapids

A drive along the Salmon River and the Yankee Fork provided more pretty views. I rested next to some soothing cascades to have lunch. And then, continued following the river canyon. Went exploring up the East Fork in hopes of finding a boondock camp, but without luck.

Rocke, river, rapids

Yankee Fork

River, rapids, tree

East Fork

So, I dry camped in a BLM campground at the confluence of the East Fork and Salmon River. I enjoyed my trek through the Sawtooths; although, I think to see the really spectacular stuff would mean getting back into the Sawtooth Wilderness area.

Camps: Sawtooth NF-Hell Roaring Creek & Stanley Lake boondocks,
East Fork CG-BLM drycamp
Scene: Mountains, rivers, creeks, lakes

4 Responses to Sawtooth Range

  1. Michelle July 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    • Pleinguy July 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed the post and images.

  2. Upriverdavid July 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    I just got back from there this past Monday. The back road to Challis from The Yankee Fork Dredge, town of Custer, was a nice drive. Not for a trailer or motorhome. I also enjoyed the cool nights; it got down to 36º last night.

    • Pleinguy July 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

      Sounds like you had fun. I’ve seen those dredges before, so didn’t feel the need to go up there. Pretty area though.

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