I first visited the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho in 1981 with my friend Chris- we went to ride bikes in the Stanley Basin. I have been back many times to ride and camp and even to play soccer but this was my first trip into the backcountry.

We covered about 40 miles, hiked over three passes, and camped on four different lakes during our five night, six day trip. Mary, Molly, Fionnuala, and I were joined by our friends Linda and Mathew who we have traveled with in the Olympic Mountains, the Cascades and to Hawaii.

After a long drive from Washington and Oregon, we car camped the first night on Little Redfish Lake. We started our backpacking trip with a very scenic boat ride up Redfish Lake (saved us about eight miles of hiking) and then headed up and over the beautiful Crammer Divide. We spent two nights on Edna Lake where we declared an adult skinny dipping beach and while the kids also swam it sure wasn’t from our beach. We did a day hike out of Edna Lake and explored some of the other lakes in the area and then hiked over to the beautiful but buggy Toxaway Lake. The next day it was up and over Sonwyside Pass to Alice Lake where we spent our last night in the backcountry.