Sawtooth Mountains and Little Redfish Lake
Trip Start Sep 06, 2007
6Trip End Sep 17, 2007
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Zac and I were prepared for 80-degree days and 40-degree nights. On the first night, temps dropped to the low-20s. Brrrrrrr.
The uncomfortable nights were well worth the views. We camped at Little Redfish Lake, a smaller, less-traveled area of the Sawtooths. We were spoiled by gorgeous sunsets and a calm, secluded wilderness. There were only seven camp sites in our campground so it really felt like we were all by ourselves.
On Saturday we went on a day hike to Sawtooth Lake.
Zac led the hike like a wild man on coke. We reached the lake in 2 ½ hours.
My jaw dropped when I first saw the 20-acre lake. I've never seen a lake so big, so secluded, surrounded by some of the most picturesque crags. I wanted to take a dip into the lake. How many times do you get to skinny dip in a lake this size, you know?
I dipped my big toe in the water and the water was freezing, so I was content just to soak in the view.
I can't get over how nice everyone was on the trail. In addition to people saying 'hello,' many of them stopped to talk to us. It wasn't uncommon to stop for five minutes and chat about where I was from or how our trip was going. A couple older folks we met on the trail talked to us about wild college parties and hanky panky
Our fantasy day in fantasy land started to come to an end when winds in the area started gusting strong enough to blow my hat off of my head. The clouds coming over the ridge were pretty ominous so we played it safe and headed back down the mountain. Our trip was over too soon.
Tomorrow is a rest day for me before I head out on a solo 4- or 5-day trip through Hell's Canyon. I'll be hiking on the Seven Devil's Loop near the deepest canyon in the U.S. Hopefully I'll be back Friday or Saturday to tell you about the trip.