- Estimated Cost: $450
- Deposit: $150
- Max Trip Size: 6 people
The Sawtooth Range is a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in central Idaho reaching a maximum elevation of 10,751 feet at the summit of Thompson Peak and encompassing an area of 678 square miles. It is also home to nearly 400 lakes created by receding alpine glaciers.
This backpacking trip will consist of 55 miles over the course of 9 days with 2 built-in 0-days to enjoy and take in the wilderness. Average daily mileage will consist of 8 miles per day and a food cache will be picked up on or around day 5 on the trail.
Transportation to Idaho will be via 2 cars, taking 3 days each direction. We will take the north route (through North Dakota) on the way out, and the south route (through South Dakota) on the way back. Plan to camp all three nights while en-route. After completion of the trip, we will spend the night in a hotel or a bunkhouse with hot showers and camping again on the way back home.
- You must be an experienced backpacker capable of hiking 10+ miles per day with a full pack. If I’m not aware of your backpacking abilities, I will organize a practice hike with full packs in the spring to ensure your capabilities.
- Food will be provided by each individual. En route it is recommended to bring camping/backpacking food as restaurants can be sparse. No group meals will be provided as part of the trip cost.
- This trip will require two bear canisters or ursacks per person, due to the food & supply caching. Plan in advance to obtain two food storage devices.
- No latrines are available, so you must be comfortable using catholes.
- Deposits will not be due until January 31, 2020 as campsites for the drive cannot be booked until 6 months ahead of time.
- A pre-trip plan review meeting will occur in May or June of 2020, with the date to be finalized at a later time.