Sawtooth lake is a beautiful alpine lake at high altitude, which is accessible via a trail with the same name. The trail is located near Stanley, Idaho and is 5 miles (8 km) one way, which takes up to 3 hours to hike (coming back takes less time and effort). It features a river and is used for hiking, camping (at the destination), snowshoeing, and backpacking. Dogs must be kept on leash. The trail is accessible year round, but keep in mind that you need more gears and skill during winter. It gets quite cold at night time during summers too. A fellow EarthSky stargazer says: “I camped here, at 8,500 feet, to see the amazing solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Added bonus: the stars were incredible at night, some of the clearest and darkest skies I’ve seen. The stars and Milky Way were breathtaking, and the lakes reflected the celestial views above. Strenuous hiking to get there, but plentiful water on the Iron Creek trail, many scenic vistas, and wonderful camping spots abound. Bring a hammock, and warm clothes for cool nighttime temperatures! Highly recommended.”
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