My favorite part of Idaho is the south central region. When I really want to escape humanity and lose myself in the natural beauty of the state, I can always count on the Sawtooth National Forest to deliver.
I have written extensively over the years about my fondness for Stanley Lake. When I first moved to Idaho in 2016, I started traveling to the area on a regular basis. We carried our kayaks up into the mountains for weekend camping. Alturas, Stanley, and Redfish Lakes offer some of the most beautiful scenery you can find. The lakes are also easily accessible.
For those who enjoy more secluded and challenging outdoor adventures, hiking the Alice Toxaway Loop Trail is said to be one of the best experiences Idaho has to offer. The hike covers over 18 miles at an elevation of over 3,200 feet. The highest vantage point surrounding the trail loop is Snowyside Pass, which offers views of nearby meadows and peaks at an elevation of over 9,300 feet.
I came across a fantastic YouTube download that was posted a year ago by hikers who have come full circle. The footage is incredible and shows viewers some of the most breathtaking places on the nearly 20 mile journey.
The Alice Toxaway Loop can take anywhere from one to three days, according to information shared online. Alice Lake is located 98 miles north of Twin Falls and is easier to access during the warmer months. Hope to have the opportunity to explore this incredible part of the Sawtooth Mountain wilderness very soon.
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