The Sawtooth, White Cloud and Salmon River Ranges which encircle Stanley offer hands down some of the best backpacking, hiking, and climbing anywhere in the lower 48 states.
From day hikes to alpine lakes to multi-day traverses and loops to limitless peak bagging and world-recognized rock and alpine climbing, Stanley is a true backcountry mecca. Hundreds of high mountain lakes are linked by maintained and marked trails in all three ranges with trailheads a matter of minutes from downtown Stanley. World famous alpine routes on the region’s bomber granite attract climbers from all continents while families revel in the plethora of shorter hikes to a multitude of pristine mountain lakes.
Local hiking, climbing, horseback, and fishing guides offer trips both single day and multi-day trips into the Sawtooths, White Cloud, and Salmon River Range areas.
Guidebooks and Maps
One of the best trailmaps for the area is the Sawtooth/White Cloud, Idaho Trail Map and Guide by Adventure Maps, Inc. which can be purchased online or locally.
US Forest Service Sawtooth NRA and Ketchum Ranger District Map
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While many area hikes are straightforward, it is suggested that travelers procure and be able to read a good map of the area and carry a GPS device with the appropriate maps loaded.