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Sawtooth – Warbonnet Lake Lolipop

Specs

Location Sawtooth National Forest, ID
Grandjean trailhead
Distance 29 miles
Total Elevation Gain 6600 ft
Topographic Map

Description

A neat, long-sticked lolipop out of the popular Grandjean trailhead in Sawtooth National Forest. The focus of this route is the challenging Packrat Pass. It involves a steep climb up a snowfield in the early season (axe and spikes recommended) or a sloppy scree field later in the year.

Coming down toward Alpine Lake off the Baron Divide, you’ll be able to see this pass. It definitely appears as… questionable from the distance. But the long approach will give you a lot of time to build your confidence.

Once over the pass, there is a short ridge scramble due west to the pass that will drop you down in to Warbonnet lake. Scramble over the huge boulders and side-hill or climb up and over to lower Bead Lake for a nice campsite with a view of Warbonnet peak.

The pass just north of Warbonnet Lake, which I used to exit, is much easier to approach and could be used to both access and exit the rarely visited Feather Lakes. But, like, what’s the fun in that?


Notes

  • The entire section down to Warbonnet has no trail. The passes are pretty obvious, though I think I would have struggled to find the Warbonnet Lake pass from the Baron Divide.
  • This could be done as an overnight with an early start for experienced hikers. Those without much off-trail experience should plan for three days.

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