The Sawtooth High Route

We got to experience another trip in the Sawtooths this August.  Joining my wife Tuckie and I were daughters Ciera and Laura, Laura's boyfriend Jason, and long time hiking buddy Kevin and his lovely wife Suzanne. Kevin and Suzanne got a head start as we were delayed by detours caused by the Pioneer fire.  They hiked toward Toxaway lake the first day, and we 5 (shown below) started the next day.

We camped at a small unnamed lake below Toxaway, and didn't hook up with the Anderson's until the next day. Below: Tuckie, Ciera, Laura, and Jason.  On the hike in Tuckie tripped and fell on her forearm on the rocky trail.  Between the 5 of us we had enough first aid supplies to bandage her arm, but we were lucky she didn't break her arm. She was tough enough to keep going a bit more till we found a nice campsite.

The next day we headed to Toxaway, only to learn that the Anderson's had pushed on to Edna Lake, the next lake on our route that would take us to Cramer Lake, and Redfish Lake.

 Above: Tuckie with bandage on her arm, Toxaway Lk behind.

Above: Tuckie with bandage on her arm, Toxaway Lk behind.

 Above: me with my 29 day beard from hiking the John Muir Trail.

Above: me with my 29 day beard from hiking the John Muir Trail.

We left Toxaway Lake and headed toward Edna, in pursuit of the Anderson's.  As we ascended the switchbacks we got a few last views of Toxaway.

 At the top of the divide we headed down a few miles to Edna Lake.

At the top of the divide we headed down a few miles to Edna Lake.

Heading toward Edna we saw where all the smoke was coming from. So sad to see the air filled with smoke.

We were very glad to connect with the Anderson's at Edna Lake.

 The next day we rested a bit, and the Anderson's showed us how to catch nice trout in these high altitude lakes.

The next day we rested a bit, and the Anderson's showed us how to catch nice trout in these high altitude lakes.

 Above: me and Ciera at Edna Lake.

Above: me and Ciera at Edna Lake.

 Above: Next day we headed to Cramer Divide and Cramer Lake for the night.  Jason and Laura are below before Laura's blisters got severe.

Above: Next day we headed to Cramer Divide and Cramer Lake for the night.  Jason and Laura are below before Laura's blisters got severe.

 The Anderson's at Hidden Lake, which we didn't have any trouble finding.

The Anderson's at Hidden Lake, which we didn't have any trouble finding.

 The Anderson's approaching Cramer

The Anderson's approaching Cramer

 The beautiful Shaver girls on top of Cramer Divide

The beautiful Shaver girls on top of Cramer Divide

 The whole gang on Cramer Divide.

The whole gang on Cramer Divide.