Sawtooth Lake is the largest of all lakes in the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area, Custer County, Idaho, USA. The lake sits at 8,430 feet (2,569m) above sea-level and is a 5 mile hike from the nearest trailhead, which is Iron Creek Campground. Iron Creek Campground is 5 miles (by road) from the town of Stanley, Idaho. The 5 mile hike is on a well maintained hiking trail and has an elevation change of 1,720 feet (524m).
This image was taken on September 29, 2011 from the southern shoreline of the lake. Sawtooth Lake is approximately 4,600 feet (0.88 miles, 1,400m) long and 2,200 feet (0.42 miles, 666m) wide and has a shoreline distance of 2.32 miles (3.74km). The southern end of the lake spends most of its day shaded by the 10,190 foot (3105m) Mount Regan (not pictured).
Winters are harsh at Sawtooth Lake, which remains ice and snow covered over half the year. The best time for visiting in summer weather is August through October.
On the east side of Sawtooth Lake is Alpine Peak (9,861 feet, 3005m, pictured) as well as 7 other unnamed peaks above 9,000 feet (2,743m).
Idaho is a state located in the northwestern region of the United States of America. Idaho is the 14th largest state by area, ranks 39th by population and 53rd by population density of the 50 United States. Idaho was the 43rd state to be admitted into the Union, on July 3, 1890. Idaho is landlocked, being bordered by Canada on the north and the states of Washington and Oregon on the west, Nevada and Utah on the south and Montana and Wyoming on the east. Idaho is nicknamed "The Gem State" because nearly every known gemstone is found within the state. Idaho is also famous for producing about one third of all potatoes grown in the USA. Idaho also hosts the largest barrel cheese factory in the world, producing 120K metric tons of cheese per year. There is some ambiguity as to where the name "Idaho" came from, but it is generally believed to have simply been made up by George M. Willing. There is a possibility it was derived from a Native American phrase. Idaho is very mountainous and is a popular outing destination of the outdoorsman. The state population was about 1.58M in July 2011 with 84% being Caucasian, 11.2% Hispanic and 1.1% Native American. The state capital and largest city is Boise.Source: wikipedia