Sawtooth National Recreation Area
With 250 miles of trails, the avid hiker is not likely to become bored or exhaust the bipedal possibilities very quickly at SNRA. For example, Toxaway-Petit Loop is just one example of a challenging, multi-day hike. On the other hand, many of the SNRA trails are only a few miles long, making them great for day hiking. For example, Alpine Creek, Prairie Lakes, West Fork Prairie Creek, and Baker Lake trails all make great day hikes. Listed below is a sampling of other day hikes. All distances are round-trip.
Fishhook Creek. 4.4 miles RT. Mile Post 185.1 on Hwy. 75, turn southwest on Redfish Lake Road, go about 2.5 miles to the Visitor Center's parking lot.
Lilly Lake. 1.4 miles RT. Mile Post 185.1 on Hwy. 75, turn southwest on Redfish Lake Road, go about 2.5 miles to Redfish Lake Lodge, then take a boat across the lake to the inlet. Check with Lodge personnel for boat prices.
4th of July Lake. 3.4 miles RT. Mile Post 174.6 on Hwy. 75, turn east on 4th of July Road and go about ten miles to the trailhead.
Mill Lake. 4.4 miles RT. Mile Post 146.8 on Hwy. 75, turn west onto Prairie Creek Road, go about 2.2 miles and look for "Mill Lake" sign.
Sawtooth Lake. 10 miles RT. Mile Post 128.4 on Hwy. 21, turn south on Iron Creek Road and go about three miles to the trailhead.
Hell Roaring Lake. 10.4 miles RT. Mile Post 174.7 on Hwy. 75, turn west on Decker Flat Road, go one mile, walk south 1/4 mile on the road and look for "Hell Roaring Lake" sign.
Farley Lake. 10.2 miles RT. Mile Post 170.3 on Hwy. 75, turn west on Pettit Lake Road, go 1.6 miles to a four-way junction, turn right to "Tin Cup" hiker's trailhead, go .2 miles up Pettit Lake Trail to a side trail leading to the right, and go 1.8 miles to Farley Lake Trail.
Horton Peak. 5 miles RT. Mile Post 164.2 on Hwy. 75, turn east on Pole Creek Road, go about two miles and turn left on Valley Road and go about four miles to the base of the mountain. Or at Mile Post 174.0 on Hwy. 75, turn south on Valley Road and go about five miles to the base of the mountain.
Lookout Mountain. 10 miles RT. Mile Post 199.0 on Hwy. 75, cross the bridge onto Rough Creek Road and go four miles to trailhead. Take left fork of trail to Lookout Mountain.
Boundary Creek. 8 miles RT. Mile Post 183.6 on Hwy. 75, across from Fish Hatchery, turn east on Boundary Creek Road, and go 2.5 miles to trailhead.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication