scenery was unbelievable and I honestly don’t know of another area that is more inspiring in Idaho. You’d have to see it to believe it! Pictures don’t do it justice!
The fishing was excellent for small trout. I was very eager to catch larger trout which we finally found near the end of the week in the Upper Chamberlain Lakes. This is also where we stumbled across a lake where we all caught several Golden Trout which was the highlight of my trip. Rick caught a Golden that was a foot long. It is also where my brother Justin caught a small Grayling, which like the Golden I had never caught. Throw in Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook Trout and between the three of us we caught all five alpine lake species on this one trip. Awesome!!!!!!!!
My first Golden Trout
Sunday: We drove to the trailhead on Sunday evening past the fires in Ketchum which were very close to town. As we approached the Sawtooth Valley I began to get very nervous watching the storm that was rolling in over the Sawtooths and the storm that was already pounding the White Cloud Peaks. We later found out from hikers that it snowed Sunday evening up around the peaks where we would be staying Monday night. Nice way to start the trip!
Monday: 6 miles (4 miles of trail, 2 miles cross-country) Elevation: Trailhead 8800’; climb over saddle 9900’ to Ants Basin & Born Lakes 9500’; climb over saddle 10200’ to Four Lakes Basin 9900’ and down to Quiet Lake 9242’. Lakes: Born Lakes (3 of the lakes are decent fishing); Four Lakes Basin (Cornice, Emerald, Rock & Glacier); Quiet Lake Fish: Small Cutthroat
It was windy, clear and cold (32°) when we started out. Only the excitement of the moment got us moving. It quickly warmed as we moved up the trail and before we knew it we were looking down at 4th of July Lake. As we crested the first big ridge the views of the White Cloud peaks and Ants Basin and the Sawtooths across the valley were stunning. We felt like we were on a National Geographic expedition.