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Sawtell Mountain Trail to Lake Marie

Henry's Lake from Sawtelle Peak

Mount Jefferson is one of the best trails in the area for wildflower and landscape viewing. The trail starts on the west side of the parking area. A gentle grade downhill with some uphill and then more downhill to Lake Marie.

Date of Hike: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Distant Point to Point: 4.2 miles

Elevation gain: be aware that if we make it down to the lake we will have to start going uphill on the way back.

Forest: Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Ashton-Island Park Ranger District


The trailhead is 1.7 miles below the peak marked at a bend in the road.

  • The trailhead is located on a hairpin curve 9.8 miles from the highway. Some maps show the trail leaving a little further up the road, but that entry has been removed. The current trailhead is marked by a small sign that designates the trail as a “no motorized vehicle” trail at a wide spot where three or four cars may park.
  • From Idaho Falls, Idaho head north on Highway 20 approximately 85 miles (about 1.5 miles north of Mack’s Inn) to a turn to the west on to Sawtell Peak Road. The road is approximately 13 miles to the top of the mountain and climbs 3,440 feet in elevation.
  • Meeting: Fred Meyer/ Mc Donald’s parking Lot at 8:00 AM or at the trailhead at 9:00 on Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Contact Susan McKinley at if you are coming.

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