After that, I spent every summer hiking in the Sawtooths. In high school my parents would drop my buddies and me off near the mountains and say, "See you in five days." One of our favorite lakes was Toxaway. I remember we latched logs together with twine an old miner gave us and floated out to the island. We also climbed to the very top of the mountain at the far end of the lake, spotting more than 20 lakes from our 10,000 foot perch. For us teenagers, this “primitive area” was a blast! A few years later, it would become “official” Wilderness.