A Love of the Sawtooths By Michele Haynes

It’s hard to come up with words to describe the beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains. They are so much more than just a mountain range. For me, they are a place where I have pushed myself to be stronger and, in the process, have made some amazing memories with my parents and siblings.

Idaho’s El Capitan at Sunset... Alice Lake... My Happy Place.

It's become a family tradition to meet in Stanley every September to embark on another epic adventure. I grew up backpacking around the McCall area and, let me tell you, the Sawtooth Mountains are like no others I have seen. They are rugged and beautiful…dotted with countless crystal clear lakes. The views are indescribable.

Crystal Clear Water and Rugged Mountains.

Although I love everything about the time I spend in the mountains, there is something special about the mornings. Enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the sun creep down the mountain and across the lake is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

My siblings and I are so grateful to our parents, who instilled a love of backpacking in us.

I’m so excited to be taking my husband, Nick, and our three boys on their first Sawtooth backpacking trip this summer. I absolutely cannot wait for them to fall in love with this beautiful mountain range like I have.

(Photo of El Capitan by Greg Baker; others by Michele Haynes)