Sawtooths, ID

Cramer Lakes
Sawtooth Mountains
Stanley, ID

This backpacking retreat leads you to the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains located near Stanley, Idaho over high elevation passes, alpine basins and meadows covered with wildflowers, rugged mountains spires towering above pristine lakes, and a sky full of stars. Participants will experience alpine lake swims, river rock slides, crossing streams and experiencing remote areas all to themselves. Participants must be physically capable of carrying a 30-40 pound backpack while hiking 5-10 miles each day. On the last day of the retreat, guests will enjoy soothing their sore muscles in a private natural geothermal hot spring overlooking the mountain range they just spent the past four days in. We are happy to be partnering with Sawtooth Mountain Guides to this beautiful location.

What to expect on this retreat

Day 1

We will meet everyone at the Sawtooth Mountain Guide office as we have our orientation and gear check. We will distribute your gear and pack our snacks for our first hike in. We will be taking a shuttle boat across Red Fish Lake as you take in what will only be a taste of what you will experience for 4 days! We will hike around 4 miles to our first basecamp as we enjoy a delicious meal near the river and the night sky hovering over us as we enjoy a campfire all together.  

Day 2

We will wake up to sunrise pouring into the canyon over rugged peaks as we enjoy breakfast and warm drinks and a navigation lesson with a mini topography class. We will then pack up camp to make our approach continuing through Red Fish canyon heading towards the Cramer Lakes. We will enjoy our hike as we experience a steady uphill grade. As we make it to our camp for the remainder of the time, we will take our time setting up and relaxing, you can even jump right into the lakes or play in the waterfall minutes away.

Day 3

Starting the day with warm drinks and cooked breakfast is the ultimate wake up call as you open your tent to jewel blue skies, fresh air and a nice stretch. We will prepare our day packs and lunch as we get ready to explore many alpine lakes, perfect for a swim, enjoying time in a basin filled with more wildflowers than you count and making our way to see views of Temple and the west face of Mt. Cramer. When we have all had enough time to ponder and experience this beautiful scenery, we will hike back to camp for down time, swimming, and make dinner to finish the evening with fireside chats.

Day 4 

We will have a relaxing wake up with breakfast and warm drinks as we pack up camp and prepare descend to our last campsite to Flat Rock junction and Red Fish Creek 5 miles away. We will enjoy our laughs and story telling on this hike out as we come to natural rock slides and beautiful clear water where fish will swim up to you as you become apart of these natural features. We will make our last meal as we participate in our last campfire fireside and plan to head out the next day.

Day 5

Waking up and putting on a pack that is half the weight is sometimes the best feeling during a multi day trip as this one. However, feelings of bittersweet will come over you as we take in the final moments of this beautiful area which will always have a place in your heart. We will take the boat shuttle across Red Fish Lake and head back to the Sawtooth Mountain Guide office as we turn in our gear and prepare for our private session at Mountain Village Hot Springs. We usually head into town to enjoy a delicious burger, fries and an ice cold drink!

"I respected and enjoyed our leaders. They were tuned into the emotional state of each of the group members. They were very good at creating a positive, fun, accepting atmosphere. They supported and trusted each other. They navigated effectively. Were properly certified and had plans in place so I felt safe when it came to health issues or emergencies." 

Sign Me Up!

We are very fortunate to partner with Sawtooth Mountain Guides as they believe in our mission. Founded in 1985, Sawtooth Mountain Guides is rooted in a long history of mountain adventure first established by the original Sawtooth pioneers and homesteaders who explored the local mountains and rivers. Heading into the wilds with a Sawtooth Guide, you are accompanied by professionals who have first hand knowledge of the area having lived here for years.

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Which airport should I fly into?

Sun Valley's closest major airports are Boise (BOI) and Salt Lake City (SLC). Located 2.5 hours west of Sun Valley, the drive from Boise crosses over the Bennett Hills and through the Camas Prairie before turning north into the mountains. The Boise Airport services all major car rental companies.

Will someone be there to pick me up or do I need to arrange my own transportation to our meeting point?

You will need to make your own arrangements. Participants try to coordinate this information to each other as they rent vehicles to the retreat destination. You will have their info as the retreat get's closer.


It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.

Naturally, no one books with the intention of cancelling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please purchase travel cancellation insurance once you have made your reservation.


If you cancel your trip, AndShesDopeToo does not offer refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as credit for another retreat to be taken the next calendar year.

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation penalties may apply.

Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  • If you cancel more than 90 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 89 – 60 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 59 – 30 days before your retreat start date, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 60% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 30 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason. We do not offer credit for a guest arriving late or leaving early.


If AndShesDopeToo must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payment to us.

AndShesDopeToo is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.

Here is a list of personal essentials we encourage all participants to bring on this retreat:

- 32 oz Water bottle to keep your filtered water stored

- Hiking shoes/boots that are already broken in

- Water shoes (Chaco type that have a strap)

- Toiletries/keep it simple

- Sun cover: sunglasses, hat with brim

- lip balm

- lightweight waterproof jacket/pants

- quick drying shorts/shirt

- long thermals, top and bottom( synthetic, no cotton)

- insulated layer (light puffy or fleece)

- lightweight gloves

- 2/3 pairs of hiking socks (no cotton)

- quick drying underwear/sports bra

Optional Items for comfort:

- swimsuit

- lightweight pack-able camp pillow

- journal/notebook

- camera