Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho

August can be a hot month for RVing in the Pacific Northwest. Typically you have two choices to stay cool, head to the ocean beaches or high into the mountains. If the ocean is too far, Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains offer plenty of mile high (or higher) camping options for an RVer looking for warm days and cool nights. Those that make the journey enjoy views of the scenic Sawtooth Range, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, towering forests and epic amounts of open space for camping.

While in the area, be sure to include a hike to Lady Face Falls where you will enjoy a moderate scenic hike to a beautiful waterfall with opportunities for you and/or the young ones to splash around either during your hike or after at one of the lakes or streams in the area. The trail to the falls is 4.8 miles round trip with only 273 feet of elevation gain making it suitable for everyone in the RV including the family dog. You can choose to park your RV in one of two conveniently located forest service campgrounds or from among the scores of nearby dispersed camping (boondocking) sites.


Trail to the Falls

The Trail: You will find the parking for the trailhead at: N44°14.836 W115°03.959 or if you are camped at the Inlet Campground, you can begin your hike from your campsite. Currently a forest service pass is not required to park at the trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the signs to the beginning of the nearby trail. If you are starting from the Inlet Campground you will find the trail at the west side of the campground at N44°14.655 W115°03.989. Regardless of where you start your hike, the two trails merge together within the first half mile leading you towards the falls. The first part of the trail traverses an open meadow area where you will enjoy views of McGown Peak and surrounding mountains eventually entering a forested area. When the trail starts to slightly climb and circles around to the southeast, look for a faint trail and a sign on a tree directing you to the falls. You will find the trail junction to Lady Face Falls at approximately N44°13.858 W115°05.925. Follow this side trail to the falls at N44°13.894 W115°05.758.


Lady Face Falls

Note: The falls are not a developed tourist attraction and the area above the falls consists of granite slabs covered in loose dirt and rock with no guard rails. A slip here could be potentially fatal. Be sure children are supervised when approaching the falls.

After enjoying the falls, return the way you came or head another 1.3 miles up the main trail gaining another 143 feet of elevation to Bridal Veil Falls. These ribbon-like falls are the discharge from Hansen Lake and tumble over the rim of a steep, eroded chasm on the west side of the canyon. They are best viewed from the trail at approximately N44° 12.737 W115° 06.065.

Camping:

Stanley Lake Inlet Campground provides direct trail access to the falls.

Lake View Campground is located less than a mile from the trailhead.

Dispersed camping (boondocking) is allowed on the forest service side roads approaching the campgrounds. Camping is free and limited to 16 days. The free campsite pictured is located at: N44° 15.354 W115°02.508


Great Boondocking Spot

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Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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