Sawtooth Range (Idaho)
|Elevation||10,751 ft (3,277 m)|
|Length||43 mi (69 km) N/S|
|Width||25 mi (40 km) E/W|
|Area||678 sq mi (1,760 km2)|
|Range coordinates||Coordinates: |
The Sawtooth Range is part of the Rocky Mountains, located within a few miles of Stanley, Idaho, in the Western United States. Much of mountain range is within the Sawtooth Wilderness, part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It encompass an area of 678 square miles (1,756 km2) spanning parts of Custer, Boise, Blaine, and Elmore counties, and is bordered to the east by the Sawtooth Valley.
Camping is permitted anywhere in the wilderness. Numerous popular campgrounds exist in the peaks and around the Stanley, Idaho area, including at Redfish Lake and Little Redfish Lake, and Iron Creek near the bottom of the range. Restrictions on fires and animals apply in some areas.
In 2010, scientists from Idaho State University discovered the Sawtooth Fault near the base of the mountains, running for 40 mi (64 km) near Stanley and Redfish Lake. The most recent large quakes along it occurred around 4,000 and 7,000 years ago. It is estimated the fault could produce a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale, potentially felt as far as Boise.
There are 57 peaks over 10,000 feet in the Sawtooth Range, all falling between 10,000 feet and 10,751-foot (3,277 m) Thompson Peak, a remarkable evenness of height. Another 77 fall between 9,000 feet and 10,000 feet, further evidence of the source of the jagged Sawtooth's name.
Climbs range in difficulty between the 9,150 foot Observation Peak, a Class 1 hike, and 8,980 foot King Spire, a rock route rated Class 5.10 on the Yosemite Decimal System.
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- Sawtooth National Forest - official website