This moderately lengthy overnight hike takes you quickly into the secluded interior of the Sawtooths. From Cramer Lakes and Hidden Lake, you will see scenery that is never seen from any road.
Photo: [Top] Cramer Lakes, with Upper Cramer at left.
The hike begins with a boat ride to the Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp, as described in the Baron Lakes day trip report. Follow the Redfish Lake Creek trail southwest as it climbs gently and steadily to the Alpine Lake (of Redfish Creek) turnoff. Take the left fork and continue south past an unnamed pair of lakes. At 6 miles, the trail arrives at Lower Cramer Lake, elevation 8340', the smallest of the three Cramers. Middle Cramer Lake has a special treat for your camera, and you'll only know by going there. Upper Cramer is the largest of the threesome.
Photo: [Bottom] Hidden Lake from the N.
From here, the trail continues to a lake that is nestled between high ridges of the Sawtooths, but not without some effort. The pass below Mt. Cramer is another mile, elevation 9500', an 1100' gain. Hidden Lake is one more mile, with a drop of 950', to some country that most Sawtooth hikers never see. The trail continues from here to Edna Lake and a possible loop trip back to Redfish via Imogene Lake.
Stats: 8.3 miles, elevation gain 2950', loss 950', high point (the pass) 9500'.
Getting there: The trip begins at the Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp.