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Four Day Trip to Toxaway

When planning the perfect pack trip for a specific group, one of the first questions we always ask is “how much time do you have?”. The next question typically centers around what the group is most interested in doing while in the back country, fishing, hiking, riding, ect. For a family or group of friends that are looking to do a four day trip that encompasses all of the above, you really can’t go wrong with a pack trip to Toxaway Lake.

toxaway lake, back country tripsToxaway Lake is a large glacial lake located nine miles from the Tin Cup Trail Head. This large crystal blue body of water fills the valley and leaves spectators in awe. BUT, the scenery of Toxaway is not the best part! Toxaway is situated beneath two passes. The trail that cuts up and to the north leads you to the top of Sand Mountain pass. The views will absolutely take your breath away. The trail winds down the other side to Edna, Vernon and Virginia Lake. These lakes boast some of the best fishing in Sawtooth Mountains with multiple species of gorgeous trout just waiting to hit the end of your line! The trail that wraps around the inlet of Toxaway Lake and to the south takes you up to Snowy Side Pass. Snowy Side never disappoints as you gaze down at Twin Lakes and if you continue further down the trail you will find yourself  peering down at Alice Lake.

Day one, you meet your guides at the Tin Cup Trail Head. The anticipation of the trip is palpable, not just from the expecting clients but from the guide staff, who tozaway base campwait all year to spend time in these mountains. You will get to watch our experienced packers load all of your personal gear and camping equipment onto our veteran pack horses. They will readily explain to you their knowledge of the knots and loops that have been in use since the dawn of packing history. The ride into Toxaway varies from the open hill slopes above Petit Lake to lodge pole pine forests. A stop at Farley Lake allows you to stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty lunch with the magnificent peaks looking down on you and the bright blue lake before you. The nine mile ride leads you to our base camp above Toxaway Lake. This tucked away camp offers solitude from the trail traffic and a gorgeous meadow to pitch a tent for the duration of your stay. A fresh spring bubbles nearby and the horses enjoy their meals from their high line area.

Day two and three, you awake to the smell of coffee as the guides have drinks and breakfast ready with a warm smile.  Each day holds numerous opportunities for Snowy Side Passyou and your group. You can pack a lunch and ride your trusty horses over the high mountain passes to fish the Sawtooth Wilderness trout or you can take a chair and a good book down to Toxaway Lake and enjoy the quiet beauty of the area. More of a hiker? Hike to the waterfall at the inlet of Toxaway Lake and scramble up it to get some amazing views that can only be seen on foot. Each night the guides will have the fire ring set up so that you can enjoy that campfire aura before snuggling into your tents and sleeping bags.

Day four, after filling up on good food and coffee, you will have a little time to take one last visit down to the lake. The guides will begin to saddle your horses and pack up camp. Once again, lunches will be packed and the trail will be waiting. The ride home will seem to fly by and soon you will be at the trail head meeting the packers as they unload your gear and put the horses in the trailer.

This once in a lifetime trip will not soon fade from anyone’s memories. The views, the food, the horses and the good company will follow you home back to your daily routine. You may find yourself day dreaming all year, like we do, about being back in the Sawtooth Mountains.

For more photos and a first hand account of a four day trip to Toxaway Lake from a return client and avid outdoorsman, click here.

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Family Friendly Vacation

town of Stanley, ID

The cozy little town of Stanley, Idaho. Located just 60 minutes north of Sun Valley. Stanley offers some of the best outdoor activities in Idaho

Sun Valley, Idaho is one of the best places for families to spend their summer vacation! Located near Wilderness and National Forests but also hosting resorts and spas, Sun Valley offers the perfect variety of activities for any family! Family Friendly Trail Rides

When vacationing in Sun Valley, families have endless options of activities and sights to see but a trail ride at Redfish Corral is definitely at the top of the list! Redfish Corral is located just 60 minutes north of Sun Valley, Idaho, and offers a unique trail riding experience in some of the most beautiful wilderness that Idaho has to offer.

The drive from the Sun Valley and Ketchum area to Redfish Corral is along the scenic byway and offers gorgeous glimpses of the mountains, rivers and forests. Once you cross over Galena Summit the view opens up to the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains and you will be blown away by the rugged beauty. The highway drops down into the Sawtooth Valley and meanders by the Salmon River all the way up to your turn off for Redfish Lake.

When you arrive at Redfish Corral, you will be greeted by the professional and friendly staff. Redfish Corral guides are always kind and courteous and put the safety and happiness of their guests first. They will be sure to equip your kiddos (6-12 years old) with a certified equestrian helmet and demonstrate to every rider the riding basics before helping you saddle up. The knowledgeable staff does their best to fit you and your family with the perfect horse that will be your trail companion for the length of the ride. The guides are very familiar with kids and beginner riders so they do a exceptional job of helping put your nerves at ease while also explaining what you need to know about trail riding.

If you have a children that are five years old or younger, Redfish Corral won’t leave you hanging! The staff will happily help the little ones saddle up for a short pony young trail ridersride around the corral. These complimentary pony rides on the gentle trail horses are a great introduction to riding and are also a great photo opportunity!

After your trail ride, you will want to continue down the road to Redfish Lake where you can take the family swimming, fishing, shopping, bike riding and even grab a bite to eat!

When planning your family vacation to Sun Valley, Idaho, don’t miss out on the family friendly trail rides at Redfish Corral! This top kid-friendly activity may easily become the highlight of your trip.

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Guided Trail Rides in Idaho

guided trail rides, horseback rides in Idaho,Mystic Saddle Ranch is a well-known name in Idaho and has been since 1969. Known for our excellent customer service and exceptional standards, Mystic Saddle Ranch is a company people trust. Redfish Corrals also has a extraordinary reputation in the Stanley area. Hardly any family comes to Stanley, Idaho without making a visit out to Redfish Lake. Redfish Lake Lodge supplies endless activities for visitors of all ages. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, pontoon boats and the list goes on and on. There is often live music playing in the evenings and you can sit out on the beach or in the grass and listen as you enjoy a snack from the gift shop or dinner from the gazebo. Hiking and biking trails attract the active crowd while the stylish Limbert’s restaurant provides dining for the elegant.

A trip to Redfish Lake just isn’t complete without a guided trail ride at Redfish Corral. Redfish Corral is located just before the lodge and offers a variety of options, from pony rides for little kids under six years old to full day trips.  The guides at Redfish Corral are friendly and knowledgeable and always put the safety of their guests’ first. They know the landscape well and happily share their information of the geology, flora, fauna and history. The horses at the corral are surefooted and gentle. These working animals are well groomed and fed as evident by their big bellies and shining coats.

Nervous riders find their footing at Redfish Corral as the guides and horses take great care to maneuver through spectacular terrain. You will often catch a glimpse ofguided trail rides in Idaho, Idaho trail rides, horseback tours, scenic trail rides Idaho’s wildlife from the trail as your steady mountain horse pick its away through the meadows and trees. Eagles may fly overhead as you pass by Little Redfish Lake and mother mule deer will peek at you with their small fawns watching nearby.

The views from the trail ride will leave you speechless and wanting more. The majestic Sawtooth Mountains lay before you as you ride past lodgepole pine forests and delicate mountain flowers.

If you plan on being in the Stanley or Sun Valley area, don’t miss out on a day trip to Redfish Lake! Enjoy the scenery, the lodge and the horses! We hope to see you soon!



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Now Booking Trips for the 2018 Season!

Now that everyone has had a chance to breathe after the holidays and really settle into the new year, families are starting to think about the upcoming summer and how to best spend their hard-earned vacation days. Many parents dream of taking their kids on a camping trip that they will remember forever but shudder at the thought of all of the expenses and hassle that can go along with that. Many folks want to see new places that they’ve never been and try something new but have no idea how to accomplish such a goal and enjoy the experience in the process.

Mystic Saddle Ranch (MSR) has the perfect solution for any family that is looking to spend time outdoors. Whether a family is new to camping or just new to outfitted camping, MSR can customize the perfect trip. MSR takes care of all the prep and anxiety that goes into planning the perfect family vacation.

To customize the trip of a life-time just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Call the friendly owners of Mystic Saddle Ranch at 207-774-3591.
  2. Discuss the best dates for your group and how many days you would like to spend in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains.
  3. Pick what activities fit your family best. Are you looking to ride, hike, fish or lounge around the lake?
  4. Decided if you want a fully catered trip that includes all the camping amenities; guides, horses and tack or if you would prefer to be dropped off at the best lake for your group and picked back up at the end of your stay.
  5. Book it!

When booking a trip with Mystic Saddle Ranch, you will work directly with the owners who can easily direct you to the best location for your trip. The owners can recommend the best lakes for fishing, the perfect destination for nervous riders or the best length for campers who want to access the heart of the wild country. They are willing and ready to answer all your questions. When you book a trip of four or more people with MSR you will be in the back country with only your family, they will never bundle groups into one camp site to increase the bottom line. Each trip is customized and tailored to fit that particular group.

The 2018 calendar is now open for reservations. Don’t hesitate to talk to the professionals at Mystic Saddle Ranch! Be sure to check out reviews to hear what other groups had to say about their experience with MSR.

Mystic Saddle Ranch- Tripadvisor Reviews


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Hunt with the Best Hunting Outfitter in Idaho!

Mystic Saddle Ranch offers some of the best-guided hunts in the state of Idaho. No matter what species you have hunted before, MSR can customize the perfect trip for you. MSR offers guided hunts for Elk, Deer, Bear, Wolf and Mountain Lion.

As the hunting community grows, guided hunts are fast becoming the outdoorsman’s perfect opportunity to hunt big game in new country and be successful.


Guided Elk Hunting in Idaho

By doing a guided hunt, you can focus on the primary objective of harvesting your desired game while leaving all of the cumbersome tasks of camp to the outfitter. Let MSR staff cook, clean, prep and manage stock so that you can simply hunt. MSR guides are trained professionals and will do their best to ensure that you have an enjoyable trip with the best hunting opportunities possible. MSR stock will carry you where you need to be to find game and are also key in packing out what you harvest. No more worrying about packing out elk quarters on your back!

The 2018 season offers new opportunities to hunt trophy elk as MSR has acquired a draw-only unit. The hunting in Fish and Game Unit 36A-2 is spectacular and the tags are some of the most sought after in Idaho. As the licensed outfitter in this unit, MSR is allotted four rifle tags and numerous archery tags. The draw-only unit ensures that hunting pressure is low and the excellent range conditions have made the unit prime habitat for trophy elk. The sportsmen who book these hunts have the opportunity to hunt bull elk during the rut. There is nothing quite like the sounds of a massive bull elk bugling in the cool fall morning air.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to hunt with one of the best hunting outfitters in the state of Idaho! Call MSR today to discuss the hunt that is right for you! 208-774-3591

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