Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour

Scene on the Tofte Fall Color Tour

The Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour in the Tofte Ranger District is made of four linked routes:  Beaver Dam, Moose, Maple Leaf and Mountain View Drives  Each is signed at intersections to help you follow the route.  All work their way through sugar maples, moose maples, tamaracks, and birches for plenty of color usually over several weeks in the fall.  A map is available as part of the Recreational Opportunity Guide for the tour, click here for a pdf copy of the guide with map.  Drivers may also want to purchase a Forest Map that will show much more detail and allow you to explore different sections of the fall forest.  For more information on Forest Maps, click the Maps and Publications section on the left sidebar.


About the Fall Color Tour Map and road names


Roads in the Forest are designated in several ways. The name of the road is usually found on street signs at intersections, and is used on some brown navigational signs in the Forest. The road number is used on the majority of brown navigational signs in the Forest, and is often found on a plastic lath type marker post alongside the road within a few yards of intersections. The seasonal Fall Color Tour Route name is found along Fall Color Tour Routes on brown keystone shaped signs which are only up during the fall. These Route names are not the same as the road name.

A single road may have along its length different road numbers as it crosses county lines (for example, the Cramer Road is County 7 in Lake County and County 8 in Cook County) and/or different names with the same road number (again, the Cramer Road is County 7 for part of its length, then it becomes the Perent Lake Road but is still designated as County 7). The Tour Route map has road name and numbers on it, and designates the Fall Color Tour route name by the color of the road on the map.

At a Glance

Open Season: September - November
Best Season: Last week of September to first week in October
Restrictions: Listen to the National Forest Update on WTIP 90.7, or visit it from our homepage link, for information on locations of logging truck traffic.
Closest Towns: Tofte
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information

General Notes:

Please be courteous when on the road.  If you are driving slowly to look at the leaves, pull over and let other faster cars pass.  Do not leave your car blocking the roadway, or leave your doors open when you get out to take pictures.  Be on the alert for, and yield to, logging trucks.  Many of the best roads for fall foliage are narrow and winding, so share the road with others who may be more interested in getting home, or going to work, than in the leaves.


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