I would suggest not giving up on the Sawtooths based on what I found over this past long weekend when backpacking with my son. At upper elevations the air quality and visibility were fine. There was a bit of smoke that came in Monday morning, but it seemed to get better as the day went on. I have no idea if the same pattern will continue into the coming weekend, but it might.
Saturday had smoke in distance but clear over us:
Sunday was quite clear:
A bit of haze on Sunday, but no complaints:
Fishing was very good. Water for swimming the shallower lakes was about as warm as it gets. Ideal weather for backpacking!
Was surprised to see the flowers still out in places. They must be enjoying the late summer heat: