Ascent of Sawtooth Mountain on 2013-11-24

Climber: Grant Myers

Others in Party:Bob Bolton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawtooth Mountain
    Elevation:5353 ft / 1631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to about half mile from TH on FR30. Hiked the PCT on firm snow to Sawtooth Mountain Trail which doesn't go to the top. Left the trail NW of the peak & up through woods on steepish hard snow, could have used crampons but OK without. On the north side of the top we went east below steep rock to a minor saddle through brush & small trees. Route from here didn't look good (thin snow cover on rock)so traversed steep & exposed snow on the south side to the ridge crest west of the summit.
From this saddle is a class 3 scramble on good rock though exposed near the top. I was the only one willing to try it & wasn't wanting to downclimb the upper section, the others showed me a different way down on the south side. Snow cover complicated the climb & should be easier in dry conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:4053 ft / 1235 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km

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