Ascent of Sawtooth Mountain on 2018-07-07
|Date:||Saturday, July 7, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7301 ft / 2225 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI had done the loop around Sawtooth years ago but came back for the summit 20-some years later. Started from the Timpanogas Lake TH at a little after 6am, and hiked up to the clouds of mosquitos rolling off Indigo Lake, then escaped them again by climbing up to Windy Pass on a good trail, then turning right/west to the high point of the Sawtooth Trail. A double stump marks a well-trod climbers path NE up the ridge. There is a bit of loose sand, then gravel-sized rubble on top of a harder layer (which did not seem too slippery in spite of appearances - or maybe I was just stepping easy) before some easy class 3 scrambling around a couple of gendarmes and then picking a short way up to the summit. It is an interesting summit with rock fingers down the ridge, and impressive dropoffs on the N & S faces - to Indigo Lake on the north - and great views Sisters to McLoughlin, with especially good views of Thielsen, Bailey, Diamond, & other nearby peaks. Onward to Cowhorn.
Sawtooth from Indigo Lake (2018-07-07). Photo by Steve Fountain.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2241 ft / 683 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||260 ft / 79 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gain on way in:||2241 ft / 683 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1981 ft / 604 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m|
| Loss on way in:||260 ft / 79 m|
| Distance:||5.3 mi / 8.5 km|
| Route:||Indigo Lake & Windy Pass|
| Start Trailhead:||Timpanogas TH 5320 ft / 1621 m|
| Route:||via Cowhorn|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Sawtooth Traverse|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3904 ft / 1190 m Total Trip Loss: 3904 ft / 1190 m
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