OverviewDeath Valley a sharp pyramid stands out among a group of peaks to the east in Nevada. Sawtooth Mountain is the highpoint of the Bullfrog Hills. This is a small range a few miles west of Beatty and about 12 miles northeast of Daylight Pass out of Death Valley National Park.
The name Bullfrog must have been a brand of chewing tobacco since bullfrogs themselves see very little of this high desert terrain. Or maybe it just rolls off a drunken prospectors tongue real good.
Legendary Shorty Harris and his cohort Ed Cross struck it rich there and Bullfrog and Rhyolite were bustling with gold ore fever for a few short years. The ruins of the lavishly constructed Cook Bank Building in Rhyolite (now a ghost town) epitomize the fleeting fortunes of a boom town in the early 20th century west.
The rock of the peak is volcanic and there is a microwave tower near the summit.
This is an easy half day hike with a steep road leading most of the way up. There are expansive views of the eastern flank of the Funeral and the Grapevine Mountains, the Bare Mountains to the southeast and a straight shot about 50 miles down the Amargosa Desert to Death Valley Junction with Pyramid Peak on the right horizon.
I found a good place to car camp off the road to Chloride Cliffs. From Daylight Pass go 4.5 miles east on Hwy. 374 to a dirt junction going south. This is the the road to Chloride Cliffs from the east. Take the road in as far as you like and find a place to pull off.
Or you could probably camp on the roads near Sawtooth.