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T. WhiteDidn't quite make it
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2014

T. White

I abandoned my scramble up the summit ridge due to being sick of the dirt and wary of a slip... previous commenters are right when saying it's tricky.

My hiking buddy made it to the top but ended up descending via the Monarch Lake cirque, which he recommended over Sawtooth Pass. Will have to try this next time, 'cause those lake views beckon so...
Posted Nov 9, 2017 2:33 am

Luciano136Solo day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014


From Mineral King over Sawtooth Pass. Didn't think the sand was that bad at all. The ridge is what was time consuming.
Posted Aug 3, 2014 3:21 pm

wordlessnatureRe: Solo day hike


Kind of agree... There were a few parts of sand which obscured slippery slabs underneath, and that was, at times, tiring. The ridge possesses some tricky parts, especially early on.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 8:13 pm

wordlessnaturefrom Sawtooth Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014


We climbed up mixed decomposed granite and loose rock, just under the ridge until just below summit. Fine scrambling near the top and a fun slab walk getting to the top!
Posted Aug 3, 2014 2:18 pm

mrchad92x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2013


The first stop on a nice fall loop covering Sawtooth, Needham, and Mineral Peak. The route up the south ridge was much better than a previous trip up to Sawtooth Pass.

My first visit here was September 2004... one of my first real Sierra summits (after only Half Dome and Whitney). Previous post: "Camped at Monarch Lakes and climbed the next day. Can't get enough of the Mineral King area and the cabins at Silver City are even better. Perhaps my favorite trailhead on the west side."
Posted Oct 23, 2013 12:44 pm

chefas02Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013


Nice day hike. The sand really sucked. A lot of fun going down!!
Posted Oct 9, 2013 9:37 pm

cabGlacier Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013


I took the old "trail" up to near Glacier Pass then cut over through the sand to Sawtooth Pass and on to the peak. Nice views from the summit, but the sand sucked. Continued on to Needham Mountain.
Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:09 pm

maryslossonSawtooth Peak via Mineral King  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012


Camped at Lower Monarch Lake and summited Sawtooth Peak the next morning. Wonderful weekend adventure.
Posted Jan 20, 2013 9:43 pm

soslawSawtooth Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


Approach to Sawtooth pass via the old unmaintained trail to Glacier notch avoided the endless switchbacks of the Glacier pass trail to Monarch lakes.
Posted Jul 30, 2012 1:18 pm

ckerthSawtooth Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012


My first trip into the Mineral King area, climbing Sawtooth Peak, Needham Mountain, Eagle Scout Peak, Mount Kaweah, and Second Kaweah over a four day backpacking trip from the Sawtooth Trailhead.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 8:12 pm

Jwp2025My First real mountain  Sucess!
I have done this twice. It was the first mountain I climbed over 9000ft. Steep views into the backcountry.
Posted Jul 12, 2012 1:14 pm

krrt2000Monarch Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1993


Day trip from Friant
Posted Feb 26, 2012 9:02 pm

seanoFrom Mineral Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2011


Part of a counter-clockwise tour of most of the Mineral King area peaks. Trip report
Posted Feb 4, 2012 1:32 pm

GlennDHow Not To Climb The Mountain:  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2011


1) Forget your hiking boots at home. 2) Use very lightweight running shoes instead that have little traction. 3) Try to descend a different way than you went up, down cliffs with no climbing gear.
Still a fun day!
Posted Jan 19, 2012 3:18 am

LincolnBFrom Crystal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2010


Climbed with brother Jon after camping at Crystal Lake the night before. Got off track on the return over the Crystal/Ampitheater saddle and got into scarier climbing than I wanted.
Posted Dec 5, 2011 12:08 am

SkyPilot84from Lower Monarch Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011


Nice hike. A marmot followed us to the top.
Posted Aug 22, 2011 12:08 pm

hi5dudesRoute Climbed: From Sawtooth Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011


Summitted with Jonathan, Jessica, and Jason starting from Lower Monarch Lake. Clear skies and views of Whitney possible. In early August there were still two fields of ice lower on the trail blocking 50-100 foot sections of the trail. One patch was on the route from Mineral King to Monarch Lakes 0.5 miles before the lake, and another was 0.25 miles past the camp at Lower Monarch Lake. The ice is passable with trekking poles, but most slippery in the morning after refreezing overnight. From the pass to the top it is bone dry.

The best way up to Sawtooth Pass from Lower Monarch lake is (while looking up at the mountain from the lake) the patch of green vegetation 50 yards to the left of the official trail up the shale lined slope, although the shale is easier on the knees while going down. From the pass the trail requires some boulder hopping, but easily manageable following the trail of cairns. The logbook in the ammo box at the top is new this year. Great views at the top. Well worth the effort. Looking down the vertical face of the north side of Sawtooth is both scary and impressive. Great hike!
Posted Aug 18, 2011 7:50 pm

Niels79Day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Excellent hike
Posted Apr 16, 2011 11:26 pm

limpingcrabBad decisions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2004


Just as we reached the summit, lightning struck the rock across sawtooth pass. Nice to climb summits that can be seen from the valley
Posted Mar 11, 2011 1:56 pm

cbuelowSouth Ridge Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010


Dayhike from Mineral King via Upper Monarch Lake. Went up and down the class 2 South Ridge route, which was a very pleasant alternative to the scree-filled Sawtooth Pass route. Any thoughts of doing Needham were put to rest by the ominous clouds that were rolling in well before noon, which opened up on us on the way down...
Posted Jul 31, 2010 7:22 pm

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