Took five friends up for their first peak, four made it. Incredible view but very smokey. Route sound complex but is really easy to find as you go. Don't bushwack down... rough time. traversing back up to the trail from the valley is way easier, even though I know you don't want anymore uphill.
2nd time up! Just as awesome!
I'll start with saying the summit block is an amazing collection of jagged boulders with an unbeatable view.
I recommend wearing pants for the bushwacking. Like many others I did get cliffed out by starting to scramble early instead of traversing through the scree. I had to be picky with my route-finding because my dog was with me. She's a great climber but lacks the hooves needed for class 4. On the way down I followed the path of least resistance by scree surfing as long as possible. It's a little sketchy in areas with solid rock underneath but 25 years of skateboarding helped me there. You do get down faster by dropping east of the ridge but, as others have mentioned, you pay for it later by crossing through the jungle on the south end of the lake.
Fun climb up the east face, plenty of route finding. Did this as a sidetrip from the Alpine Way trail during a 3-day backpackging trip. Trip Report
Took my son and his friend up the steep SE slopes- lots of Class 3 with just enough exposure to make it thrilling for these boys. 8 hrs RT- caught boat at 5:30. 10 F in the morning, but very nice in the sunshine most of the day. All kinds of junk in summit canister and old register missing before 2007.
My first Sawtooth peak in over eight years! Haven't had much chance to bag peaks in Idaho since I moved away, but I was in Boise for a couple days and decided to summit the Mogul. I took the NE ridge up and there were certainly some route finding challenges. The route is pretty solid class 3 with class 4-5 if you want. When climbing the ridge, it's a good idea to stay to left most of the time. I got ambitious and tried to climb up a little too early and got cliffed out. On the way down, I took the big gully to the east. Initially the way down was faster with lots of boulder hopping and scree skiing, but the bushwack portion was much worse so not sure I'd recommend it. Also, go early in the day. I took the 7am shuttle across and the morning light made for some amazing photos. 3 hours up, 2 hours down.
Fun Scramble up the class 3 route w/ Jess from the interpretive center. Nice way to cap off the season in Stanley!
Took the boat across Redfish, jumped on the trail to about 8000 ft. Bushwacked down and then up to the pond. Went up the East side and then connected to the NE ridge near the top. Fun scramble on big boulders from there. Took the avalanche shoot down-bad idea, too overgrown and didn't save any time.
Climbed via the Chockstone Couloir. The couloir was in great shape- steps were easily kicked and going was fast. After reaching the saddle, we traversed around to the southeast side and found a Class 3 chimney to the summit. With snow covering much of the shaded gulleys, route finding was crucial. We made the summit in 3.5 hours and the descent took another 3.5 hrs.