First summit of this one. Lingering snow made a challenging day.
One of my favorite mountains. I have climbed the mountain in October 1983, April 1997, and November 1999, via various routes (Sawtooth Canyon, ridge north of Sawtooth Canyon, and the North Ridge.
the route up Sawtooth Canyon was interesting. The cliffs are amazing. as mentioned, there is also a bristlecone pine forest nearby which is worth a visit.
What an amazing peak! The weather was terrible everywhere else but we had a great day on Notch. The cliff is terrifying and the Bristlecones are inspiring!
Six to sixteen inches of snow nearly every bit of the way in the canyon trail made for a tiring but satisfying winter ascent of this terrific destination.
Amazing rock cliffs. I've never seen rocks twist like that. Is it really the second tallest cliff in North America? Hmm.
Spent my 30th birthday camped up here in the silence of this Great Basin sky island. Years ago, I contemplated suicide from the base jumpers ledge, but today I made this a place of peace and joy and turned my back, symbolically, on those thoughts forever.
Great hike through a beautiful canyon with RB and AKB, up to the saddle with a view down sheer cliffs on the other side, and quick ascent to the summit. Amazing weather and views of Utah's western desert and Lake Sevier. Coyotes howling in the early morning while camping near the trailhead. Solitude and a spectacular canyon and mountain. What could be better!
Great hike, interesting and remote area.
Logged 7.98 miles/2300' ele. gain RT
Can't fully appreciate it unless you see it in person. Pretty awesome.
00/00/14 via La Fin du Monde with Sam
One of the nicest hikes I've ever done.
4/17/2016 Again from Sawtooth Canyon. This is one that is definitely worth repeating. Hiked up with my dad (Jeff Grant), Donovan Lynch, and Ben Stokes.
4/24/2014 From Sawtooth Canyon. One of the better desert hikes I have ever done. Fantastic hike. We spent a whole day in the House Range and did Swasey first and then Notch. 13 hour day when factoring the driving time from SL.
Some snow here and there, esp. in the narrows. Most impressive cliff I've ever seen. As I reflect on it, this hike is well deserving to be called a Utah Classic, especially for its scenery that expresses the meaning of "Great Basin". The bristlecone forest around the hill east of the saddle is beautiful! Weather couldn't have been better. With WMC group.
Really had to put my climbing skills into play here. There was a dry fall that was a bit hard for me to negotiate, but with upper body strength of a Mastif I managed fine. The humans made me wear a leash at the summit, something about 4000 feet down, I dunno. I got this peeps, did you not see my skills at the dry fall? I clearly could multi-pitch this bad boy.
If I'd had one, I could have gotten a bit more intimate with the bristlecone pines. As it were, the tree gods were a bit disgruntled that I nabbed myself some fallen pine cones and consequently wrapped some branches around my ankle on the way out, causing me to plank the canyon floor like a champion bellyflopper. Lucky for me, my knees are fairly resilient. I'm terrified to think about what may have happened if I'd cored one of those ancient beauts, though... ANYWAY. If you're wondering, it's 724 Brenna Steps from the saddle to the summit. You should maybe (definitely) try to best my high score.
I highly recommend this hike. It's gorgeous from top to bottom. I highly suggest that you hike around the false peak just north of Notch Peak to get into the stand of Bristlecone Pines and unforgettable view of Notch Peak.
This was my first summit of the running peakbagging season. We had a great day driving in from Utah County (left around noon), running up to the top, and eating at JC Mickelson's in Nephi around 8:30. The roads are in decent condition with dirt road stretches of 4.2, 5.1, and 3.2 miles. Each dirt road gets progressively rougher than the next. We made it in my low clearance car with sports suspension, but I would definitely take another car next time. We were constantly worried about busting the oil pan or getting a flat tire. The drive was tougher than the climb IMO!
Once there, there is a sign for the trailhead and we ran and followed Sawtooth Canyon 3 of the 4 miles to the top. The last mile had some bushwacking and cairn following/route finding but it was pretty straightforward. Like others have said, I was pretty underwhelmed with the saddle/summit area until we came to the edge of the world! That is one big cliff...very impressive. The breezes near the summit were a nice break from the near 90 degree heat we had at the trailhead. We continued on to the summit where the views are even better. We had a nice run down, especially once we got back in to the canyon.
I went along on this hike because Golden wanted to do it and I had no idea what to expect. The hike up was nice. The car was reading 98 as we were leaving Delta and since we started actually hiking at 3 I was afraid it would be hot. It good cooler the higher we got and there was a fantastic breeze. We hiked, I mean ran, up the sawtooth canyon variation. It was very pretty with lots of flowers in bloom. Plus there was plenty of shade as you steadily climb up the canyon. The summit appeared to be a little anticlimactic until we got to the ridge line and we could see off the cliffs. Golden made me crawl up near the edge to look down which made me even more nervous that I had walked as close as I had. It is impressive and I would really like to drive around to the bottom sometime and look up.
The view is amazing, a storm caught us when in the saddle it was rain hail thunder and lighting but it was worth it....