Another rocky, craggy barren peak in the Cascades, Sawtooth Mountain stands over Indigo Lake and offers great views from Crater Lake to the Three Sisters. There are 3 small pinnacles on the summit crest of this mountain, each one looks different. The south pinnacle is characteristic of crumbly reddish-yellow volcanic eroded rock. The central peak, the summit is Cascade dinner plate galore. It appears to be a dome-shaped pile of flat rocks piled neatly on top of the other and is extremely loose. The east pinnacle appears as more of a large blocky form of the dinner plates and is more rectangular shaped. Scree fields descend down to treeline from each.
There are 3 ways to approach the summit crags. You can either take the Sawtooth Mountain Trail which starts to the north of the peak and wanders around the southwest side of it before coming up the south side. There is also another variation of this trail that starts at the same trailhead but heads to Indigo Lake, then up and over the east ridge to come back to the south side. It meets up with the trail coming over from Cowhorn Mountain, which is the other way to approach Sawtooth. Whatever way you go, you end up on the south side and have to scramble over the south pinnacle to the main summit pinnacle.
Views are great and the scrambling is fun, although it takes a bit of routefinding as the trails can get faint at times.