Drove 1 1/2 miles up road and hiked up to Buchanan Pass. Very windy from here to the summit and back. I'd guess about 11 miles RT. Perfect weather for this outing and the Class 1-2 hike was most enjoyable.... :)
From Beaver Reservoirs t.h. There are long segments in the first 3 miles that gain very little elevation and aren't fun to hike (4 wheel road) but the hike gets more beautiful after entering the I.Peaks Wilderness. The view south from the summit is incredible!
Solo from Beaver Creek Res. I saw 4 moose on the skier/hiker trail.
I climbed this from the Camp Dick Trailhead, took the Buchanan Pass Trail to the Coney Cutoff Trail, then the Beaver Creek Trail up to Buchanan Pass and then south up Sawtooth mountain. I went back the same way and think it was about 19.4 miles roundtrip.
The weather held out for me (I was on the summit by 11:30), but it started to drizzle on my way back to the car. It took about 6.5 hours total including stops for lunch, food. Bring a water filter.
Hit the East Ridge with high winds. Great peak and a fun route!
With Charles McCash.
Traversed from Coney lakes over to Buchanan Pass
Me and a friend tried to scale this peak via the east ridge approach on 5/18/2012. Parked at the reservoir and hit the trail at 8am. We were on the ridge by 11am but due to the amount of snow and low bushes/boulders, it made for a difficult scramble. The weather was ominous and we had to turn around. We were on snow for most of this hike once we started to get near treeline and the Buchanan Pass Trail was impossible to stay on, as it was under snow. However, you can see the trail clearly from the East Ridge, and this is definitely an easier option, if you can find it and stay on it.
Drove about a mile up the road from Beaver Reservoir before deciding the road was too rough for the Jeep Patriot. Parked the Jeep and then started walking towards the Beaver Creek/Coney Flats trailhead, and then up to Buchanan Pass and then to the summit of Sawtooth. Great weather, nice fall foliage, but a long approach.
Fun climb, but ouch what a long approach.
I remember this mountain having a very long approach, but it was a fun climb anyway.
8/5/06 - Tooth to Tooth Traverse From Coney Flats, ran ridge from Elk Tooth to Sawtooth and descended Sawtooth's east ridge. A very cool looking peak.
12/15/12 - 9 of us climbed and descended the East Ridge in a snowstorm. Great day out despite the wind and blowing snow.
Best climb of the summer! Loved the fact that there are no cairns or trails on this route.
My last summit on my traverse from Elk Tooth to Sawtooth. I've always wanted to climb this peak since first seeing it. What a finish to an awesome day. I really enjoyed the varied terrain of this traverse. RT 7:20 from Coney Flats
Anyone who stands on this summit, is standing on the easternmost point of the Continental Divide in the United States.
Drove to Coney Flats in the wee hours. The ridge was lots of fun, and we tackled all three towers directly to stay as close to the ridge as possible. We aimed left at the top of the talus slope and popped over the top within feet of the summit cairn. To get a view north, we dropped down to Buchanan and then went up the gentle, grassy slope to Red Deer Mountain's (UN 12391) huge domed summit.
MTBed to Coney Flats TH then up the east ridge. Very beautiful hike with trees just begining to show their Autumn colors.
My friend Pete and I had been turned away from Sawtooth twice by weather (both attempts were on the East Face in the winter) before we finally summited with my wife Erin. The day we got it the weather again was not too nice. It was cold and raining and none of us had brought our winter gear so we were all soaked to the bone by the time we got back to the car. It was good to finally bag it though.
My second hike in the IPW. The Sawtooth is such a prominent peak to look at. I'll never forget the first day I saw this one from the Peak to Peak hwy. I knew I would soon climb it. The east ridge is the way to do this hike. Easy class 3 if that. The east face is a bit loose so be careful. The grassy basin on south of Sawtooth next to Coney Island is another one of those special places.