Sawtooth Peak Climber's Log

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mrjdobbs - Mar 7, 2006 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2005

Sawtooth at Sunrise  Sucess!

I climbed Sawtooth in the dark just to see the sunrise from the summit. It was truly amazing. First I watched the crescent moon rise...then the sun came up. It flashed from behind Needham and sent rays in every direction. This sunrise was probably the most emotional and awesome sights I have ever seen. The route wasn't too difficult except for the sand. My headlamp went out halfway up and I have to use a mini maglight the rest of the way.

T. White

T. White - Nov 5, 2017 5:33 am

Re: Sawtooth at Sunrise

I can just imagine. Thank you for sharing this.


jjsochacki - Nov 6, 2005 12:46 pm

Route Climbed: Ridge from Sawtooth Pass Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Climbed Sawtooth during seven trip back to Lodgepole. Glacier Pass to Hands-and Knees Pass is preferable to get over to Five Lakes. Smoky views due to numerous fires.


DeeDee - Jul 26, 2005 10:36 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!

Pile of sand with a nice summit block.


colinr - Jul 26, 2005 8:02 pm

Date Climbed: July 24, 2005  Sucess!

A quick hike up along the old trail to the Sawtooth Pass area, followed by a moderate scramble to the peak and a risky scramble/slide/climb staight down to Upper Monarch Lake to attempt to avoid the potential lightening of an incoming thunderstorm. Take care to try to follow the intended route and stay where the most footprints are so you avoid risking your life free climbing down the cliff bands like I did. The new trail to the Southwest of Lower Monarch Lake made a more gradual hike back down to Mineral King. The views were more than worth the effort!


Langenbacher - Apr 7, 2005 5:26 pm

Route Climbed: from Mineral King via Sawtooth Pass Date Climbed: July 28, 1996  Sucess!

Trip with Debbie and Fritz (my wife and my brother). ~ 13.6 miles r.t. 4500 ft. elevation gain parked at Timber gap / Sawtooth pass trail head ~8am. 5 hours up (8am-1pm), 4 hours down. Fire a few miles north caused haze which gradually obscured the nice view of Cirque, Langley, Muir, Whitney, Russell, but Mt. Kaweah still visible all day. Deb tried to go east down to Columbine lake from sawtooth pass, but chickened out and waited ~2 hours at the pass for me and Fritz to bag the peak. The route from the pass to the peak was a nice scramble. The very summit block was too scary for us to stand on, so we just put our hands on top of it. Couldn't find a register. Fritz and I hope to go back to Sawtooth pass this summer and climb big Kaweah.


ExploreABitMore - Mar 4, 2005 10:22 pm

Route Climbed: NW Ridge from Sawtooth Pass Date Climbed: 09/26/99  Sucess!

We had a blast running back down the scree from sawtooth pass that day. Nice and easy climb and Monarch Lakes is a nice place to camp. Really cool moonrise over sawtooth peak the nighte before we climbed.

Freddys27 - Mar 2, 2005 7:05 pm

Route Climbed: From Mineral King Date Climbed: Summer 2001  Sucess!

This was the only accomplishment on a two night trip. I got either altitude sickness or a mild flu and so our plans were dampened. The summit was still fun, and I remember the the creek east of Columbine Lake fondly.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Nov 21, 2004 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2004

Route Climbed: NW Ridge (ascent) / SE Ridge (descent)  Sucess!

Sep 18, 2004, NW Ridge (ascent) / SE Ridge (descent): Sawtooth-Needham-Rainbow-Florence dayhike out of Mineral King. Sawtooth was buried amongst clouds when I arrived up there--the Kaweahs were visible for all of about thirty seconds, then poof!, they vanished into the fog.

Sawtooth is an unusual climb in that the trail approach is sloggier than the cross-country... loose sand led up to the pass, then solid boulders to the summit.

Sep 9, 2006: I never planned to return, but Bob twisted my arm into coming up here again as a warm-up for the Black Kaweah dayhike the next day. It wasn't a classic climb on the second visit, either.

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Nov 9, 2004 11:56 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest ridge Date Climbed: August, 1977, or thereabouts  Sucess!

Climbed this with a small group of friends from the Sierra Club. The trail out of Mineral King was blazing hot, and there was no water until we reached Columbine Lake. Yuck. But the peak was worth the effort. Awesome 360 degree view!


Lippo - Nov 22, 2003 8:13 am

Date Climbed: October 20 2003  Sucess!

My last climb out west. Planned on day hike. Lost trail at Upper Monarch Lake. I scrambled up from there. Ended up at Columbine Lake at sunset. Hiked all night to get back to trail head. Learned lots of things not to do. Great experience.

Sierrabonehead - Nov 21, 2003 7:08 pm

Route Climbed: From Sawtooth Pass Date Climbed: June, 1980  Sucess!

Slogged up the sand to Sawtooth Pass via old trail under south face of Empire Mtn. , and up the north ridge. Great views. Descent west face with interesting problems to solve. Left Mineral King 0700, return 1700. Sacked out at brother in laws cabin in Mineral King. Lucky to have had such a great base camp.


tdilopct - Sep 2, 2003 11:19 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Class 2 Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

A beautiful weekend with views of Whitney and the Eastern Sierra's.


cartale - Jan 13, 2003 9:05 pm

Route Climbed: Via Monarch Lake Trail Date Climbed: 8/10/02  Sucess!

Day hike with my buddy Jim. We did the hike in 10 hours flat. This was Jim's first peak and did a great job!


scottyb - Aug 26, 2002 10:37 pm

Route Climbed: Sawtooth Pass Date Climbed: August 10, 2002  Sucess!

Spent four hours on the summit, three of them alone waiting for my cousin who was suffering from altitude.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Jul 31, 2002 3:45 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Sawtooth Trail Date Climbed: June 1995  Sucess!

Nice view. Wouldn't mind climbing the northeast face (faces the Kern Plateau). Heard it's 5.8 with a small pendy.

Team:ANDYnCALEB - Jul 11, 2002 9:01 am

Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Class 2 Date Climbed: October 2nd 1999  Sucess!

Did this summit with Patrick Mathis, Kevin Milner and Aimee Mckee Rollinger.

The view is sweet as you can see everything from the Kaweahs to the Western Divide and then some. The hike to the summit is easy except for the sand. The Peak has a nice flat rock on top perfect for a Sierra nap as well.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jul 10, 2002 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2000

Northwest Ridge from Sawtooth Pass  Sucess!

Views were outstanding, but the climb was rather marginal. Too damn much sand! We intended to hike in and climb Black and Red Kaweah, but this was the only peak we managed to climb. Trip Report

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