Ascent of Sawteeth on 2011-08-13

Climber: Scott Ireland

Date:Saturday, August 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4134 ft / 1260 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sawteeth Scenic Trail lives up to it's name
and reputation!

Ran into Spencer the night before at EMS, who told us it was quite a strenuous trail. He added that it would be so beautiful you wouldn't notice that...he was right on both counts.

Started at the AMR lot at 7:30 with my son Marshall and wife Pam - made it to the Lake a few minutes after 9AM, and took in the views up the lake. Stunning...then crossed the bridge and followed the Scenic Trail along the lakeshore for a bit. What a stretch of tricky footing - was wondering what it was like in winter with most of the roots and rocks under the snow? Shortly found the first ledge/lookout with excellent lake views and a beautiful look at Indian Head...not long after Pam decided to head back down with another group, as she wasn't feeling well, but Marshall and I continued up to the ladders and other lookout points. While I generally believe that my favorite hike is whatever I hiked last, I'd find it hard to believe there is a more scenic trail than this one. Yes, there are some steep spots, but not too bad until just before the summit. We met another group coming down, and they told us 'just a short drop then back up to the top'. Well, the drop is a bit more than short, so the 'back up' was longer, but when you come up and get the first views of Basin, Haystack, Gothics and Armstrong you realize just how beautiful it can be up there. Marshall and I had a quick lunch on the summit, then went down the shorter trail past Rainbow Falls and out to Lake Road. We had just passed the wooden bridge when we saw Pam headed back to meet we walked out we saw quite a large number of rescue vehicles at the Dial/Nippletop trail head, but until now still haven't heard of anything happening...maybe it was just a training run?

Finished the day with a Baxter Mountain Tavern burger and a campfire at the Ark! Not a bad day at all, but wished all three of us could have made the summit. Oh well - an excuse to go back...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Scenic Trail
    Time Up:8 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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