Ascent of Sawteeth on 2012-07-08

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4134 ft / 1260 m

Ascent Trip Report

10th ADK High Peak! We ascended Sawteeth via the Alfred W Weld trail which meant another trek down Lake Road through the AMR Gate. Lake Road was starting to feel VERY familiar at this point as we had recently walked/hiked this road during our hikes of the Wolfjaws (descent) and Dial and Nippletop. For this hike we walked the furthest down Lake Road- right up the the Lake. Following our trek down Lake Road, we met the trailhead junction and were were immediatly greeted with a gorgeous view of Lake Ausable and the Lower Ausable Lake Dam. We stopped here for a while to take in the beauty, take a few photos, and watch the deer grazing amazingly close to us. Due to the strict restrictions of no hunting on AMR land, the deer here seemed completely unbothered by our presence and allowed us to walk very close to them. We ascended Sawteeth via the "New or Gothics Trail" which is said to be less steep than the "Old or Scenic" trail. We were attempting to give our knees a break after a few days of hiking! Shortly after beginning the ascent there is great waterfall- Rainbow Falls- with a sign reminding you of the dangers many before had perhaps fallen to stating: Don't be a drop out- stand back. The hike up was consistently steady throughout with good trail conditions (dry, well maintained, etc.). The summit of Sawteeth provides some great views of the Great Range. We were alone on the summit, except for a field mouse who was incredibly friendly, or perhaps slightly aggressive. He/She had no fear in walking right up to us and attempting to climb into our bags to steal our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches numerous times. The Sawteeth summit was much cooler than we had anticipated, despite much of the hike being humid. There was no benchmark on the summit. We had planned to make today's hike a one-summit hike however we summitted much earlier than expected, and feeling better than expected, so we decided to venture over to Gothics and Armstrong.

Highlights: view from Lower Ausable Lake Dam, deer quietly grazing at dam, Rainbow Falls, field mouse on summit, deciding "hey it's still early, we can climb some more peaks!"
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Humid, Breezy on Summit
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Lake Road (25) to Alfred W Weld (35)
Descent Statistics
    Route:Sawteeth to Gothics via Pyramid Gothics Trail (37)
Ascent Part of Trip: Sawteeth/Gothics/Armstrong

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Pyramid Peak2012-07-08
4Armstrong Mountain2012-07-08
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Elizabeth Sweet
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