Ascent of Sawtooth Ridge on 2018-06-06
|Date:||Wednesday, June 6, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8179 ft / 2492 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI got permission to park at the Sun Canyon Lodge and followed their directions, crossing the creek to the old road bed leading to Agropyron Flats. From the flats I followed the northern west ridge of Sawtooth up to its north summit. A hundred foot descent to the west and about a half mile of tedious limestone rubble bashing on scree and ledges led to cliffs protecting the higher south summit. I stashed my trekking poles and ascended easy class three ledges to the summit ridge a couple hundred feet north of the true summit. There, the ridge is narrow and exposed. Traversing south I passed two mini-gendarmes mentioned in Duncan's trip report. I then descended six feet or so of loose rock to an nicely exposed 18" ledge, crossed a short rubble strewn knife-edge, climbed back up another eight feet (3rd class) or so of solid rock, and walked a few more meters to the summit. There is considerable exposure for the short down climb and subsequent traverse (short but probably 4th class) - not a place to lose interest. GPS says 14.8 miles round trip and 4,950' of total vertical gain.
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