Ascent of Sawtooth Ridge on 2018-06-06

Climber: Steve Sheriff

Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sawtooth Ridge
    Elevation:8179 ft / 2492 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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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Sawtooth Ridge from the north (2018-06-06). Photo by Steve Sheriff.
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