Sawtooth Mountain

August 21, 1999

Sawtooth Mountain is a high point in the Calapooya Mountain range, and stands a few miles south of Diamond Peak. Although it is a truly magnificent and rocky peak, its summit may be climbed with little technical difficulty. The route from Timpanogas Lake gains 2000 ft. in 4.5 miles and follows a steep, but well-maintained trail. The final portion of the climb is a steep, cross-country slog on the south ridge, followed by a scramble around a bulging summit block of clinky Cascade dinner plates to the north face, where a low angle scramble leads to the true summit. Our group found deep snow on the lower portion of the climb that completely obscured the trail in places. With the snow, we encountered swarming clouds of mosquitoes that forced us to maintain a steady pace. This trip was originally scheduled to include a second summit on nearby Cowhorn Mountain, but the snow pack and mosquitoes made that seem like an unrealistic goal for one day. We returned to the cars by descending a recently-built trail to Indigo Lake, a beautiful alpine lake at the foot of Sawtooth Mountain, and then back to Timpanogas Lake on the Indigo Lake Trail. Hikers on this beautiful but buggy hike were guests Jane Hetzer, Page Houchens, Esther Maynard, Grant Wiegert and Obsidians Rebecca Hansen, Doug McCarty, Rich Romm, Ruby Seitz and leader Brian Hoyland.

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