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
The route from Timpanogas Lake gains 2000 ft. in 4.5 miles and follows a steep, but well-maintained
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
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.