Sawtooth Mountain

August 20, 2005

The hike begins at Timpanogas Lake. It has turned out to be a beautiful, bug free August day (amazing). It is a moderately hot day. The trail is in great condition and huckleberries are bountiful all the way to Indigo Lake. The Lake is situated beneath the north face of our objective, Sawtooth Mountain. It is a beautiful setting and we all agree to return for a cool dip in its waters. We proceed up the east ridge at a moderate but comfortable pace. As we cross over the ridge we enter into a mountain hemlock forest, light on the underbrush (you can see the forest through the trees). We gain the south ridge of the Mountain and proceed out of the trees. At this juncture most of the group decides this will be their summit. The rest of us continue to try our best to negotiate the volcanic scree. The ridge finally became extremely exposed and our hearty group claimed their summits. I being the climber in the group proceeded a bit precariously for the true summit. I took some pictures of Mt. Thielsen to the south and Diamond Peak to the north and returned to enjoy lunch and good conversation with the group. We hiked rather briskly back to Indigo Lake. We all cooled our feet in its waters. Some of our group chose to leave earlier than the rest of us. We bid them farewell. A little later we reluctantly hike back out to the cars and back to town we go. I was privileged to enjoy the company of these great folks: Jim Duncan, Peter Graham, Kitson Graham, Penny McAvoy, Barb Revere, Nancy Whitfield, and non-members Debra Higbee and Brenda Kameenui. Larry Huff, leader.

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