Album: Sawtooth (West) & Needham
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 7/3/2003 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back to Index
Wow! Now that's some Marmot protection! But then again, wouldn't they just chew right through that? Hmmmm.
Sawtooth trailhead parking area (looking South).
Looking down at the trailhead parking in Mineral King Valley. There's another trailhead (Farewell Gap) and parking area in the upper left of the photo.
Here's a fair view of the sandy slope up to Sawtooth Pass. The pass is off the left of the photo. The slope here is actually a lot more sandy than it may appear in the this photo. While you can head straight up to the ridge, your best bet is to proceed
Looking up to Sawtooth Peak from Lower Monarch lake.
The toilet at Lower Monarch Lake. Seems to have taken a bit of a beating from mother nature.
Empire Mountain as seen from near Sawtooth Pass.
Mount Whitney is visible just left of rear center
Upper Monarch Lake with Mineral Peak just behind it.
Columbine Lake as seen from the summit of Sawtooth Peak.
Mount Whitney (center rear) is only 17 miles away
Needham Mountain (center) as seen from Sawtooth Peak.
Getting closer to Needham. This is slow going over rough terrain and more sandy slopes.
Interesting rock near the summit of Needham Mountain.
Mount Whitney (16.1 miles away) as seen from Needham Mountain
Here's a view of the ridge between Needham and Sawtooth. It's definitely a lot tougher than it looks! I had to stay pretty low to the left.
Looking down at the trail and it's switchbacks below Columbine Lake.
Ugh! Had to climb back up and over Sawtooth Peak to get back. If you try to go around Sawtooth to the South you find that the ridge is quite an obstacle. I tried a couple places and had to give up and instead head up almost to the summit of Sawtooth be
Don't descend too low from Sawtooth on the way back. There are spots where the sand gives way to vertical cliffs. You definitely don't want to slide off over one of those.
This is where I decided to take the "shortcut" back by using the old use trail (bad idea). I don't think I'll do that again. I kept losing the trail and getting into trouble and with darkness fast approaching could have had a problem in the dark. Fortu
Back at the trailhead (real dark now). That was a long day.