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Breathtaking views. Definitely coming back in the future.

This short out and back is amazing! I will load a picture later. The directions are fairly accurate, Eagle Creek Road/Forest Road 5883 is a decently maintained gravel road. Starts with some deep pot holes and then a lot of washboard areas after that. It's probably about a 40 minute 10+ mile road to the trailhead. Luckily the trailhead parking is well marked on your right hand side. The trail itself was harder, across from the parking there was an old fence post right where the trail started but no sign. We went up on September 23rd and the whole trail was snow, getting up to a foot or more at the higher end. Luckily the blue diamond trail markers are there.
You will reach a fork in the trail about 1/4 mile in, left takes you to Fuji Mtn and right would take you to a much longer Waldo lake trail. Consistent ascent, eventually will start switchbacking. Don't think you've reached the end at the first clearing, although that is a great view point! And then there's another clearing past that one, and you're still not at the top (great view though!). You will really know when you reach the flat top of Fuji and get an amazing vista of the Waldo Lake and the Cascades. The day we went was a bit overcast so couldn't see the tops of the mountains but still amazing!

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8 months ago

I hiked the Sawtooth Mountain trail in early September.
The route I chose is a loop starting on Indigo Trail, then Sawtooth Mountain trail to reach the climbers trail via the south ridge. Once at the top, I decided to go for a scramble of the north ridge to try and intersect the Windy Pass trail. From there, I did succeed but route finding and strain on old legs made this section a small challenge. From there I descended to Indigo Lake and walked the trail that goes around the lake. Finally, I returned to Timpanogas Lake via the Indigo Lake trail. All said, about 10 miles.

The lakes (Timpanogas, Indigo), the scramble up the south summit and true summit, the views from the summit, and the cool/shaded forested sections make this trail a small gem. Combine the hiking with some camping, backpacking, fishing, etc and you get more for your footsteps. There are also several route variants, including a traverse from Sawtooth Mountain to Cowhorn Mountain.

If you follow the Sawtooth Mountain trail, it is good to know that you will be climbing two ridges (at 2 miles and 3 miles) before getting to the use trail at the 4 miles mark or so. These two climbs are fairly steep... mostly because switchbacks appear to not have yet been invented when the trail was cut.. it goes almost straight up and ahead.

The scrambles to the south summit and the true summit are neither technically very difficult nor very long. However, there is exposure on the sides of the summits ridge and good footwear, good attention and caution are necessary. The summit itself has major exposure on the east side;

In season, bugs are likely an obstacle to prepare for; there are two lakes to go by and a few wet/marshy area not far.The summit ridge is, of course, exposes to the run; you may want to carry sunscreen.

8 months ago

Fairly steady climb great peaceful lake.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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Saturday, August 09, 2014