Sawteeth via the Scenic Route

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Sawteeth via the Scenic Route is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint Huberts, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,392 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

historic site

no dogs

A beautiful relatively mellow (for ADK High Peaks) hike up Sawteeth via the Scenic Route from Lower Ausable Lake. Additional stops included Marble Point and Rainbow Falls (definitely worth it).

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1 month ago

Amazing trail!! Gorgeous hike along ausable lake...many viewpoints as you get higher in elevation as well. Long hike in on Lake Road..was roughly 4 miles and took me a little over an hour. Hike up was challenging but not too difficult. Glad I chose the scenic route like I always tend to do!!

1 month ago

I loved this hike as a solo; what a day. Yes you have to walk miles on the lake road to get in and out but it’s so nice. Absolutely take the scenic trail up. The effort is worth it, great views, changing and sometimes challenging terrain. Not hard for a confident and reasonably fit hiker. I happen to like wooded, narrow, technical terrain. Walking around and seeing the lake, hearing the loons from multiple vantage points scored this trail some bonus points. Ascending via scenic is harder and longer to the summit, making shedding elevation and the hike out a piece of cake. What a day. I ❤️this hike.

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2 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the ADK. The trail starts at the Ausable golf course so the first mile or so is a walk along a dirt road, which makes for an easier start and finish, especially when tired. Once you reach the bridge, follow the signs to the left - there will be a "Scenic Route" sign. You'll walk along the lake and slowly gain elevation so take time to enjoy the views. The summit of Sawteeth is tree'd, so much so that I never saw the marker or really realized I had hit the summit. You can either turn back here or continue on to hit Pyramid Peak (Not a 46er, but has some amazing views) and Gothics. I would HIGHLY recommend you continue on to Gothics as the views are amazing! You can see much of the ADK and have a great view of the Ausable lake below. Take time to enjoy the views from Pyramid Peak to Gothics - just turn around at any point along that trail for great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Very rewarding trail! That hard rating was not messing around!
The first 4 or so miles was super easing going on road just to get to the trailhead. It’s on private property so you’re not able to park any closer. The hikers parking lot at the bottom of ausable road is where you leave your car. Then you need to walk up that road with the golf course on your right. Once you get to the bend in the road veer left and the sign in station is there. But there’s still a bunch more of easy walking to go after that on dirt road.

Sawteeth was the very last trailhead along this dirt road. Once you get there, I highly recommend taking the rainbow falls trail first. It’s absolutely gorgeous but I knew we wouldn’t have the energy to go back that way after completing the loop.
Start the sawteeth loop following the scenic route. I wouldn’t have wanted to hike this loop going counterclockwise at all!

You start off along the trail with lovely views of the lake. After outlook 1 or 2 (i can’t remember which), the trail got a little more tricky to follow. It’s obvious this trail isn’t hiked often, but there are a decent amount of markers to keep you going. The steep incline was super challenging and at some points was straight up scaling rocks and rock climbing. Some areas had ladders which was a much welcomed sight. But you definitely earn it on this one. Once you finally reach the last outlook or sawteeth summit, it mostly all downhill and so much easier than the trail going up.

And of course once you finally complete the loop, you’ve still got that 4 mile trek back to the parking lot unfortunately. But man, do I feel accomplished after completely that whole loop! Make sure you’ve got plenty of water!

4 months ago

Still very icy, make sure you have proper shoes and spikes!! Challenging on the lake side, however, still beautiful. Weather condition for April 30 were still in the 40's-50's so cooler than normal.

10 months ago

Hiked yesterday, skipped scenic route given conditions, snow covered and very icy at top. Nice gravel road walk into the trail. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. Were only ones on the trail, snowed again last night.

hiking
10 months ago

hiked in mid July.
sawteeth to pyramid to gothics and the down gothics to beaver meadow falls and out.
beautiful hike. had a great partner.

10 months ago

We hiked this high peak in August with a group of 12- half taking the "scenic route" which is more difficult. It's challenging and varied and was a wonderful hike. Someone in our group saw a small bear on the scenic side- a yearling. Footwork takes focus; really takes your mind off "life"- which was refreshing!

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11 months ago

Rainbow falls is a great side spur trail stop to check out! Moderate for a high peak, but challenging enough ( if you don't go up or down the scenic trail part). Great views of Gothics, Saddleback and Basin!

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