Sawtooth Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park and John Krebs Wilderness. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 7,840 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,563 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Wilderness campground camp site, the Monarch Lakes water, and the Sawtooth Pass (elevation 11,699 feet) saddle can be seen along the trail. There are also information guideposts along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a saddle.
Sawtooth Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Great Western Divide towers more than 4000 feet above the small hamlet of Mineral King in southern Sequoia National Park. The trail climbs up, straight up the divide’s flanks, providing sweeping views of the soaring mountains and precipitous valleys. Beautiful Monarch Lake awaits at the base of 12,343-foot Sawtooth Peak, a jagged, trail-less summit that offers magnificent and far-reaching views of the Sierra Crest, the Kern River Canyon, and the Great Western Divide."
--Matt Heid, 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press).
"The Monarch Lakes are nestled in a beautiful lake basin just below Sawtooth and Mineral Peaks at an elevation of 10,400 feet. Sawtooth Peak is a favorite of summer climbers and is equally enjoyable to the ski mountaineer or snow-boarder in the early spring. Empire Mountain, 1.5 miles northwest of Sawtooth Peak and Glacier Pass, is also a wonderful ski destination. Since these slopes face south and west, the skiing is best early in the season."
--Paul Richins, 50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California (The Mountaineers Books).
"A highly visible peak in a beautiful western Sierra setting, with views that cross the Sierra to Olancha Peak and Mount Langley as well as into Kings Canyon. The summit ridge resembles a serrated saw blade. The peak even has a perfect swimming lake, situated for a dip on the way down."
--Jay Anderson, Climbing California's Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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