02 - The Sawtooth Ridge Rock Climbing
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The Sawtooth Ridge area is the northern limit of the true High Sierra (it's in the Hoover Wilderness, which has been separated in MP for convenience). Nationally renowned for high country rock climbs being developed on Incredible Hulk, which appear in most recent years' American Alpine Journals, within sight of the popular hiking and climbing destination of Matterhorn Peak. Wild mountain play of all difficulties between may be had here.
Many start their treks from Horse Creek, or two other nearby trailheads , making Annett's Mono Village a popular, but not free, base of operations (see their website for the latest details; it recently costed $10 to park at the marina there).
The Hoover Wilderness lies on the east slopes of Sawtooth Ridge, so overnight stays starting here require permits; see the website for information, or to reserve one in advance. Yosemite National Parks begins on the west slopes. Day trips into the protected areas from here are free.
From the town of Bridgeport on highway 395, turn south onto Twin Lakes Road, which winds south and west into the Sierra Nevada. This ends at Anett's Mono Village Resort. From here, the exact trail to take depends on your destination.
This area is within the Hoover Wilderness. A permit is needed for any overnight stay. ALL of these permits can be found at recreation.gov/permits/445856 (or one can Google Humboldt-Toiyabe wilderness permits). Since COVID there are no longer any walk-up permits available at the Bridgeport Ranger Station. The "walk-up" allotments are available online starting 3 days before your entry date. To camp at the Hulk, climbers want to look for 'Little Slide Canyon' permits - the quota is 8 overnight users can enter each day. Permits are $3 per person.
- Bear cans are required in the Hoover Wilderness. Bear hangs do not meet the standard for food storage - and although bears are not common in Little Slide they are a growing issue in the Robinson Creek drainage. The rodents are already a big issue in this area.
- Wag bags are not legally required but they are **HIGHLY** recommended. There are not a lot of options for burying waste. All TP needs to be packed out regardless. Human waste is most likely to be the issue that would affect or limit access in the future.
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