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Description

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 wesbite 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.

Further reading:

A ClimberÂ’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954)

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 02 - The Sawtooth Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
North Arete
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 5
Crimson Gem
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 278
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil")
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 36
The Polish Route
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 254
Positive Vibrations
Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
Sunspot Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 11
Astrohulk
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 24
Tradewinds
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Lost in the Sun
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 6
Wind Shear
Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 23
The Venturi Effect
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 4
Solar Burn
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Blowhard
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 12
Solar Flare
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
Airstream
Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Arete Matterhorn Peak
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Crimson Gem Juggernaut
 5
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil") Incredible Hulk
 278
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
The Polish Route Incredible Hulk
 36
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Positive Vibrations Incredible Hulk
 254
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
Sunspot Dihedral Incredible Hulk
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Astrohulk Incredible Hulk
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Tradewinds Incredible Hulk
 24
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Lost in the Sun Incredible Hulk
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Wind Shear Incredible Hulk
 6
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
The Venturi Effect Incredible Hulk
 23
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Solar Burn Incredible Hulk
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Blowhard Incredible Hulk
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Solar Flare Incredible Hulk
 12
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Airstream Incredible Hulk
 3
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad, Alpine 11 pitches
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