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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 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 Climber’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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.1 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in 02 - The Sawtooth Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 02 - The Sawtooth Ridge:
North Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Matterhorn Peak
Beeline   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1100'   Incredible Hulk
Red Dihedral (aka "Yggdrasil")   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1500'   Incredible Hulk
North Buttress (aka the Dragrace aka the Dragway)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Dragtooth
The Polish Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 900'   Incredible Hulk
Escape from Poland   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 400'   Incredible Hulk
East Face Direct   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Little Slide Spires : Outguard Spire
Positive Vibrations   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   Incredible Hulk
Sunspot Dihedral   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   Incredible Hulk
Astrohulk   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   Incredible Hulk
Tradewinds   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   Incredible Hulk
Lost in the Sun   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Incredible Hulk
The Venturi Effect   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200'   Incredible Hulk
Solar Burn   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Incredible Hulk
Solar Flare   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Incredible Hulk
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Nettle's topo

Astrohulk 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  California : High Sierra : ... : Incredible Hulk
Astrohulk is a killer route on the Hulk, located to the right of Postive Vibrations. Maybe a bit easier than it's Valley namesake, it nevertheless delivers quality, sustained climbing. The rocks is great for an alpine route, but it's still grainy in spots. Not quite the same consistent high quality as Positive Vibrations.P1-4 Multiple options: The easiest option is to climb the first four pitches of Positive Vibes, which can be linked into two long leads (definitely with a 70m, maybe a touch of ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of 02 - The Sawtooth Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Justin Dubois at the crux.
Justin Dubois at the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Second offwidth pitch.
Second offwidth pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dragtooth and Matterhorn Peaks: the Sawtooth Range...
Dragtooth and Matterhorn Peaks: the Sawtooth Range...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blacksmith Peak in late afternoon light seen from ...
Blacksmith Peak in late afternoon light seen from ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge. Photo by Blitz...
Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge. Photo by Blitz...
Rock Climbing Photo: Finger Peaks from Doodad
Finger Peaks from Doodad

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By Stas Yurkevich
From: San Francisco, California
Jul 5, 2016
The Buckeye Hot spring is short drive and highly recommended after climbing

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