One of the Adirondacks more iconic peaks, recognizable by a ridgeline that looks like the teeth of a saw, Sawteeth does not disappoint with the views from the top either. A great hike to do alongside Gothics or solo, it is a popular summer climb.
|Distance||5.2 miles round-trip from base of trail at Lower Ausable Lake. To get to the lake you must hike in an additional 3.8 miles one way to the Lower Lake dam, making the round trip a total of 12.8 miles.|
To hike Sawteeth, you will begin your hike at the Ausable Club’s watchman’s gate, where you will follow the West River Trail to your right. It will begin on a driveway, heading down to the river, which you will cross over on a bridge. Then the trail will take you for a gradual, rolling 3.8 miles to the dam of the Lower Ausable Lake. Once you reach the dam you will take a bridge over to the beginning of the trail up Sawteeth. There will be options to turn off on other trails sooner, but these take you to Gothics and the Wolfjaws.
One nice thing about Sawteeth is the option to hike the mountain in a loop, and we will detail here the hike up the Gothics-Pyramid trail and returning via the Scenic trail – both begin at the same point at Lower Ausable Lake. We recommend taking the route in this direction because the Gothics-Pyramid trail is steeper while the scenic route is more gradual and thus a better option for the descent.
To begin up the Gothics-Pyramid trail, you will begin from the bridge – soon the Scenic Trail will turn off to your left, continue on to your right and follow the trail upwards towards a lookout of Rainbow Falls at 0.3 miles. Continue on until you reach the col between Pyramid and Sawteeth at 1.7 miles. Here the trail to the left will lead to Sawteeth and the trail to the right will lead to Pyramid and Gothics. Continue on the trail to the left – soon it will become steep and will continue on steeply for 0.3 miles before leveling off and reaching the summit at 2.2 miles from the bridge.
To return via the Scenic trail, you will continue on past the summit, soon passing a lookout on your right. After heading this way for 0.4 miles, you will reach the peak’s SW summit. Continue down slightly steeply past another beautiful lookout and into a col after another 0.4 miles. The trail continues to roll gradually, making its way past some more lookouts on its way down to Lower Ausable Lake, for a total of 3 miles of hiking from the top.
To get to the Ausable Club, you will drive down route 73 from Keene Valley, taking a right on Ausable Club Road ~3 miles from downtown Keene Valley. Follow this road a short ways to a parking lot on your right. You will then have to walk ¾ of a mile along the road up to the watchman’s gate at the Ausable Club.