After a nice night at the Rooster Comb Inn (which unfortunately the same cannot be said for Saturday night, some people were extremely rude that night and were up until 2:30am), we woke up bright and early and got ready for the task ahead.
We had been going back and forth on which peak/peaks to hike and since it was going to be a clear day, we decided on doing Sawteeth with a few detours. It was our first time going to the Ausable Club (except for the time we did the Great Range Traverse and changed our route to finish the hike there), and we had a bit of a hard time figuring out where to park. Once we finally found the right parking area, we got all of our stuff together and set out for a nice day of hiking.
We had to walk back toward the club and chatted with a couple of women as we all walked to the trail register. They were planning on hiking the lower great range, so we went separate ways after signing in.
The gate at the start of our hike
This was our first time making the long trek along Lake Road, and it was long. I didn't realize that it was almost 4 miles to the end! I kept questioning if we were almost there, and eventually we were there. Well, we were at our first detour point.
We were going to go to Fish Hawk Cliffs too, but decided to save it for another time
Mike and I had never been to Indian Head before, and I am really glad that we made this detour! It was probably my favorite part of this hike. We had it to ourselves and we spent a decent amount of time there before heading back the way we came to get back on Lake Road.
Doing our thing
Mike taking in the view
When we got back on Lake Road, we didn't have very far to go to get to the end. We arrived at the dam and after a few photos we got on the trail toward Rainbow Falls. This was another detour for the day, and it was a good one as well! There wasn't a rainbow there on the day we hiked, but it was still pretty.
Rainbow Falls, so pretty!
Then Mike and I went back and started the hike up the Gothics trail toward the junction for Sawteeth/Gothics. It was pretty steep but we made it up there relatively quickly. When we got to the junction, I dropped my pack and off we went to our final detour for the day - Pyramid Peak.
At a nice viewpoint on the way to Pyramid
We love these views!
While Pyramid is over 4,000 feet in elevation, it is not an official 46er. It was still worth the extra 1.2 miles roundtrip! The views were outstanding and we marveled at the Great Range and that we hiked it all in one day!
Us on Pyramid Peak
Part of the Great Range
Back at the junction, we stopped and ate our lunch. We chatted with some other hikers who were taking a break there as well before heading up to Sawteeth. We didn't have very far to go and made it up the .5 mile climb to the summit of our 14th high peak! We chatted with a few more hikers before continuing down the scenic trail.
Looking back at Pyramid
The view from Sawteeth
Our 14th peak!
Being silly on Sawteeth
I really enjoyed this part of the hike. While there was a lot of up and down, it wasn't too bad going in the direction that we went. There were a lot of scenic overlooks and we had great views of the lake. We didn't see very many people, but a few were heading up in the opposite direction.
At one of the overlooks
We lucked out with the weather!
We never saw signs for overlooks 1-4
As we got closer to the bottom of the trail, we walked along the lake for a little while and then I saw the dam. We actually missed part of the trail and were walking along an unofficial path near the dam, but that's alright.
Relaxing at the overlook
Probably my favorite overlook along the scenic route
Back along the lake
The dam, again
I wasn't really excited to walk back along Lake Road for 4 miles, but we made decent time (and only had to take a break or two because my hips and legs were hurting). I was so happy to see the gate at the end of the road!
See ya, AMR!
We had a great day and got our 14th high peak in 10 hours and 21 minutes over 16.8 miles!