Sawteeth Mountain is the 35th-highest of New York's High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,100 ft.
There are two trails to the summit from Lower Ausable Lake. The older trail is referred to as the Scenic trail and is a winding trail through the “teeth” of the mountain. The newer trail follows the Gothics Trail and ascends directly up the north side. Popular opinion of many hikers is that this is is a good loop trip. They choose to take the newer trail for their ascent and the Scenic Trail for their decent as it is an easier direction.
The first mile or so of the Gothics Trail climb is relatively easy going. As the trail goes right it proceeds up a gully. You are in for some steep climbing, but the views of the Lower Ausable Lake and the surrounding areas are well worth it! Overall, this is a relatively moderate hike. On a scale of 1 to 7 the Adirondack High Peaks Guide gives it a 4.
As with any hike, it is important to be prepared with the proper supplies. Visit “Hiking Safety Tips” for a list of basic safety tips to help you be prepared for a great day of hiking in the Adirondacks.
Note: From May 1 to October 31, a free parking reservation is required for single-day and overnight access to the parking lot, trailheads, and trails located on the privately owned Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Visit the official website to book your reservation: https://www.hikeamr.org/