Sawteeth
4,100', from Scenic Trail, Lower Ausable Lake, Ausable Club, July 2004.
Gothics and Armstrong from Sawteeth summit
Gothics and Armstrong from Sawteeth summit.

The rolling "Scenic Trail" loop along the west side of Lower Ausable Lake, and up and over the many "teeth" of Sawteeth, features some of the best views from any Adirondacks high peak.  On the Lake side, you see Indian Head, Colvin and Blake along the Lake, and Giant, Noonmark, BearDen, Dial and Nippletop to their rear. At the summit, looking west, you get "in your face" views of Basin, Saddleback and Gothics, with Skylight, Haystack, Marcy and Armstrong as their backdrop. I chose a hazy day in a rainy July for my hike, so the only drawback was less than clear photographs. From Otter Chalet and Deep Woods Cabin, take Springfield Rd. south to Jay, 9N south into Keene, and 73 southeast through Keene Valley and St. Huberts. Hiker parking is off the second intersection marked "Ausable Club" as you're driving south on 73 towards the Northway. You have to walk about 1/2 mile from your car to the Lake Road sign-in point.

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Indian Head from Scenic Trail Indian Head closeup
Lower Ausable Lake from a Scenic Trail lookout
Views of Indian Head near the start of the Scenic Trail, and a slice of Lower Ausable Lake from a lookout.
Lower Ausable Lake looking south Upper Ausable LakeColvin and Blake
From lookouts on the Scenic Trail: Lower Ausable Lake (looking south), Upper Ausable Lake, Colvin and Blake.
 
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