|Sawtooth Peak-12,343 feet (3762m), Needham Peak-12,533 feet (3820m), Mineral Peak-11,615 feet (3,540m)
I headed over the Needham next. Again Bob and Matthew had beaten me by 10 minutes, and I got there in 4:55h. The summit registry dates back to 1966, which was the oldest registry I have encountered so far. Only an average of maybe 4 or 5 people come up here per year. After Needham I had to climb over the ridge that separated Amphitheater Lake from the Monarch Lakes and that looked pretty intimidating from higher up. However, I aimed at the lowest point but never found it harder than class 3. It started snowing now, as the clouds that had been lingering over the Kaweahs had moved over and gotten hung up on Sawtooth Peak. I still thought I could do Mineral Peak though and arrived there at 4:15pm or 6 hours and 40 minutes after I had set out. Now the weather turned really rather nasty and I hurried up with the descent thinking that I should read up on Sierra weather and thunderstorms in the fall.
On the way down the switchbacks I alternated walking and running the switchbacks and arrived at the trailhead just at sunset at 6:30. After arriving back at CA-99 I was too tired to drive all the way back to Davis that night and slept in Fresno before continuing on Monday morning.
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