Road was packed but we wore snowshoes to refresh trench through the trees at the 2nd switchback. Ended up wearing snowshoes up to the about 12,300 and stashed them there. They were beneficial, on the way down especially, since the late morning sun started to soften the snow and the trench through the willows had some postholes in it from those who came behind us. The approach to the ridge was wind blown and had a faint track between cairns. Given the winds, wouldn't be surprised if much of the trail was covered up again in this area. The final pitch was easy to follow and the snow was hard enough that there was no postholing but some kick stepping. Spikes were beneficial for descent to where we left our snowshoes but not necessarily needed for the ascent, depending on your comfort level/boots.
The east side of the Sawtooth ridge looked snow loaded and a bit precarious, in my opinion. Would not recommend traversing those snowfields from what I could see
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