Sawtooth is an adjective used to describe a range of mountains or a single ridge in a series of peaks that resemble the jagged edge of a saw. “The best place I have found to glimpse the western land as it was in the last [the nineteenth] century, without squinting too much, is in the Sawtooth-Stanley country in south central Idaho,” writes Harlan Hague in his article “The Sawtooth-Stanley Basin Country.” In addition to this classic range of sawtooth mountains, other examples include the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range that anchors the coast of Lake Superior along the north shore, and Sawtooth Mountain, found in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area south of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In his poem “Steel Mountain,” from Sawtooth Country, David Beisly-Guiotto writes of standing atop this mountain in Idaho: “sheer sky, blue air chipped by white peaks/far as we can see.” Those jagged sawtooth peaks.

Pattiann Rogers