Originally I had this delusional plan to summit Sawtooth Peak just above Buchanan Pass. From the Camp Dick trailhead it would be 16 miles RT. I'd forgotten it was closed for the winter so this was gonna bump the round trip distance up to near 20miles. I'll have to save this for another day when I have more time (pre-dawn start and finish by headlight).
Caltopo map here
The snow was pretty deep and soft. Since it hadn't been tracked at all yet (which was surprising), even with snowshoes I was sinking 8-10 inches per step. It was quite a slog.
Maybe the best strategy for winter ascent of Sawtooth Peak a basecamp just below the treeline (see map).