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boisedocshort hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2017


pleasant stroll through a forest with a few snow patches left. views are not all that great.
Posted May 7, 2017 5:51 pm

StartingOverSnowy Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2017


I originally planed to hike the Vincent Tumamait trail from Cerro Noroeste, but the road to Cerro Noroeste was closed. So I drove to the end of the Mt. Pinos road and hike/postholed to Mt. Pinos and Sawmill Mountain.

Before planning the trip I checked the NOAA estimated snowfall depth, and did not see any snow, so I thought the hike would be free of snow in light of the very hot weather recently in SoCal. Big mistake. The snow was 1-3 feet deep throughout. Looking at it more closely now, I see that the amount was actually, apparently, "not estimated," so that probably should have clued me in. The snow was not much of a problem on the way to Sawmill, but the way back was challenging as the snow became soft. Still it was a grand adventure for me as it was my first real hike through snow.

Views were superb, with the spires of the Sierra Nevada clearly visible from the summits of both mountains.
Posted Mar 20, 2017 12:49 pm

WheelbarrowFun Trail Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016


It was only about 4 miles RT so I hit Sawmill Mtn. as well.
Posted Jan 21, 2017 5:33 am

gimpilator27 Peaks in 21 Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2015


This was the first peak of a 21 day hiking road-trip with Heather. Pinos was a rather boring hike to be honest. We also did:

Sawmill, Aliso, Signal, Castle Dome, Ajo, Miller, Superstition BM, Turtle HP, Old Woman, Granite, Cinder Cone 3894', Avawatz, Pahrump, Pinto, Nelson HP, Panamint Butte, Canyon Point, Shadow, Grapevine, Wahguye, Palmer, Stirling, Northshore, Black Mesa, Hamblin, and Little Virgin.

We also visited Heiroglyph Canyon, Marble Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Sheep Spring Canyon, Cadiz Dunes, Mojave Lava Tube, Parowan Gap Dinosaur tracks and numerous pertroglyph sites.

See the trip report with photos for more information.
Posted Jan 15, 2016 8:07 pm

trexkerryWarm up for Big Pine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015
Was heading down to Maricopa to spend the night before Big Pine Mountain the next day, decided to leave a few hours early and visit Pinos and Sawmill, with a little Grouse thrown in for fun. Easy hike, and surprisingly beautiful weather on the mountain while the lowlands baked in 100+ degree heat. TR is HERE.
Posted Jun 23, 2015 2:46 am

johnm Mt. Pinos to Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2015


From the Nordic Center - Nice relaxing outing with my wife on a June day. Plenty of wildflowers still blooming in spite of the drought.
Posted Jun 7, 2015 7:06 pm

xbaghateighteen 4000prom  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2015


Posted Jun 7, 2015 4:19 pm

davidsangerClear Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2015


The forecast had said 2" of snow but instead it was clear and sunny with scattered remnant snow patches. No-one in the parking lot and no way to pay for the adventure pass.
Posted Mar 20, 2015 11:22 pm

wordlessnatureNice area...  Sucess!


Beautiful mountain, showing some character of the Sierras further north..
Posted Jun 3, 2014 11:55 pm

lpitman57Mt. Pinos to Sawmill to Grouse Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2013


Beautiful day, excellent walk. 9 miles, 2500 ft. Elevation gain. Blessed my day at the Chumash prayer tower, with Buddhist prayer flags and all. Quite a rock cairn marking the summit of Sawmill. Grouse Mountain summit cairn is hard to find. It is in the pines. Mt. Pinos summit marker is over by the radio tower.
Posted Nov 2, 2013 2:03 pm

dpsiebertXC ski  Sucess!


With Laura
Posted Aug 15, 2013 4:09 am

lpitman57Mt. Pinos to Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2013


From the Nordic Base parking lot, I hiked over Pinos to Sawmill Mountain on May 23, 2013, starting around noon. No snow, beautiful weather. Temperatures 62 to 65 in the sun, 55 degrees in the shade. Cool winds about 3 to 5 mph off the marine layer below, over the valleys. Blue sky above with chilly gusts up to 15 to 20 mph at times. Made for a brisk 4 hour, 7 mile hike above 8000 feet. Good preparation for moving up in elevation. 10,000 feet is next....
Posted May 25, 2013 12:08 pm

Terry FazioMt Pinos - Sawmill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

Terry Fazio

Hiked this along with Sawmill last Saturday. Was planning to add Grouse as well, but missed the turn & ended up just adding several miles through the forest. It was a beautiful day with only a little snow left. Once I got past Mt Pinos summit, I didn't see anyone until the return trip between Pinos & Sawmill.
Posted Apr 20, 2013 8:27 pm

Fletchwith Sawmill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010


quick trip - very fun
Posted Dec 27, 2012 6:16 pm

kevinsaMount Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2012


Watch the Superbowl or hike up a mountain? That's an easy choice.
Posted Sep 26, 2012 2:17 pm

orbitorFrom Nordic Base via Mt. Pinos Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


Easy stroll up to the flat summit, nice views in all directions.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 5:19 pm

labgloveswith Sawmill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2012


This was a nice hike in some snow as a diversion on a drive from Pasadena to the Bay. I started from the Nordic Station at the end of the road, and continued to Sawmill.
Posted Feb 21, 2012 12:21 am

cdogworkin'  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1999


hiked this summit a few times while brushing and maintaining the trail, during my time on a Forest Service trail crew
Posted Feb 14, 2012 10:17 am

DundeelMt. Pinos Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2011


Also did Sawmill and Sawmill West. Easy hiking. Beautiful day.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Vic HansonBeautiful Fall day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2011

Vic Hanson

Recently got interested in highpoint lists, did Sawmill and Grouse today as well.
Posted Oct 21, 2011 1:58 am

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