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StartingOverSnowy Sawmill  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 12:50 pm

WheelbarrowImpressive Summit Cairn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016


Worth the detour on the way to Ojai from highway 166. It was a good sampler and I look forward to a longer run in the area in the future.
Posted Jan 21, 2017 5:36 am

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


This was the second peak of a 21 day hiking road-trip with Heather. Both Pinos and Sawmill were not super impressive, but the summit cairn was neat. We also did:

Pinos, 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 8:09 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 2:45 am

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


Pleasant quick one from Mt. Pinos. The hike down to the saddle is alive with wildflowers. Impressive Cairn at the top.
Posted Jun 7, 2015 7:10 pm

davidsangerClear Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2015


after Pinos, easy hike, then continued to Sawmill West, the triple divide point.
Posted Mar 20, 2015 11:24 pm

wordlessnatureNice area...  Sucess!


Beautiful hike, with a monster cairn!
Posted Jun 3, 2014 11:56 pm

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


Beautiful day, excellent hike. 9 miles and 2500 ft. elevation gain. Blessed the hike at the Chumash Prayer tower, equipped with Buddhist prayer flags and all. Quite a summit cairn. Temperatures ranged from 58 at the morning start, to the high 80's on the trail in the afternoon. Blue sky all day. Grouse mountain summit cairn hard to find. It's in the pines. Pinos summit over by the radio tower.
Posted Nov 2, 2013 4:39 pm

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

Terry Fazio

Hiked Pinos & Sawmill last Saturday. Was planning to add Grouse as well, but missed the turn & just walked through the woods fora few miles. Beautiful day with just a little snow in spots. Only saw a couple people on the way out and no one on the way back until about half way between Sawmill & Pinos.
Posted Apr 20, 2013 8:32 pm

FletchWinter is more fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010


Valentines day before the wife got home.
Posted Dec 27, 2012 6:16 pm

kevinsaSawmill Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2012


An easy "2fer" along with Mt. Pinos.
Posted Oct 4, 2012 12:46 pm

orbitorFrom Mt. Pinos on Vincent Tumamait Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


Kept going along the ridge after Pinos, hit Sawmill as 2nd peak of the day. Two county high points in 1 day was nice!
Posted Apr 16, 2012 5:23 pm

labglovesFrom Mount Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2012


It was a brisk day in some snow. I hiked from the Nordic station, over Mt Pinos.
Posted Feb 21, 2012 12:23 am

DundeelSawmilling  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2011


Also did Pinos and Sawmill West, along with the possible Kern Cohp on Pinos.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 2:21 pm

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

Vic Hanson

Recently got interested in highpoint lists, did PiƱos and Grouse today as well.
Posted Oct 21, 2011 1:52 am

dgrutherfordFrom Nordic Center  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2011


Hiked along with Pino & Grouse. Very cold and windy day with patches of snow
Posted Sep 21, 2011 2:13 pm

cabFrom Mt. Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2011


A really cold day, but a nice walk through the forest. Lots of clouds around the summit, so not much for views. Continued on to Grouse Mtn. and Cerro Noroeste.
Posted May 16, 2011 10:38 am

Tracyfrom Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010


I hiked this one with Steven and Tyrel Stembridge, Tyler Smith, Cody Cureton, Kody Seastrunk, and Asa Sackschewsky.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 9:45 pm

butitsadryheatTwo in a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009


Tagged it along with Mount Pinos with the family. Pretty uneventful. The kids were not impressed, except for the view below. Had lunch and headed back. Round trip of just several leisurely hours.
Posted Jun 28, 2010 11:38 pm

mrchad9From Pinos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2005


Watched a truck commercial being filmed on the road below the trailhead. Water trucks wetting the road and I've never seen so many people constantly polishing a vehicle that supposedly looks rugged.
Posted May 9, 2010 4:44 am

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