Mount Pinos Climber's Log

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GlennD - Feb 18, 2024 9:06 pm Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2023

Pinos  Sucess!

Just a bit of patchy snow. Great conditions!


Domtron - Dec 18, 2022 9:44 am Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2022

Mount Pinos  Sucess!

Group hike with some of my boys. Easy going but snow made it icy and slippery.

T. White

T. White - Aug 15, 2022 12:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2022

With Sawmill  Sucess!

Popular Sunday trail; decent views down San Emigdio Canyon to Mineral King across the valley. Beautiful wildflowers on the way here.


IronHiker - Jun 8, 2022 2:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2022

w/Sawmill  Sucess!

Short hike to Pinos, then on to Sawmill. Gentle area.


huskertriguy - May 16, 2021 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2021

Ventura & Kern  Sucess!

Easy walk up from primary trailhead. Started mid-afternoon as was coming from Burbank and made a couple stops along the way (including St. Francis Dam NM). Only 2-3 other vehicles in parking lot on weekday afternoon. Met 2 people on way up and once at the summit, saw 2 others coming up the road (though they turned around before the junction to the summit).

Continued on to Sawmill Mountain, attempting (and failing) to find the outcrop on Piños that is the potential Kern County high point on my way to the Sawmill summit. Few seemed to have continued to Sawmill from Piños as I do not recall if I saw bootprints. I bypassed one false summit before making my way to the massive cairn marking the Sawmill summit. On my return trip it was easier to more readily identify the outcrop on Piños -- I think. I did not have coordinates, so I did my best, lest it is discovered to be higher than the Sawmill summit and I would have to return. Back to vehicle with an hour of daylight remaining.


dfox - Feb 3, 2019 2:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2018

Mount Pinos and Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!

Was visiting my hometown of Bakersfield and decided to hike the high points of Ventura and Kern counties while there.

utclimber - Jun 24, 2018 4:58 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2018

Pinos and Sawmill  Sucess!

Quick hike, no snow even in mid-February. RT around 2.5 hours.


boisedoc - May 7, 2017 5:51 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2017

short hike  Sucess!

pleasant stroll through a forest with a few snow patches left. views are not all that great.


StartingOver - Mar 20, 2017 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2017

Snowy Pinos  Sucess!

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.


Wheelbarrow - Jan 21, 2017 5:33 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

Fun Trail Run  Sucess!

It was only about 4 miles RT so I hit Sawmill Mtn. as well.


gimpilator - Jan 15, 2016 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2015

27 Peaks in 21 Days  Sucess!

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.

trexkerry - Jun 23, 2015 2:46 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015

Warm up for Big Pine  Sucess!

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.

johnm - Jun 7, 2015 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2015

Mt. Pinos to Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!

From the Nordic Center - Nice relaxing outing with my wife on a June day. Plenty of wildflowers still blooming in spite of the drought.


xbaghat - Jun 7, 2015 4:19 pm Date Climbed: May 16, 2015

eighteen 4000prom  Sucess!



davidsanger - Mar 20, 2015 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2015

Clear Day  Sucess!

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.


wordlessnature - Jun 3, 2014 11:55 pm

Nice area...  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain, showing some character of the Sierras further north..


lpitman57 - Nov 2, 2013 2:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2013

Mt. Pinos to Sawmill to Grouse Mountain  Sucess!

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.


dpsiebert - Aug 15, 2013 4:09 am

XC ski  Sucess!

With Laura


lpitman57 - May 25, 2013 12:08 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2013

Mt. Pinos to Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!

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....

Terry Fazio

Terry Fazio - Apr 20, 2013 8:27 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

Mt Pinos - Sawmill  Sucess!

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.

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