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.
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.
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.
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.
Pleasant quick one from Mt. Pinos. The hike down to the saddle is alive with wildflowers. Impressive Cairn at the top.
after Pinos, easy hike, then continued to Sawmill West, the triple divide point.
Beautiful hike, with a monster cairn!
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.
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.
Valentines day before the wife got home.
An easy "2fer" along with Mt. Pinos.
Kept going along the ridge after Pinos, hit Sawmill as 2nd peak of the day. Two county high points in 1 day was nice!
It was a brisk day in some snow. I hiked from the Nordic station, over Mt Pinos.
Also did Pinos and Sawmill West, along with the possible Kern Cohp on Pinos.
Recently got interested in highpoint lists, did Piños and Grouse today as well.
Hiked along with Pino & Grouse. Very cold and windy day with patches of snow
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.
I hiked this one with Steven and Tyrel Stembridge, Tyler Smith, Cody Cureton, Kody Seastrunk, and Asa Sackschewsky.
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.
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.