Sawmill Mountain Climber's Log

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IronHiker - Jun 8, 2022 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2022

w/Pinos  Sucess!

Easy hike to pick up both Pinos and Sawmill. Impressive cairn, the largest I've seen on a summit.

Took boulders back up from the saddle as a shortcut, saved 5 minutes vs the switchbacks.


huskertriguy - May 16, 2021 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2021

Ventura & Kern  Sucess!

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dfox - Feb 3, 2019 2:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2018

Sawmill Mountain and Mount Pinos  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 4:59 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2018

Pinos and Sawmill  Sucess!

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


StartingOver - Mar 20, 2017 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2017

Snowy Sawmill  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 5:36 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

Impressive Summit Cairn  Sucess!

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.


gimpilator - Jan 15, 2016 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2015

27 Peaks in 21 Days  Sucess!

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.

trexkerry - Jun 23, 2015 2:45 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 7:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2015

Mt. Pinos to Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!

Pleasant quick one from Mt. Pinos. The hike down to the saddle is alive with wildflowers. Impressive Cairn at the top.


davidsanger - Mar 20, 2015 11:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2015

Clear Day  Sucess!

after Pinos, easy hike, then continued to Sawmill West, the triple divide point.


wordlessnature - Jun 3, 2014 11:56 pm

Nice area...  Sucess!

Beautiful hike, with a monster cairn!


lpitman57 - Nov 2, 2013 4:39 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2013

Mt. Pinos to Sawmill to Grouse Mountain  Sucess!

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.

Terry Fazio

Terry Fazio - Apr 20, 2013 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

Mt Pinos - Sawmill  Sucess!

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.


Fletch - Dec 27, 2012 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010

Winter is more fun  Sucess!

Valentines day before the wife got home.


kevinsa - Oct 4, 2012 12:46 pm Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2012

Sawmill Mountain  Sucess!

An easy "2fer" along with Mt. Pinos.


orbitor - Apr 16, 2012 5:23 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

From Mt. Pinos on Vincent Tumamait Trail  Sucess!

Kept going along the ridge after Pinos, hit Sawmill as 2nd peak of the day. Two county high points in 1 day was nice!


labgloves - Feb 21, 2012 12:23 am Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2012

From Mount Pinos  Sucess!

It was a brisk day in some snow. I hiked from the Nordic station, over Mt Pinos.


Dundeel - Nov 11, 2011 2:21 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2011

Sawmilling  Sucess!

Also did Pinos and Sawmill West, along with the possible Kern Cohp on Pinos.

Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Oct 21, 2011 1:52 am Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2011

Nice Fall day!  Sucess!

Recently got interested in highpoint lists, did Piños and Grouse today as well.


dgrutherford - Sep 21, 2011 2:13 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2011

From Nordic Center  Sucess!

Hiked along with Pino & Grouse. Very cold and windy day with patches of snow

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