USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Kern County, 14 miles west of Frazier Park, 90 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Ventura County, Kern County
- Forest Service: Los Padres National Forest: Mt Pinos, Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts
- USGS Topo: Sawmill Mountain 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Mount Pinos, Grouse Mountain, Cerro Noroeste
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 1.5 miles each way on trail from Mount Pinos
- Gain: 600' total, 300' out plus 300' on return
- Time: 2 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Easy
Original: John Backus, 1975
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive north on I-5 to the Frazier Park exit. Turn left (west). Note
your odometer and go as follows:
- At 7.2 miles Lockwood Valley Road forks left and the Cuddy Valley
Road goes straight. Keep straight.
- At 12.4 miles, junction with Mount Pinos Road (straight) and the Mil
Potrero Road (right). Go straight on the Mount Pinos Road.
- At 22.5 miles, a large paved parking area and a dirt road with a gate
on the west (left) side. Park here (8340').
HIKING ROUTE 1
- Hike to the summit of Mount Pinos (8831').
Sometimes the gate at the parking lot is open and high clearance vehicles
can drive to this summit, saving 1.5 miles each way and 600' of gain
to Sawmill Mountain when done as a round trip.
- From the summit of Mount Pinos,
walk about 0.2 mile west to the Condor Observation Site at a
Chumash Wilderness sign, which marks the beginning of trail 21W03.
west on this trail. The beginning of this trail takes some puzzling
meanders while descending 300' to the next saddle, but was carefully
routed to bypass rare plants found only in the Mt Pinos Summit Botanical
- From the saddle (8560+), continue west toward Sawmill on the trail,
which ascends steeply at first and then traverses rolling slopes on the
summit plateau just south of the peak.
- At the point where the trail starts
definitely downhill, leave the trail to the right (north) and follow the
ridge west to the summit. There is a very large rock pile on the summit
that contains the register.