Dawson Saddle to Mount Lewis

HARD 2 reviews
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Dawson Saddle to Mount Lewis is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles 442 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash





wild flowers

The quintessential San Gabriel Mountains hiking trail: steep, high and dry. A breath-taking, no-nonsense, no-switchback trail that heads straight to the mercifully flattish top. Fabulous views. The ascent is a calf-stretching, knee-aching 45 angle up an even steeper pine-needled, rubble-covered, slippery slope - not for the timid or breathless. Descent in some places required putting my center of gravity behind me and slip sliding down using hands and feet for brakes and navigation.

2 months ago

Short but STEEP. Trekking poles are recommended. Good views up top broken by pines that provide lots of shady places and flat spots to lay your head. This peak sees only a fraction of the foot traffic experienced by its neighboring peaks.

4 years ago

Also known as the Dawson Saddle to Mount Lewis trail - very steep climb over a short distance. Flat on top. Great place to enjoy lunch under a shady tree while enjoy spectacular views of Baden-Powell, Burnham, Throop, Mt. Islip , as well as the Mojave Desert.