Sawmill Pass Trail

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Sawmill Pass Trail is a 23.8 mile out and back trail located near Big Pine, California that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
23.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
8553 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

backpacking
1 month ago

I took the Sawmill Pass trail from Sawmill Junction to the trailhead on July 28 2017. We used Sawmill as a bail out point from the JMT as one of our group had to be air lifted out. The trail is listed as an unmaintained trail. From the junction its a little tough to find the trail but once you do find it I thought that it was about as well maintained as any of the other trails on the JMT. Due to the extensive snow melt a lot of this trail was covered in water on the way up to the pass. It was by far the prettiest of all of the trails we had done up to this point. The lakes and wildflowers were incredible. Once we made it to the pass and over the other side it was a long way to the trail head. 3 miles to the pass from the junction and a good 10+ down. The first 4 down were gorgeous but as soon as you wind your way back up to the second peak it is like hiking through the desert for 6 miles. Hot, windy, and no water source so make sure you have enough to get to the bottom. Overall a beautiful but strenuous hike. I think if I was starting at the trailhead and going to the junction I would have made this a 2 day hike. It is an extremely steep trail heading down so going up would be brutal.