Sawtooth Pass Trail to Columbine Lake

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Sawtooth Pass Trail to Columbine Lake is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 12.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,698 feet Route Type: Out & Back




no dogs

Directions from Lookout Point Entrance: Follow Mineral King Road eastward to its end. Find the Sawtooth Trailhead and follow the Monarch Lakes Trail northeastward.

Mon Jul 24 2017

I did this trail as part of a 45 mile backpacking loop. It's great! Here is the trip report:

Mon Jul 18 2016

The hike itself is beautiful, but I personally struggled as a result of poor preparation. I failed to acclimate at all, and got on the trail at 11 AM...dumb. I would suggest to anyone that is planning on doing this hike to find a way to acclimate--maybe car camp near the trailhead, come from somewhere that is similar elevation, and/or backpack to Monarch Lake and stay the night there and summit in the morning. The road to the trailhead is HORRIBLE..try to avoid coming from the 198.

Thu Jan 01 2015

Went late in Sept. Cloud cover blocked the views but it was still a great Hike

5 months ago

Sun May 01 2016

Sun Feb 28 2016