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Ascent of Sawmill Mountain on 2011-10-02

Climber: Gene Vityugov

Others in Party:Patrick Kao
Date:Sunday, October 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sawmill Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8818 ft / 2687 m

Ascent Trip Report

After leaving the Carrizo Plain, we headed out to Los Padres National Forest and drove up to the Mt. Pinos campground to rest before the ascent.

In the morning we began from a parking area at the end of Los Padres National Forest Road S349S . The hike to the summit of Mt. Pinos is a moderately steep 2 miles and shouldn't take more than an hour to reach (not counting breaks). The summit will be next to the antennae and is hard to miss.

Sawmill Mountain (the highpoint of Kern County) is another ~3 miles. The trail descents steeply at first down the saddle and then back up.

There is some question as to whether or not Sawmill Mountain is the true highpoint of Kern County. After looking at topo map of the area, it looks like it is. However, we did make sure to visit the other possible highpoint back on Mt. Pinos a few hundred feet away from the antennae.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear



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