Sawmill Mountain is located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, in the vicinity of Lake Hughes. It got its name from the time when loggers once worked the northern side of the mountain.

In 1929 a Forest Service fire lookout was established on the peak. By 1934 plans were set to dismantle the 30 foot steel lookout tower since the tower did not fit into the “new detection plan” and by 1935 the lookout was moved to Tejon.

Cement blocks are all that remain on the summit.

Looking towards Sawmill

Sawmill Mountain lookout remains

Cement blocks of Sawmill Mountain Lookout

Sawmill 1932

Sawmill No 1 1932

From Warm Springs Topo Map 1936


Check out Ron Kemnow’s post on Sawmill Mountain Lookout 

Check out the rest of my posts on Angeles Forest fire lookouts here