Sawmill Trail - # 39

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View west towards Foote Creek area

The Sawmill Trail (# 39) is 5.3 miles long. It begins at Trailhead and ends at Jct.trail # 54.

The trail is open for hiking and horseback riding, but like all Wilderness and Primitive Area trails, all types of motorized and mehcanized travel are prohibited.


Sawmill Trail leads from the Blue Rive to the rim of Blue River Canyon and the edge of the Mogollon Rim (pronounced muggy-own) along steep, high Telephone Ridge. This ridge separates Largo and Sawmill Canyons, two major tributaries of the Blue. Excellent views of these two scenic canyons as well as the broader panoramas of the Blue River Canyon country mark the ridge-top reaches of this trail. Sawmill Trail intersects the WS Lake Trail, which a short distance further reaches the 8,550-foot summit of Bear Mountain. Some of the best views in the entire Blue Range Mountains await you at the end of this 5.5 mile, 3,000 foot climb.
                Other areas accessible from this trail include Largo Creek and Sawmill Canyon, both of which may be reached via the connecting Telephone Ridge Trail #42.  Either one of these alternative routes makes a good loop hike if you arrange the two-mile shuttle between Sawmill and Blue Camp trailheads in advance.
                Most of the hike along the Sawmill Trail is through high desert country. Trailside vegetation varies from pinyon-juniper woodlands at lower elevations to stands of ponderosa pines and Gambel oak along the ridges and more shaded slopes.

Trail Log:

0.0          Trailhead at Blue River

1.3      Cross streambed, trail ascends slope to the south.

3.2       Good views to the west, trail climbs steadily to Telephone Ridge.

3.4       Turn right at the saddle; trail continues to ascend, now following the high ridgeline of Telephone Ridge. Panoramic views in all directions.

5.4      Trail terminus at junction with WS Lake Trail (to reach Blue Mountain summit, continue along WS Lake Trail .25 mile to the access trail to Blue Mountain lookout).

view to the north-north-west View west towards Foote Creek area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: #636A Sawmill Connector temp closed
Usage: Light
Best Season: April - October
Restrictions:   No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in the Blue Range Primitive Area.
Water: There are no reliable water sources along this trail.
Information Center: Alpine Ranger District - (928) 339-5000

General Information



Drive 3.5 miles east of Alpine on US 180 to FR 281 (Blue River Road). Turn south and follow this well-maintained gravel road along the Blue River for 24.5 miles to the Sawmill Trailhead on the left (east) side of the road.

General Notes:


There are no reliable water sources along this trail.

To reach the top of Bear Mountain, you must continue past the junction with WS Lake Trail #54 approximately .25 mile to the Bear Mountain lookout access trail.

No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in the Blue Range Primitive Area.

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5.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
5,600 - 8,400