Dawson Saddle to PCT [s]

Segment: Dawson Saddle to junction with the Pacific Crest Trail

Stats: From Dawson Saddle to PCT: 1.8 miles, 887′ gain.  From PCT to Dawson Saddle: 1.8 miles, 887′ loss.  Round trip 3.6 miles, 887′ gain and loss

Last Hiked: 7-11-2020


  1. Dawson Saddle to Throop Peak Lollipop: 4 miles, 1235′ of gain and loss.
  2. Dawson Saddle to Throop Peak: 4.2 miles, 1235′ gain and loss.
  3. Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell: 8.8 miles, 2236′ gain and loss.
  4. Dawson Saddle to Mt. Lewis and Throop Peak: 5.2 miles, 1728′ of gain and loss
  5. Dawson Saddle to Mt. Burnham and Throop Peak: 6.5 miles, 2,080′ of gain and loss.
  6. Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell: 8.8 miles, 2236′ of gain and loss.

There are two trailheads close to each other.  The main difference is the old trailhead is a little shorter and steeper.  The two trailheads connect a short distance up the trail.

Old trailhead (across from building).

Boy Scout trailhead east of the old trailhead.

Take either trailhead up the mountain.  Along the way there is a subtle junction that follows the ridge up to Throop Peak.  If you notice this junction stay on the trail to the left.

Junction with Throop Peak Ridge Trail

The Dawson Saddle Trail joins the Pacific Crest Trail at a T junction.  There is a trail sign that shows directions from there.

Trail Marker at top of Dawson Saddle Trail

More photos here

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