Sawyer is one of the more popular routes in the Indian Lake Region, mainly due to its excellent payoff for little effort. Fun for the entire family, Sawyer should not be missed.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to the trailhead on the left.
From the trailhead you will start to climb a bit before the trail levels off on a small plateau. Passing by an interesting rock feature you will soon start to climb moderately up the shoulder of Sawyer Mountain. There is one slightly steeper section as it comes to some open slab rock but it soon eases up. You will crest over a lower summit of Sawyer and drop slightly to the viewing platform that is a couple rock shelves.
The trail does not summit at the true top, which is about 0.2 miles further to the south with no trail access, and no views are awarded from the true summit. While somewhat limited, the view from Sawyer Mountain is unique as it is one of the few hikes in that stretch of Route 30.
1.1 miles to the summit
Family with Young Kids
- 1 hour to summit
- 45 minutes to summit
Out of Shape Hiker
- 1 hour to summit
This is an excellent snowshoe for the entire family no matter the current condition of the snow pack. Choose Sawyer as an excellent introduction to snowshoeing for adults or children. The summit is well shielded from heavy winds.
As one of the more popular short hikes in the region, this makes for a great first snowshoe destination for the kids. From the trailhead you will start to climb a bit before the trail levels off on a small plateau and becomes a very easy walk through the woods. There is one slightly steeper section as it comes to some open slab rock under the deep snow cover, making footing a bit tricky, but it soon eases up. You will crest over a lower summit of Sawyer and drop slightly to the viewing platform from a rocky outcropping. This summit is well sheltered giving ample opportunity for a relaxing summit experience and the opportunity to have some hot chocolate without battling strong, cold winds.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for just under 5-miles to the trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is the perfect snowshoe trip for the entire family.
This trail is not recommended for cross-country skiing.