Sawmill  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Suicide Mountain, The Seven Hermits
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR451 5.23 9,400 to 10,360 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Highway 24
Minturn, CO 81645
(970)827-5715
Summary: Sawmill is old logging roads on the north side of Hardscrabble Mountain. One spur ties in with a BLM road to Hardscrabble Saddle.
Attractions:  
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Open, but may have some drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Sawmill, FT1892 - Hiking, Equestrian, Mountain Bike
Camping: There is one campsite near the intersection with FR461.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Crooked Creek Pass.
Fall Colors: Very Good - There are aspens all along the north side of Hardscrabble Mountain.
Navigation: From Eagle, CO. head west on Grand Avenue for 341 feet. Turn left onto Capitol Street and go 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Brush Creek Road and go 1.0 mile. Turn left to stay on Brush Creek Road and go 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardscrabble Mountain Road and go 9.0 miles. Keep right to start Sawmill, FR451.
History:  
Description:
Starting from the Hardscrabble Road, FR413, the Sawmill road will be a single lane graded road that heads west along the side of Hardcrabble Mountain through aspen trees. After 0.65 miles you will cross Sawmill Gulch and pass the Sawmill Trail, FT1892, on your left at the curve in the bottom of the gulch. From hear you will head out of the gulch and then cross two more small drainages which are part of the Hernage Creek drainage. The road will continue west, before coming to an intersection. The road on the right is Fire Box, FR461, road which heads down along Hernage Creek. There is a faint road straight ahead that is no longer used. On your left is the continuation of the Sawmill road.

Staying on the Sawmill road you will come to another intersection in a tenth of a mile. The road to the right is FR451.1B which is a narrower two track. It heads west through the aspen trees crossing two small drainages.
Start of FR451.1B

photo by:
Adam M

Open section on FR451.1B

photo by:
Adam M

FR451.1B will turn north and follow a ridge on the east side of Abrams Creek heading toward Hardscrabble Saddle. After about a mile and a quarter the road will continue, but you will leave Forest Service managed lands and enter BLM managed lands. The road will now be the Hardscrabble Saddle, BLM8383, road.
Aspen trees along FR451.1B

photo by:
Adam M

Back at the intersection, the road to the left is the continuation of the Sawmill road. After going just under two tenths of a mile you will come to a hairpin turn with a road to the right off the haripin. This spur road to the right is a two track that is the continuation of the Sawmill road FR451. It goes just over a half mile to a turn around. Back at the intersection continue around the hairpin to the left and you will now be on FR451.1A. After a short distance this road will also become a two track. It heads east higher up on Hardscrabble Mountain. You will be in pine forests as you head back across the Hernage Creek drainages passing open areas that have been logged. After 1.2 miles the road will end at a turn around above Sawmill Gulch.
Data updated - December 27, 2021      4WD Road driven - September 4, 2021      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2022