Sawmill Connector # 636A
Distance: 4.7 miles
Difficulty: (as rated by the US Forest Service)
Hiking - Moderate
Mountain Biking - Difficult
Equestrian - Moderate
Trailhead Parking: Use Timber Mesa or Panorama Trailheads. Both accommodate trailers
Access to Trail: From the Lakeside Ranger Station, travel south on AZ 260 for 0.1 mile. Turn left on Porter Mountain Rd. (FR 45) for 2.2 miles, then right on Porter Mountain Rd. (FR 45) at the junction with Penrod Rd. Take a left at .5 mile for Timber Mesa Trailhead or continue on Porter Mountain Road for 3.8 miles and turn left to Panorama Trailhead.
Trail Highlights: Both connector trails (636A and 636B) cross the top of Timber Mesa, one to the north of Porter Mountain and one to the south. The Sawmill Connector has been rerouted along the ridge north of the old Sawmill forest road trail and continues through scenic areas with lovely views. This trail is well worth the effort to access it.