Aerial view of Sawmill Canyon high elevation summer range.
Photo by Steve Yaeger - Mixed group or rams, ewes and lambs on Sierra east-side during winter.
The Sawmill Canyon herd is one of the original native Sierra bighorn herds, and has been used as a source for translocations to many other herds in the Sierra, including Wheeler Ridge (1979), Mt. Langley (1982), and Laurel Creek (2015). Bighorn in this herd are most accessible for viewing on low-elevation winter range near the front of Sawmill Canyon from December to early April, depending on snow conditions. Many Sierra bighorn in the Sawmill Canyon herd travel back and forth to the Mt. Baxter herd regularly. In the summer of 2021 we estimated there were approximately 70 sheep in this herd.