The United States Congress designated the Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 33,612 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Ridges extend like fingers from the Laguna Mountains east to become Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness, with elevations from 5,600 feet down to 1,400 feet. Valleys between the ridges unfold to become the desert alluvial fans of Vallecito Valley, Inner Pasture, and Canebrake Canyon. Vegetation transforms from dense chaparral at the higher elevations of the Lagunas to low desert creosote brush. More than 200 plant species have been identified here, many of them under consideration for threatened or endangered status. Although peninsular bighorn sheep once lived here, they are now transient visitors. You may see San Diego horned lizards, spotted bats, and willow flycatchers. Golden eagles, prairie falcons, Cooper's hawks, and other raptors spread their wings overhead.
State Route 2 runs near the northern boundary, but private land prevents legal access from that direction. The Pepperwood Height Trail from the south provides five miles of relatively easy foot or horse access. Springs may supply water.