24 July 1999
By: Bobcat Thompson
Leaders: Bobcat Thompson, Joe Young
Fourteen hikers met at La Cañada carpool point at 8 am for the 6th annual Mt Waterman Rendezvous. We carpooled to Cloudburst Summit (7018') and left half the cars there for the end of the hike. Then we drove back to Three Points for the start of the hike by 9:30 am.
Up the PCT we hiked, turning right at the first junction, just behind Byron's group of nineteen hikers who were hiking up the West Ridge of Waterman. Four miles farther up the trail brought us to "Bobcat Meadow" with lemon lilies and ferns galore. Another mile and we were ready for the Pathfinder part of the hike - straight up the southern ridges and gullies of Waterman, through Bighorn Country (one bighorn pad was passed) to the summit of Waterman by 12:30 pm.
Here we met other groups who had hiked up from Buckhorn, Three Points, Kratka Ridge and Twin Peaks - almost ninety people in all. After sharing goodies for an hour and taking some photos and meeting old friends (Howe Bailey was 87 years young) we hiked down to the Waterman Ski Lift and then down a very steep ridge trail to Cloudburst Summit by 3 pm.
Thanks to Joe Young and James Carden for assisting on this Waterman adventure.
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