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14A

Waterman Mountain

8038'

Location: Los Angeles County, about 14 miles north of Azusa, 49 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Waterman Mountain 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Twin Peaks

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1200'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Keep straight.
  • Continue about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. Keep straight.
  • Continue 19.8 miles farther on Angeles Crest Highway to a parking area on the left, just past the Mt. Waterman ski lift. Park here. There is a restroom just below the road at Buckhorn Ranger Station.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6740'), hike southeast along the road about 200' to a gated dirt road on the south side.
  • Pass the gate and turn left (east) on a trail just past the gate.
  • Follow the trail to a trail junction at 7720'. This is the turnoff for Twin Peaks.
  • Keep right and follow the trail as it ascends to a saddle on the summit ridge.
  • Leave the trail on the left (south) and go a few hundred feet to the summit. The rocks seen 1/4 mile to the north may look higher but are not.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 13 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4050' total, 3050' out plus 1000' on return
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Bob Thompson, March 1989 (edited 2009)

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Keep straight.
  • Continue about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. Keep straight.
  • Continue 13.5 miles farther on Angeles Crest Highway to the intersection with Sulphur Springs Road (Three Points). Turn left (north).
  • Drive a short distance to a parking lot on the left with restrooms. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (5920'), the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) starts near the restroom. Follow it down the hill and across Angeles Crest Highway.
  • It turns east and climbs a short distance to a trail fork. The PCT goes left. Go right.
  • Follow this trail around the south side of Waterman Mountain until it reaches another fork (7000'). This is the turnoff for Twin Peaks.
  • Keep left and continue to a third fork (7560') where you meet Route 1.
  • Keep left again and follow the trail as it ascends to a saddle on the summit ridge.
  • Leave the trail on the left (south) and go a few hundred feet to the summit. The rocks seen 1/4 mile to the north may look higher but are not.

ROUTE 2 NOTE

There are a variety of cross-country approaches to shorten the distance to the summit.


HISTORICAL NOTES

Robert Waterman originally named this peak Mount Lady Waterman after his wife, the first white woman to climb it. Later according to tradition in the Forest Service, the mountain was named for him. Waterman was active as a Forest Ranger 1904-1908, in the old San Gabriel Timberland Reserve.

History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 8-August-2010
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