Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7:45 am at Carpool Location OR 9:00 am at Trailhead
Location: Angeles National Forest, via Highway 2
Distance: 6.4 miles
Elevation: 1225 ft
Hike Time: 3-4 hrs
Trail Type: Well maintained trail and fire road
Hike Type: Loop
Mount Waterman is a scenic, moderately challenging hike that includes views of the high desert, the Los Angeles Basin, and other nearby mountain peaks.
We’ll be hiking this beautiful, forested trail at the tail-end of the season, before the winter snows. Check out Google Street View to see what the trailhead looks like in January, covered in snow!
We will meet at 7:45 am at the Carpool Location in La Canada Flintridge and drive 50 minutes up Highway 2 to the trailhead. Alternatively, hikers can meet us at the trailhead at 9 am. All parked cars need to display an Adventure Pass, so carpooling is encouraged.
The trail is a 6.4 mile loop, with 1,225 ft of elevation gain and rated as moderate. Part of the loop is on a wide fire road, and we’ll pass the old Waterman Ski Resort as we make our way through a forest of fragrant Incense Cedars to the summit. We’ll have lunch on the summit before heading back to our cars. Depending on group size, and rest breaks, the hike should take between 3 and 4 hours.
If you would like to carpool or can offer to drive a carpool, meet at 7:45 AM at this residential street location at the base of the mountain/ Angeles Crest Hwy (2) in La Cañada Flintridge: Chehalem Rd & Flanders Rd. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/cxwZVAjkAuG2
If you would like to meet at the trailhead, head North on Highway 2 from La Canada Flintridge into the Angeles National Forest. It is a roughly 50-minute drive from La Canada Flintridge to the parking area.
Park at the Buckhorn Station Day Use Area: https://goo.gl/maps/HJy2tmxVsL42
The trailhead is just south of the parking area, across Highway 2 (in front of the white gate): https://goo.gl/maps/WdqvRisHNFS2
At 1,225 ft of elevation gain, this hike is rated as moderate. It is not a beginner hike, but it is also not particularly strenuous if you are an experienced hiker. Be prepared and know your limits, and you’ll have a great time!
Have a full tank of gas if you’re driving to the trailhead. Study the trailhead map beforehand because there won't be cell reception up the mountain. Get a good night's rest and bring plenty of water & lunch/snacks.
What to Bring:
The 10 essentials. Good hiking boots/shoes, sunscreen, and hat. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring at least 2 liters of water.
Be sure to bring layers of clothing, including a jacket. There may be some snow. Gloves and a beanie are also a good idea, depending on weather. It can be cold at the summit!
In the event we get major rains in November, check the website or contact the hike leader before joining us on the hike. If the trail is too snowy, we will need to cancel.
Jeremy Munns. If you have any questions, please call/text Jeremy at 801-678-0111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-leader: Matthew Bokach
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