Hiking Southern California
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© 2003 Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Nice hike, but it will take you far more than 5 hours. I usually beat the estimates on here by an hour, but this trail took us 6.5 hours. We ended up in the woods at night. Not a great idea. We saw a bar on the way. The climbing on this is fairly brutal, but doable and the reward is a great view. After you descend Twin Peak you have to climb mount waterman which is an ordeal in amongst itself. Great workout and good hike, just leave time.
Nice hike. Although the trail description doesn't say, you have to climb up and over Mt. Waterman twice. The total elevation gain/loss on this hike is roughly 4,000 ft. Snow often lingers on the north side (the side you climb) of Twin Peaks late into the season - crampons may be a good thing to bring if it's been a snowy season. No water on the route, so bring plenty.
Great hike in the Angeles National Forest, beautiful high country environment, alot of up and down on the trail, need to be in very good condition to enjoy this hike. Look for Nelson Big Horn Sheep in the steep areas on Twin Peaks as well as Mt. Waterman. When I did this hike in 1978 their were still small old index boxes on each of the Twin Peaks with notes left from previous hikers. I would rate this hike with four stars
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