Waterman Mountain Trail

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California 91793

Distance4.0mi
Elevation Gain1,532ft
Trailhead Elevation6,804ft
Top7,681ft
Elevation Min/Max6772/7681ft
Elevation Start/End6804/6804ft

Waterman Mountain Trail

Waterman Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and San Gabriel Wilderness. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 6,804 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,532 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Twin Peaks Use Trail.

Waterman Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a very pleasant hike. The area is wonderfully wooded and streams guard the lower reaches of the trail. According to the story of these mountains, this peak was originally named Lady Waterman’s Peak. The Watermans, along with Commodore Perry Switzer, crossed the San Gabriels from Pasadena to Antelope Valley and back again during three weeks in May of 1889. Supposedly, Lady Waterman built a cairn on top of the peak, and the three intrepid trailblazers claimed and named the summit after her. No one else ever acknowledged or included Lady in the name, even though Robert Waterman tried until his death to have Lady kept as the moniker of the mountain. The name only passes to us through tales of old."

"This is a pleasant hike. The area is wonderfully wooded, and streams guard the lower reaches of the mountain. The trip is fairly short, not too rocky, and at least some of the way is soft and duff-covered. Much of the trail is shaded. Wildlife, including bighorn sheep, can be seen in the region. If any peak can be described as a beginner’s hike, then this is it: less than 5 miles roundtrip, and 1300 feet in elevation gain."

"The “top of the world” views from Waterman Mountain and especially Twin Peaks ridge are among the best in the San Gabriel Mountains."

"The Waterman Mountain loop takes you through a historic ski resort and along the edge of the San Gabriel Wilderness. Although the views from the actual summit are blocked a bit by trees, the trail itself is a wonderful experience in the high San Gabriels with plentiful pine trees and nice views south toward Twin Peaks and Bear Creek Canyon."

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Trail Information

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Nearby City
San Gabriel Wilderness
Parks
Angeles National Forest/San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Waterman Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018