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Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California
by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
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.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
The “top of the world” views from Waterman Mountain and especially Twin Peaks ridge are among the best in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Day Hiking Los Angeles
by Casey Schreiner (The Mountaineers Books)
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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