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