Mt. Waterman Trail #10W04
ElevationAscent: 2,031' 619 m
Descent: -347' -106 m
High: 7,663' 2,336 m
Low: 5,979' 1,822 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A trail up the south side of Mt. Waterman with views of Twin Peaks, Devil's Canyon, and the San Gabriel Wilderness.”— Jon Gillespie
The trail starts in a section shaded by oaks, enters the wilderness, then climbs a series of switchbacks with limited shade. Most of the trees burned in the Station Fire (2009) and recovery is very slow. After 1.5 miles the trail turns east with views of Twin Peaks and Devils Canyon to the south and the Mt. Wilson area to the west.
It meanders along the south-facing slope of Mt. Waterman with occasional shade from Jeffrey pines and incense cedars. At 3.5 miles, there is a nice meadow with a spring which makes a good destination. About 4 miles the trail begins to descend and reaches a junction in 5 miles with the Twin Peaks Trail #10W04.A. This spur trail passes a delightful spring in just 0.2 miles (a worthwhile detour) then steeply descends to Twin Peaks Saddle in a mile.
Keep left at the junction and the trail begins a steep climb with many switchbacks. The trail ends at the junction with the Mt. Waterman Trail #10W05. To reach the summit, take the left fork and proceed another 1.5 miles to the summit. The right fork leads back to the Buckhorn Trailhead in 2 miles.
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office