*** YOU MUST BRING A FACE COVERING to meet up at the trailhead and to use on trail when it is not possible to avoid close proximity to other hikers. Please be mindful of other people’s space. DO NOT APPROACH ANYONE WITHOUT YOUR FACE COVERING.
*** Hike is waitlisted. For the time being, you must have hiked with us previously. Put yourself on the list and I will add you if I feel you can complete the hike AT THE GROUP’S PACE SAFELY. Also, limiting the total number of attendees (~8) so please change your RSVP immediately if you cannot make it. Apologies for not being able to add everyone but safety is the main priority right now.
Trying a route I’ve never done before. We will ascend a slightly overgrown trail (long pants recommended) and descend the nearby ridge. Trail is exposed. Please review the stats and BRING MORE WATER than you think you’ll need!!
*** Adventure Pass required to park ***
Distance: 11.5+ miles
Elevation Gain: 3000+ ft
Trail: exposed, single track, overgrown
Duration: 6-7 hours
Adventure Pass: YES
Write up is Don’s:
Waterman Mountain stands guard over some of the most remote country in the San Gabriel Mountains. The San Gabriel Wilderness Area here and the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area to the east both have a large area without trails or roads, leaving them mostly undisturbed by a human presence. Both areas have significant populations of Bighorn Sheep due to this remoteness.
The countryside is magnificent here, towering 4000′ above Devils Canyon to the West, 4500′ above Bear Creek to the East, and 5000′ above San Gabriel River Canyon to the South. All locations the VHC has hiked. Nearly the entire San Gabriels can be seen from atop. The peak and most of the slopes below are covered with Jeffrey and ponderosa pine.
Waterman Mountain ~ elev 8038
Named according to USFS tradition after Robert B. Waterman, pioneer mountain man and a Ranger in the San Gabriel Forest Reserve (1904-M). Waterman, together with his wife Liz, and their friend Perry Switzer, completed a three week hike from La Cañada to Antelope Valley and back again (May 1889). With this epic feat, Liz became the first woman known to have crossed the San Gabriels. Along the way, she placed a cairn on this summit and it was thus christened Lady Waterman’s Peak. However, then current attitudes toward the “weaker sex” didn’t deem this a fitting name.
A few years later, Ranger Philip Begue built the first trail to this summit from Newcomb’s Camp (1903). This area was first developed for recreational skiing by Lynn Newcomb who built the first single tow rope (1939), and the first single seat chairlift (1941). He wrote that “in those days you weren’t hamstrung by environmentalists or the Forest Service, the Rangers just asked you ‘where do you want to put it?'”
Angeles Forest Supervisor Simeri E. Jarvi died of a heart attack while climbing this peak (1964).
The peak has subsequently been called by different variants, all of which leave out the “Lady”. To his credit Robert Waterman made numerous futile efforts to have the full original name restored.
It has been incorrectly cited as Mount Watermanon numerous maps of Los Angeles County, for example: Barclay (1913), Whitcock (1916), Hicks and Borgnis (1921), Auto Club (1922), Judge’s (1923), Rand McNally (1925), American Surveys (1928), and Department of Foresters and Firewardens (1935).
From the 210 take Angeles Crest Highway (east) for 28 miles. Newcomb’s Ranch is on the left approx 2 miles before Three Points. Look for the brown sign for Sulphurr Spr with arrows to Bandido Group CG and Horse Flat CG. Turn left here and drive up the road to the parking lot on the left.
The trailhead will be about 45 minutes up from the 2 so plan accordingly. Reception is spotty so I likely won’t get any messages.
PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. Bring snacks and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while interacting with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.
The Farzan Rule: Posted hike times are the time the hike starts or we leave from a posted shuttle location. I’m aware other Meetup groups offer a grace period for late arrivals; we don’t. It’s your responsibility to know the location of the meeting spot and be there and ready to participate at the posted time. If you have any concerns about the directions feel free to contact the organizer of the event, preferably in advance of the event and not at the start time. I’m of the opinion that it’s not fair to delay an event when the majority of attendees have arrived on-time. (so named after a conversation I had with a certain un-named member)
VHC HIKE RATING SCALE
Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: un-even hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!
1 – A long walk
2 – 4 mile hike w/little elevation gain
3 – 5 mile hike w/up to 1000 ft. elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/up to 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 7+ mile hike w/over 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to perform CPR)
7 – 5+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be muttering expletives to yourself)
8 – 10+ mile hike w/over 3500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be angry with the hike leader)
9 – 10+ mile hike w/over 5000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be thinking of reporting the hike leader to the authorities)
10 – Use your imagination
Class 3 Scrambling: Scrambling or un-roped climbing. You must use your hands at times to hold the terrain or find your route. This may be caused by a combination of boulders, steepness and extreme terrain. Some Class 3 routes have ropes in place for assistance.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The VHC Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any VHC Meetup events, you are releasing the VHC Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.