Escape L.A. traffic and experience igneous rock formations at Waterman Mountain that even Gaudi couldn’t make up. A remote peak at the doorstep of the San Gabriel Wilderness, Waterman is also a skiing destination during Southern California’s rare snowpacks. Incense-cedars and pines cover the mountain and fill its surrounding ravines, giving hikers a memorable aromatic experience.
Waterman Mountain is not the tallest at San Gabriel—Mount Baldy towers at 10,064 feet—but what it lacks in elevation, it makes up in character and trail versatility. Multiple junctions allow for loops, extensions, and off-trail explorations. Views of Twin Peaks will knock you off your feet, figuratively that is. The mountain’s dormant ski lifts create an abandoned amusement park ambiance in certain places. Don’t be fooled by this trail’s relative proximity to the city nor by its winter role as a ski resort. Hiking to the true summit of Waterman Mountain affords a sense of solitude rarely found in Los Angeles County.
-Mapped by Casey Schreiner