Advanced Day Hike: Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriels
Join us for a hike to the 8030 foot summit of Mt. Waterman, one of the most beloved peaks of the central San Gabriels. Our hike will reward us with stunning views of the other major peaks of the San Gabriel range that look down on the lives of 10 million people. Since this is one of the highest peaks in the range, many major peaks will be below us. On a clear day, we can see from the Pacific to Palm Springs; towards other major peaks; and across the high desert to the north. High within the alpine zone, we’ll be treated to forests of various pines that channel the wind with a gentle roar, and vertical tapestries of meadow as snow melt causes plants and wild flowers to sprout. We’ll enjoy a victory picnic on one of the rocky outcroppings at the summit as we take in views normally seen from an airplane.
Difficulty: High. Participants must be experienced hikers in top physical condition. Not for beginners. We will climb 1300' over a 2.75 mile course for a 5.5 mile round trip. Footing will be mostly easy, but we’ll have to keep an eye out for patches of ice at this time of year. As of April 1, there was no snow left on the mountain and the ski lifts are closed.
What to Bring: Weather forecasts can’t always be trusted for temperature swings, which can be unpredictable at this altitude. The snow has melted away, but it can still be cold in the upper elevations of the range in early spring. Dress in layers for winter, with a hat, gloves and thick coat. Wicking nylon shirts strongly recommended, as cotton shirts transmit cold when dampened by perspiration. Be able to remove layers to a shirt just in case it becomes unseasonably warm. Hat, sunscreen, sun glasses, boots, picnic lunch and two quarts of water required. Optional snack to share.
Where to meet: at the La Canada ride share point, just two blocks north of where the Angeles Crest Highway climbs from the 210 towards the mountains. From the 210 freeway, exit at Highway 2, the Angeles Crest or “Highway to the Stars” and drive uphill towards the mountains. There is an island on the east side of the road where we can park. For navigation, use “Milmada Dr. and Flanders Rd., La Canada Flintridge.” We will then carpool up to the trailhead near Buckhorn Saddle, approximately one hour up the highway, 30 miles north of La Canada, just past the ski lifts.
Special Note: $5 Adventure passes required for all drivers. We can stop at the Clear Creek Ranger Station near that trail head to obtain them, or you may obtain one in advance at your local sporting goods store, or at the Union 76 gas station just below the 210 exit on to the 2 in La Canada.
Leaders: Shao-Yi Qian, AB’15; Bill Sullivan, AB’90
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Cost: Free; picnic lunch self-host; $5 Adventure Pass for drivers
Sunday, 04/8/18 at 10:00am - 1:00pm | iCal
La Canada Rideshare Point
Milmada Dr Flanders Rd
La Canada, CA 91501 United States
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Bill Sullivan, AB'90
818.209.9439 (only use day of hike)