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Mt. Waterman via Upper West Ridge is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pearblossom, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 2,398 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Running

Forest

Wildlife

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Waypoints (5)

Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that there may be poor cell reception in this area.

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Reviews (54)
Photos (217)
Recordings (46)
Completed (66)
Bud G.
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A good hike with some nice views. Would rate it on the slightly intenser side of moderate. There is not an obvious trail at all times, but nothing you can't very easily figure out, especially these days with tools like GPS and alltrails maps. Also, not a single person to be seen, which was great.

Forest Lurz
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HikingRocky

This hike is no joke, it's very steep (gaining over 700ft of elevation per mile) and pretty rocky in places. I consider myself to be an intermediate hiker and I had to take regular breaks at a pace of about 30 minutes per mile. The trail is hard to find and follow in many places, so make sure you download the map! The cairns are helpful but I wouldn't rely on them. There are lots of boulders along this trail if you like climbing or scrambling, and gorgeous views of the LA basin throughout the hike. Mt Waterman itself is awesome, one of my favorite peaks in the ANF, but there are much easier and more enjoyable ways to get there.

Gadi Giladi
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Waterman mountain is fantastic with a fantastic view , I was up there 3 times . I will recommend you to go up in Waterman loop trail , it’s safer and easy to follow. The trail I took today was hard , very steep and not easy to follow, I got lost many times , lucky me I could find the trail on the map

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Charles Sommer
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Thank you everyone for all the kairns on the ridge, I forgot to download the map and would have lost the trail without them. Great hike :)

AllTrails User
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HikingOff trail

Nice hike, decent workout. Summit is anti-climactic and the marker is difficult to find (it’s placed on the top of a random pile of boulders). Trail finding is very challenging the higher you get. Makes for a better adventure! :)

Alana G
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Hiking

Definitely echoing others’ comments about this trail being for experienced hikers with sturdy boots, trekking poles, and a GPS map! Beautiful hike and we only saw a few other groups on a Saturday late morning/early afternoon. Loved that there were amazing views the entire trek along the ridge and plenty of little side peaks/meadows to explore.

Matt McDonald
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RunningOff trail
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Brian Johnson
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HikingBugs

An ideal day hike. Finished in about 2.5-3 hours. Good workout. Only saw one other couple. The pooch had a great time as well. Thought I’d see a bunch of the chairlifts ski area, but actually never saw them at all. Bring some bug spray, you’ll enjoy yourself much more. I agree with the previous review that the trail is not the easiest to find at times. Just know that once you make a right turn and climb the steep and loose section (poles recommended) about a mile in to the hike, you’ve reached the ridge. Turn right and follow the ridge. Wherever it turns and heads higher follow it. There are cairns and trail segments for most up it, but if you get lost just keep heading up and stay on top of the ridge!

Juliana Halpert
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HikingBugsScramble

I would highly discourage anyone from doing this trail without an offline map. Hard to find trail and easy to meander in any direction. Nice views at the top though. Barely anyone there today despite how busy the more popular trails off the Crest Hwy were.

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Brian N
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Hiking

Always a great hike along the West Ridge. Also bagged Double Delight Peak.

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Jed Butler
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Hiking

Beautiful and challenging hike with sweeping vistas and cool mountain air. As other reviewers mentioned, do bring GPS as the trail is very quick to disappear. Encountered not a soul on a Tuesday at midday during quarantine.

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Alex Diaz
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Hiking

After hittin this trail about a week ago the there is significantly less snow, with that said trial is pretty much perfect and offers some pretty challenging uphill. Amazing views and decent amounts of shade. Loved it.

Marlena S.
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Hiking

Great hike, barely any snow. Doable in trail runners the entire way to the top of Mt Waterman. The trail gets very tricky to navigate about 2.5mi in, so I highly recommend using a gps map. Don’t think the trail would have been doable without a gps after the 2.5mi mark. If you prefer to hike on a well maintained trail, I’d recommend doing the loop around Mt Waterman rather than this.

Adela Armstrong-Spielberg
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Hiking

Really nice view at the top! There’s still a small amount of snow at the top, but not unmanageable. There a several very steep sections and the trail is hard to find in some places due to fallen trees, but not too difficult! (Sorry about the recording, forgot to stop it before I got back in the car hahah)

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Michael GoFast
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HikingSnowWashed out

Great trail. The snow began about 2-2.5 miles up. Not too bad until a bit further up. I was glad I had my spikes and poles. It was pretty hard finding the trail at times -esp on top. It was all snow up there and some places knee deep+. The views are great and Baldy looked like the Matterhorn!!!

Marco C.
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Alex Diaz
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HikingSnow

Super nice trail but snow still too deep about 2 miles in... give it a week or two and it’s perfect. Turned back after the 2ish mile mark

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Sara St. Hilaire
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Knee deep snow in some places. Bring snowshoes. Lost the trail at 2 miles in. Spacious trail.

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Hiking Leigh
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Nancy Tapia
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