Waterman Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews
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Waterman Mountain Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Wilson, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Use Buckhorn campground as a starting point. Cross the road, and pass the white gate. After a few feet you will have three options - continue on the dirt road, take a left on a trail or right on a different trail.

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This hike was a great workout, had beautiful vistas and the trail wasn’t too crowded. We walked past the white gate but missed the trail off to the left, so we ended up doing this trail counter-clockwise. If you do it this way you walk up fire roads to the top of Mt. Waterman to the ski resort. The road is steep at times but not strenuous. There are beautiful clearings along the way where you can see all the way to the desert floor of Antelope Valley.
At the top of Mt. Waterman there are lots of roads. If I didn’t have the map on my phone I would have gotten lost multiple times. However, as long as you know the general directions you’ll be fine. The road soon turns into a trail and it’s all downhill along beautiful paths to the bottom of the mountain. This way down (the way up for most hikers) is heavily forested and you cross dry streambeds and lots of shaded hillsides. There are beautiful views of Mt. Baldy and the San Gabriel mountains.
I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Unlike Cooper Canyon trail or Horse Trail nearby this hike is on top of a mountain so you can see forever. My friends and I can’t wait to go back for another hike up here. It was cooler than the previous hikes we’ve done this summer. It was in the 70s and there was a cool breeze most of the hike. You do gain 1200’ elevation on the way up but it’s worth the view.

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16 days ago

Loved this trail in the midst of summer (early July). While everywhere was 90+ degrees, it was 60s up here. Beautiful pines landscape and view. Breezes were amazingly cool; I was almost cold at 70% of the hike. Wonderful wildlife. Disc golf course in the middle of the hike near the beautiful lake surrounded by trees!!! We did clockwise following the advice of an earlier reviewer. You get to the disc golf course in the second half - the half near the ski lifts. The landscape is green and grand, you'd forget it's summer. I can almost remember it with snow with all the pines and ski lift. Definitely recommend. Long drive up to the trail head though - takes about an hour.

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3 months ago

Nice and beautiful trail really hard in the beginning,going down to fire road, Was really hot. Ending 7 mile.

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3 months ago

Great views off the back of the mountain. Definitely go clockwise - doing to fire road up is steep with no shade. Big open meadow area at the summit with plenty of space for a picnic. There's even a frisbee golf course up there.

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