Waterman Mountain Trail

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Angeles National Forest

Waterman Mountain Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmdale, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,328 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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51 minutes ago

The trail was amazing! I went with my boyfriend and my English bulldog. We were not fit for this hike lol. We ended up taking the trail on the right by accident. It took us 2 hours to get to the ski resort thing that we mistook as the water hole on the map, mostly because we kept taking many breaks lol. We got there at 7am and on the way up we saw one group of three and on the way down we saw one person. The trail was super clean and wide, and since we went early it was cold but on the way down, 9:40am, it began to get hot-ish. You do need an adventure pass to park and there were a lot of flies(?) they didn’t bite us just bug us lol. And since there weren’t any people around for the most part it was really nice to just enjoy it.

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13 days ago

Really fantastic hike. Might be one of my favorite hikes in the area. If you have dogs, this one is great because the path is mostly soft and dirt/sand. It’s a very gradual incline with beautiful views almost the entire way. I can’t wait to go back. Tons of people going up the mountain mid day, but was very quiet in the early morning.

Gorgeous trail. A few downed trees. Definitely turn left once hitting loop and come back down fire road. Beautiful day had by all.

Excellent loop that has some mileage so you’re in for a treat. Reached about 8200 feet so the views are gorgeous.

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20 days ago

Arrived Sat 5/9 at about 830. Day use lot was already pretty fully but was able to snag a spot .. plenty of parking along the road too. Encountered people every once in awhile on the trail but it’s easy to pull over and let people pass. A lot of dogs out too! The trail has a decent amount of shade coverage but other parts you’re completely exposed to sun. Bugs were out but it was tolerable. Steady incline most of the way up with the last section up to the peak the most steep but the views are amazing and worth it!!

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2 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Some parts are very icy. The entrance is located across the Buckhorn Day Use Area; began at the white gate. You will see a snow plow at the top and then go down the hill or to the left.

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snow
3 months ago

Wasn't expecting as much snow as there was! started from the very beginning and was consistent throughout. Made it through with waterproof boots, my friend was wearing Adidas, but I would recommend crampons (even just the tiny spiked ones) for one portion that was very icy. Not necessary but it was a little scary. Beautiful views, and getting to the top was really satisfying.

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8 months ago

Just a delight. PERFECT moderate trail.

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9 months ago

Great hike! Barely anyone there, great views of the south side of the mountains on the way up. Some views of the desert on the fire road.

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snow
Mon Jan 28 2019

We planned to do Cooper Canyon waterfall however ended up on this trail. Glad it happened. The trail is absolutely beautiful however you are walking through snow more than 3/4 of the trail. I would recommend poles and snow hiking boots, or clamp on’s. The snow is pretty slippery and slushy in some areas. We made it to the saddle area right before the summit however the snow got so thick it was over our ankles. The trail became less visible at this point and you could see foot prints scrambling in different directions. Had lunch at the saddle. Lots of rocks to sit on and enjoy your time. The trail is listed as moderate however it’s fairly comfortable. You are hiking at about 7000 feet so keep that in mind.Absolutely beautiful scenery. We’re definitely coming back to do the loop when the snow melts a little bit more. Pretty slippery going down and almost landed on my butt once. We had poles and regular hiking boots PS we found the trail head to Cooper Canyon Trail afterwards.

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Sun Jan 27 2019

Great trail! Long and showy but all worth it! Be prepared for the fresh snow!

Fri Jul 03 2009

An easy kid-friendly scenic 3 mile hike to Cooper Canyon Falls in the Angeles National Forest. (Date hiked: July 3, 2009.) Read the full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2009/07/20/family-friendly-day-hike-to-cooper-canyon-falls/

Wed Jun 27 2007

Hiked to the PCT, then turned left to the trail camp; that was our real goal. The trail camp was very nice, complete with fire ring and picnic tables. The trail was well maintained all the way. The falls were a bit hard to find. You have to go right when you hit the PCT, and then the falls show up very shortly as you go downhill.

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