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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 22, 2020

The road to the trailhead is closed. Drove all the way up to turn around. This should be noted here; the trailhead is in the burn area near Mount Wilson and cannot be accessed from Hwy 2.

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Jessie Friedman reviewed Waterman Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED]
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I hiked this with a friend and did the out and back staying to the left side of the trail marker. The trail does loop to a fire road however the beauty of the out and back is being among the amazing trees and landscape. However, when we were descending we smelled smoke and unfortunately it was the beginning of the bobcat fire which has probably ravaged this area. This hike was incredibly beautiful and I definitely recommend it if it is still standing.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 10, 2020
HikingBugsNo shade

It would have been a fine hike if we had begun earlier. There was no shade whatsoever. The first half of the hike is very easy, and features a cool tunnel through the first mountain. Walking back is entirely uphill for nearly four miles. It is also almost exactly eight miles, starting from the trailhead, to Inspiration Point, and back to the trailhead, not 6.8 miles. It only took us about 3 hours, but we didn’t spend much time at Inspiration Point. Parking was super easy, lots of spaces along the main road. We were also attacked and followed by bees that absolutely refused to leave us alone multiple times.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 19, 2020
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Douglas Olivares reviewed Three Points to Mt Waterman [CLOSED]
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
HikingGreat!

Nice hike, including Mt Lowe peak. The road is very rocky, I felt tired mostly because of stepping on rocks. Views are amazing. I did a loop, in via Mt Lowe trail and back via Mt Lowe road. I think I would not be able to do Lowe trail back from Inspiration point, too steep! Not crowded.

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CarlyWill Sloan reviewed Waterman Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingGreat!

trail is marked by a narrow brown sign. I would just do the out and back & skip the fire road —- but overall the trail was pretty shaded and provided good views!

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Jacob Reynolds reviewed Mount Lowe Road to Inspiration Point
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Amazing hike? Got to inspiration point then took the path to Echo Mt turning it into a 12 mile out and back. Beautiful views but not a lot of shade to inpiratipn point. Bring lots of water, more than you think is needed!!

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Shahnaz Tambawala reviewed Waterman Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
HikingGreat!

Wonderful trail. The entry to the trail is hidden. Its opposite the Buckhorn campground area on the side of the Angeles crest highway. After stepping on the trail there are two routes- one wide and one narrow. Better to go via the narrow route uphill. Incline is steady with shade in parts. Lots of good views along the road. After the summit there is a small pond to stop by and then downhill via the wide road. Even saw a rattle snake along the way. Overall beautiful trail would definitely do it again.

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Matthew Johnson reviewed Waterman Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

The Mt Waterman Trail is great. Going up, stay to the left and enjoy a shaded, lovely trail up to the ridge line. The hike down the loop is in full sun down a dirt road. Not very fun.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2020
HikingBugs

Great trail, and I must add the road to get to it is some of the most fun mountain driving I’ve done in LA. A decent amount of gnats (hiked mid August) but nothing unbearable. In regards to the 50/50 shaded part in the description, it’s a mix the whole time so there are no long stretches with no shade.

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Rachel Grotheer reviewed Waterman Mountain Loop Trail [CLOSED]
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It’s beautiful, but not well marked. We made it to the summit and then couldn’t find the rest of the loop. Do not head towards anything saying Twin Peaks, that is not the trail!! Decent tree coverage for the area, but don’t underestimate the altitude.

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Brian N reviewed Vetter Mountain [CLOSED]
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Sunset hike did the loop. No one else on the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

Trail was in great shape. Mostly gradual incline with some steep parts. The faint hikers trail down the western ridge wilderness boundary is a great way to return on this hike. It’s shorter and steeper than the out and back with great views. One small water source was trickling on the way up to Waterman, enough to filter and refill. Very thankful for that today! Fun Hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
HikingOff trailOver grown

Some shade early in the morning but exposed later in the day. One spot with water still slightly flowing. The ridge down has some steep sections.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
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Great

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 9, 2020
HikingGreat!Over grown

Another long trail I've completed recently. Fairly lightly trafficked and mild elevation until the serious ascent when part of the Twin Peak Trail section joined. Encountered very few people until the last elevation stretch where many more people emerged, probably people coming in from the Buckhorn area. This is not a difficult trail in terms of technicality or altitude gain, but the distance itself was unforgiving.

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Carol Martinez reviewed Mount Lowe Road to Inspiration Point
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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeRocky

8-4-20 Tuesday. Elevation 5090'ft. Recommend start early. We started from the Eaton Saddle trailhead to Inspiration Point and then too Mt Lowe peak and back. (Reminder display your parking pass.) Once you pass the white gate you will immediately see beautiful views to your left of the South Los Angeles Basin! You will hike on a wide dirt fire road that is pretty rocky most of the way, until you get to the tunnel which is pretty clear to walk through. You reach a junction of several trails with no signs. We veered to the left onto the Sam Merrill trail up to Inspiration point. (approx 4.5 miles in at this point) Took a break here before we started heading back the same way and took the West Fork trail up some narrow loose graveled switch backs. (Your hiking poles come in handy here.) We enjoyed some gorgeous views along this route up to Mt Lowe. We then came back down the East Fork trail which gave more spectacular views hiking along the single track trail connecting back to Eaton Saddle trailhead. Overall, great hike covering 7.60 miles today. Our Alltrails app acted up and didnt properly document the ending route we did. Luckily, I used a different tracking app that recorded our complete trek.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
HikingGreat!

Loved this hike. Just the right amount of shade on a hot day and beautiful views / trees / smells. Entrance is a little hard to find. If you're heading north on the main road, the entrance is on the right - I believe the alltrails map marks it on the left (could be mistaken) so we got a little turned around but once we figured it out, it was GREAT. Not too challenging but enough to get your blood flowing.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 30, 2020
HikingOff trail

It’s a decent hike. It’s 7 miles and 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Not what is listed above. Make sure you go left at the beginning and take the trail instead of the fire road. Pretty easy hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
Hiking

This is a great trail overall. The beginning isn’t well marked so that felt a bit tricky. We were going to follow the advice of folks who suggested going counter clockwise but weren’t sure if that meant taking the fire road or not so we went the way that was better marked. Beautiful. Lots of shade, beautiful vistas, places to stop and rest if needed. From the summit to the rest of the loop isn’t well-marked so that was frustrating. We just took the fire road down because we couldn’t find the actual trail. When we got to the bottom we finally saw the little sign that marked the counter clockwise trail - it was overgrown by bushes. But I would do this hike again in a heartbeat. But would probably do the side in the trees both directions. Great trail for the dog. Was not crowded - unlike the trailheads at lower elevations. And people were mostly wearing masks, at least when they passed others. This is a gem of a hike that is close to the city still.

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Steven Flammia reviewed Vetter Mountain [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
Hiking

Easy trail, great for kids or expectant mothers. Surprisingly nice views from the top. A little tricky to find the trail down, so be sure to download the map. Two or three fallen trees and a few slightly overgrown thorn bushes were the only (minor) difficulties. We did see a rattlesnake though, so take care! There is some free parking at a turn out near the trailhead if you don’t have a pass.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
HikingBugsRocky

Very fun and challenging trail. We were racing the sunset on our way back but the views were amazing. Bring plenty of water in hot days, not much shade until you get to the lower section. We ran into a snake, deer, and a bat. 5/5 we’ll come again in the winter.

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