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Mount Waterman is located off the Angeles Crest Highway north of La Canada. It does not open every winter as they do not always get enough snow and they don't have enough snow making equipment to fill in the gaps on dry years. The resort is a treat when it is open. It does not get as crowded as some of the other ski resorts in Southern California. The runs off of lift 1 (known to locals as the face) are very challenging, especially when large moguls form.

We have a nice book review of Trails of the Angeles which can be read by clicking on the link. The book talks about the history behind Mount Waterman in describing Hike 60 as follows: "In 1889, when the San Gabriels were almost totally wild and unexplored , and grizzly-infested, Bob Waterman, his bride Liz, and Commodore Ferry Switzer, all of famed Switzer's Camp in the Arroyo Seco, made a three-week trip across the range to the desert and back. Enroute they scrambled up the highest mountain in the vicinity to get their bearings. On the summit they built a cairin and left a register. In honor of Liz, who they believed to tbe the first white woman to cross the range, the two men christened the peak 'Lady Waterman Mountain.' Years later when the USGS mapped the mountain, they left off the 'Lady' part of the designation. Bob Waterman, who lived many years longer in Pasadena, tried several times to restore his wife's honor by putting the 'Lady' back on the peak, but to no avail. Today, it's just 'Mt. Waterman.'" [119-120]

Having gone skiing and snowboarding on Mount Waterman in the winter and hiking down the face in the summer, I know that it is an impressive site regardless of the time of year. John Robinson goes on to describe it in his book. "8308' Mt. Waterman is best known to skiers. Several ski lifts ascend the broad north slope of the mountain, making it one of the most popular winter sports areas in the range. But in the summer, when the snow is gone, Mt. Waterman becomes the sole domain of the hiker. Most climbers take this well-graded, easy-to-follow trail from Buckhorn, the shortest way up the mountain(unless you ride the ski lift).
Waterman is an elongated, broad-summited mountain, shaped like a mammoth 'U', with three high points. The highest of the high points lies near the southwestern edge of the summit plateau. From here, you are rewarded with a panoramic vista of the entire westeren San Gabriels, with particularly fine views into the depths of Devils Canyon." [120]


The fact that Robinson mentions Devils Canyon is significant. Every winter you hear stories of thrill-seekers getting too carried away on their snowboards/skis and ending up in Devils Canyon. Apparently it is easy to go the wrong way when skiing out of bounds and end up trapped in the deadly canyon. Visit our Hiking Page for details on hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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