Lower West Mt. Waterman Ridge [s]

Segment: The junction with the West Mt. Waterman Trail to the South Mt. Waterman Trail (which leads to Three Points). This segment is essentially a “hiker’s trail” that is faint in areas and requires some minor route finding skills to navigate.

Stats: From the junction with the West Mt. Waterman Trail to the South Mt. Waterman Trail: 1.5 miles, 55′ gain and 800′ loss. From the South Mt. Waterman Trail to the junction with the West Mt. Waterman Trail: 1.5 miles 800′ gain, 55′ loss. Round Trip: 3.0 miles, 855′ of gain and loss.

Last Hiked: 5-14-2017.

Hikes:

West Mt. Waterman Ridge is split into an upper and lower portion defined by a junction with a trail (the West Mt. Waterman Trail) that leads down to the parking area at Angeles Crest Highway mile marker 54.10. The upper portion of West Mt. Waterman Ridge leads up to Mt. Waterman. The trail described here leads down to the South Mt. Waterman Trail which leads down to Three Points or up to the junction leading to Twin Peaks.

View of a tree behind small rock outcrop and wilderness sign which marks the junction leading down to Angeles Crest Highway mile marker 54.10 (north) or down to Three Points via the lower portion of the ridge (west).

The ridge is fairly wide in many spots and has many interesting rock outcrops and clearings. The trail itself will sometimes disappear. For the most part, the trail follows the north side of the ridge. No rock scrambling is required to follow the ridge.

Lower West Mt. Waterman Ridge looking down from the junction with the West Mt. Waterman Trail which leads to Angeles Crest Highway mile marker 54.10.

The ridge leads down to a small saddle which connects to the South Mt. Waterman Trail. It is about 1.2 miles with 574′ of loss down the trail from this unmarked junction to the junction with the PCT before reaching Three Points.

View from the small saddle coming down the lower west ridge of Mt. Waterman and looking down on the South Mt. Waterman Trail.


It would most likely be easier to find the ridge and to follow it coming down from above the first time. Access to the ridge itself is not marked at Mt. Waterman or from the South Mt. Waterman Trail which makes a scouting hike from Angeles Crest Highway mile marker 54.10 desirable.

View looking toward the unmarked junction leading up the lower west ridge of Mt. Waterman from the South Mt. Waterman Trail.

More photos here