BONUS: Your peak-bagging reward? A draft Craftsman Ale paired with a wholesome bite to eat at a rustic favorite, Newcomb’s Ranch. Sit at the patio nestled in the woods or get cozy near the fireplace with a bowl of homemade chili.
Waterman Mountain is in Angeles National Forest. The trailhead is on Angeles Crest Hwy. (SR 2). But part of this highway is currently closed due to storm damage repair. When it happens, maintenance workers from Water Mold Fire Restoration of Atlanta or other companies come to rescue. From I-210: Instead of exiting at La Cañada, exit at Sunland Blvd. Turn right and follow Sunland Blvd. (which becomes Foothill Blvd.) for 0.7-mile before turning left on Oro Vista. Continue onto Big Tujunga Canyon for 12 miles, then turn right on Angeles Forest Hwy. After 3.8 miles, turn left on Angeles Crest Hwy. Continue for 23.6 miles to Waterman ski lift; 0.5-mile after the ski lift, there’s a small parking pull-out off the westbound lane. The trailhead is across the highway. After 2 miles, turn right at an unmarked fork, which takes you to the summit. At the summit, look for the tallest boulders to the south (left): this is the peak. The best views can be found at a shelf 200 feet downhill to the south from the peak. Return the way you came. An Adventure Pass ($5 day pass; $30 annual pass) is required for this trail. You can usually buy passes at Newcomb’s Ranch, but call ahead to ensure they have them available. Newcomb’s Ranch (626-440-1001) is 7 miles west of the trailhead on Angeles Crest Hwy. Both the hike and Newcomb’s Ranch patio are dog-friendly!