A winding trail that leads up to a ski resort that's been around since 1939 and offers incredible vistas overlooking the Angeles National Forest.
- There is a large selection of coffee shops in La Cañada Flintridge (the city before entering the Angeles Forest via Angeles Crest Highway) off Foothill Boulevard. While taking the off ramp to the Angeles Crest Highway, instead of taking the left to the mountains you can go right and Foothill Boulevard is the next light down. Depending on what you're looking for, here are a few I enjoy before my adventures:
- Consider taking the 134 East to the CA 2 North in order to avoid any and all congestion that occurs downtown. Once you're on the CA 2 North, you'll merge onto 210 East / CA 2 and take the first exit directing towards the Angeles Crest Highway. After passing the Angeles Forest entrance, you'll pass the Mount Wilson Red Box Road and continue driving along CA 2 and you'll be passing Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar (feel free to stop for a meal before or after your hike). After passing Newcombs Ranch, the parking lot and trailhead will be around 7 miles up the road. The parking lot for the hike will appear in a turnoff before the trailhead and if you see the Angeles National Forest sign for Buckhorn on the north side of the road then you've gone too far.
- NOTE: You need a Southern California "Adventure Pass" to park. If you do not have one, you can purchase a pass for $5 at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar. If you're planning to hike in the Angeles Forest quite a bit, consider purchasing the annual pass for $30. Either works depending on the amount of activity you plan to do within the year. However, be sure to check the Angeles Designated Recreation Sites list in case the parking requirements change at a later date.
- The trailhead starts southwest of the parking lot and it will be the driveway on the west side of the street just after passing the service road entrance on the east side.
- Once you pass the road gate, you'll continue on this path winding from southwest, to northwest and back again until you hit a fork in the path around 2 miles up.
- Here, you'll want to take the trail leading to the right, which will have you end at the top of Mount Waterman and directly in the middle of the ski resort.
- Elevation at the summit: 8,038 feet