Past Meetup

Aconcagua/Backpacking Training on Mt. Waterman

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Angeles Crest Hwy

Mile Marker 52.6 / 52.8 · Chilao, CA

How to find us

To find me: gray Ford Escape hybrid, red backpack, baseball cap

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Details

This hike is open - I'm adding people off the waitlist after they answer my question about pack weight.

*** Please note, we are starting at Three Points trailhead (the more westerly trailhead on Hwy 2) ***

It's time for another Aconcagua training hike - i.e., time to load up your pack with more weight than usual and do a different type of hike. This is great preparation for backpacking as well. I'll bring my scale and we can weigh our bags before we start.

See Mt Waterman/ Twin Peaks (http://tchester.org/sgm/trails/waterman.html) (<-- click on link) hike for detailed info. We'll start at Three Points trailhead, take the Mt Waterman trail to the summit of Mt Waterman, and return the way we came. Although I love hiking up to the Twin Peaks, I'm going to skip it this time around given both the heavy packs and likely snow on that north-facing route.

This is ~13 miles and ~2000' elevation gain.

Given we'll be carrying more weight, the pace will be slower, probably in the 2 to 2.5 mph range. There will not be a sweep. Note, however, that this is an out-and-back hike, so you can meet up with the group on the return if needed.

Please come prepared for a full day's hike: 3+ liters of water, food, sunscreen, hiking gear, etc. A lot of snow should melt with this week's warmer temps, but bring your microspikes just in case we encounter some on Waterman.

DIRECTIONS:
From I-210 (by La Canada Flintridge), go north on Angeles Crest Highway, Hwy 2, 29 miles. Drive time is approximately 45 minutes from La Canada.

When heading east/north on Hwy 2, Three Points is about 2 1/2 miles past Chilao. Turn left at mile marker 52.8. West from the Santa Clara Divide Road, a dirt road marked 3N17 from Mill Creek Summit. A Forest Adventure Pass is needed.