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May 19 2013
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 Joined Jan 27 2007
 Thousand Oaks, C
Mount Waterman TrailLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar May 19 2013
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,239 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,239 ft AEG
 
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My son and I hiked Mt. Waterman today. He graduates from high school next month and I know that there won’t be many more opportunities for me to do things like this with him once he heads off to college, so I cherished the opportunity to head up to the mountains with him.

It’s been 4 years since I last hiked Mt Waterman. Two months after my last hike up there, the Station Fire which burned 336,020 acres, broke out and closed access to the area for two years. We drove through much of the devastation before arriving at the trailhead. We encouraged when just 5 miles from the trailhead we started seeing mostly unburned forest. It wasn’t until we got high up on Mt. Waterman that we realized how much damage the fire had caused.

The hike itself isn’t that difficult. It’s just great for us low land Southern Californians to be able to drive just over an hour and be able to hike up to the 8,000 foot elevation.

I knew that the Station Fire had burned up to the western slopes of Mt. Waterman, based on the fire maps to I had viewed several years ago. Most of our route is on the eastern and northern slopes. However, when we reached the summit we saw many more burned tress than expected. In fact, as we headed east down the southern ridgeline of Mt Waterman we continued to see many burned trees.

All in all Mt. Waterman is in great shape considering how many of the surrounding mountains have been scorched bare of all tree cover.
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