Ascent of Waterman Mountain on 2013-06-29

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
Jim Leckie
Debbie Werner
Paula Sanchez
Date:Saturday, June 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Waterman Mountain
    Elevation:8038 ft / 2449 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Waterman TrailHead is at Mile Marker 58.00 of Highway 2 which is just uphill of the Buckhorn Day Use Entrance. The trail eventually crosses the Waterman Fire Road (near the entrance) so we saw many people starting the hike there; which HPS also mentions. There was a record heat wave in the area with a forecast of low 90s at elevation. We started hiking at 7:45 and temperature of 76. This is a trail that is in great condition. In about a mile, you reach a saddle which is just above the Buckhorn Ski Club area that offers (one of many) views to the south. This is also the point on the return that we deviated to a cross-country hike over to Kratka Ridge. At the summit of Waterman, there are many neat rock formations to explore. We did not find a register. We found the "twin" benchmark at the high point. Note: There are a lot of flies at the summit so I used 34% DEET and didn't get bothered to much. During the hike, it was a treat to meet/chat with Anser Waxman who was co-leading a club hike. We returned the same ascent route down until the saddle. We took the many opportunities for picture taking of the views. The temps were in mid 90s; which melted the adventure pass hangtag holder in the closed up car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1351 ft / 411 m
    Total Elevation Loss:833 ft / 253 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1351 ft / 411 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Waterman Trail
    Start Trailhead:Waterman Trailhead  6687 ft / 2038 m
    Time:1 Hours 48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:833 ft / 253 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Waterman Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle above Buckhorn Ski Club  7205 ft / 2196 m
    Time:1 Hours 9 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Waterman - Kratka Ridge 2013

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Waterman Mountain2013-06-291351 ft / 412 m
2Kratka Ridge2013-06-291286 ft / 392 m
Total Trip Gain: 2637 ft / 804 m    Total Trip Loss: 2637 ft / 804 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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