Just great. Second time up. Next time would like to do some harder variation starting from somewhere else than Buckhorn
Climbed Twin Peaks from 3 Points via the Waterman Trailand then ascended Waterman. Returned to 3 Points using the Waterman's West Ridge via a nice use trail. With Coco the dog.
Hiked from Buckhorn first to Waterman and then to the East Twin. Great views all around. Ran into deers, rattlers, and a bear (between Twin Peak saddle and junction to Waterman).
I didn't bring enough water, especially given the heat, to make it all the way out. Maybe another quarter mile to the rocks. Don't think I'll try it again, though - that ridge was really brutal!
Shredded my gaiters and a pair of work gloves, got covered in sap, chased by wolverines. OK, well maybe not that last one...
Best done on a cool day as most of the trail faces south
Quick out and back on a nice, breezy day. Man, that ridge to the Triplets looks difficult/fun.
Climbed Twin Peaks from Three Points years ago late in the summer. Amazing views from the summit, long and hot hike in and out having my camelback puncture halfway out, then coming inches from stepping on a rattlesnake.
Finally made it over there. Kept thinking that I was dark over toward Baldy. After eating lunch I heard the first clap of thunder. Hurried back up Waterman and made it just over the ridge when it came over me. Ran down a gully and spent 15 ugly minutes in a hailstorm with CLOSE lightning strikes. Taught me a lesson!
Climbed both Waterman and Twin Peak with ODC. Then we explored the east ridge about 3/4 of the way to Triplet Rocks. Great hike. Here is the Google Earth kmz file showing the route with photo placemarks.
Climbed twice from Buckhorn. Second time dropped down the second gully after splitting off from the Waterman Trail. Climbed West Peak twice as well(has a register can).Triplet Rocks is also on my list. I want a partner for that one.
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Very nice hike. This was the first time I'd taken the Twin Peaks trail and only my second time on this mountain. The south side of Waterman was almost devoid of snow. It was fast moving to the Twin Peaks Saddle. From there the snow was thin but firm. The weird thing I noticed was that there are carins everywehre. There are a few less now. The weather was very nice. Temps in the 40's. It was breezy on the summit. Haze did limit the spectacular southern view. I revisited the ledge campsite after the summit and then headed home. As I returned, high clouds began to form making for a beautiful sunset.
Only saw two people on my way to the sign for Mt. Waterman. Then I caught up with Mike and Phil; two guys from the San Gabriel trail builders. Had a chat with them at the saddle and continued up to the East Twin. I came a across the same group cbuelow mentioned below (I think I ran into him too). As nobody else was heading up, I had the summit to myself and spent almost an hour on top relaxing in the warm late October sun. Expected to see more smoke from the esperanza fire; San Jacinto was till faintly visible.
Great day, good hike!
Headed back to Twin Peaks after tagging Waterman. It was the weirdest thing - I was alone the entire way up to Waterman, down to Twin Peaks Saddle and up to the top. Then, as I top out on the west summit of Twin Peaks, there was a group of 15 up there packing up to leave. They left within 2 minutes and I lingered for another 30 minutes. Never saw them again. All in all, a gorgeous day and a nice hike.
A beautiful day for a hike. My first time up this trail. When the twin peaks came into view, I was immediately fascinated by the sight of the east ridge and Triplet Rocks. I put it on my must-do list. The trail from Twin Peaks Trail up the north slope to the summit of East Twin was heavily cairned, but really didn't need it. On the return, we hiked to Mt. Waterman.
Great day for hiking. Views not the best, inversion layer hung around all day and early afternoon high cloud cover developed. Briefly saw a young male Nelson Big Horn Sheep at the summit. He came around a boulder about 30 yards away and quickly reversed and took off.
This is a great hike. Big trees few people. Very steep trail from
saddle up to the east twin. Lots of fun boulders on summit.
Been up there several times.
Climbed East and West Twin from Buckhorn with my Golden Retriever Nibble. Very warm with huge water consumption. Snow is long gone and water won't be far behind. Climbed up use trail to East Twin and found a register but no benchmark. Then climbed over to West Twin, headed back down the north face towards the bottom of the use trail, then back up and down Waterman to the truck. Didn't see another soul all day. Anybody have any idea why the benchmark on Waterman is stamped "TWIN"?
Cold and windy all the way until the summit, which was miraculously calm. Crampons were needed from the saddle. The snow was thin, but hard.
This was my first time up the Twins. I now have a new favorite place to go to get away from people. Did the entire trip without seeing another human-- we're talking about the San Gabriels on a Saturday. That should tell you this isn't the most popular hike in the range. Weather was perfect, mostly in the 60s. No significant wildlife sightings, unfortunately.