Hiked this one before work early on a monday morning. There were other cars parked at Luther Pass, but I saw no one during the hike. Straightforward off-trail climb, it's steep but it is short. Great views into Hope Valley from the top.
The views were great from the top, but getting up and down the mountain was kind of a nasty endeavor. There really was no trail to speak of. Basically the only strategy to climbing it is to just keep going up.
Nice views to the south from The Summit. Summit register dates back to 1985, back when people had good handwriting, LOL. You might be wondering why it took the SE Ridge... that wasn't my plan; I was expecting to stumble on a use trail, described as class 1 terrain on the mountain page, but could only find the undocumented but marked trail that brought me to the south side. If you want to climb Waterhouse from Luther Pass leave the trail after the meadow and hike straight towards the summit through any overbrush; the route will eventually open up and give you whatever class 2 line you want.
Parked on Hwy 89 and started hiking up the trail around 10. Quickly got into patches of snow and just aimed for the path of least resistance. Steep slopes and elevation had us sucking air. Got up to the snow-free summit area a bit after 12. Took pictures and ate lunch a little below the summit out of the wind. Gorgeous sunshine and warm temps the whole day. Snow was just melted enough to make it easy going on the way down, not so soft that we were postholing thankfully. Didn't need snowshoes. I used micro spikes and poles with snow baskets. Helped a lot with my speed up the mountain. Got a little off our path when we hit a clear road and took it the wrong way. We were able to hit 89 and walk parallel back to our parking spot. Just under 4 miles. Didn't see any other hikers or cars in the area. Nice and short day hike!
It had just snowed so there was tons of powder. Fun snowshoe straight up. Great views of Freel, Desolation, and Tahoe.
With Mike Y
My wife and I snowshoed to the top. Windy day.
Could not access Tallac, so went to Phipps. Got mixed up on the cross country vs trail route and realized didn't have enough time, so went to Rubicon. Streets at top of Rubicon subdivision were iced over and my car started skidding so gave up on that and went to Waterhouse. Waterhouse saved the day - got an OGUL summit, went up from Luther Pass, well marked trail up to the top, nice views. Trip report is HERE.
A quick hike up through the trees.
Climbed this peak as part of a traverse from Carson Pass to Luther pass. Took about 8.5 hours.
A great day of skiing with Paul and Dan.
Great place to ski.
snowshoed up deep powder from Luther Pass after breaking trail partway 2 days earlier with Pat
Lots of fun turns from both Waterhouse and Powderhouse over the past few years. Great tree skiing when avy risks are elevated!
Dayhiked on snowshoes from Luther pass, ran into a few skiiers and splitboarders on the way up. The area seems to receive a lot of ski traffic.
Quick evening summit to catch the sunset.
Pics are here.
Climbed the steep and brushy southeast slopes above Scotts Lake
fun steep tree skiing! felt comfy enough to go solo with helmet.
Left from the trail to Big Meadow along Highway 89. The weather was sunny and clear with nice views from the top.
Great little winter outing in the Tahoe area.