Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mt Baldy, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Wonderful creek trail ascending to great canyon views and pristine high country. This is one of the finest hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. You climb the heart of scenic Icehouse Canyon into the Cucamonga Wilderness to Icehouse Saddle, then to the top of the 8303-foot Timber Mountain. From the trailhead follow the path east, under a canopy of oak, alder, spruce, cedar, fir, and pine. After 1.8 miles you reach the entrance to the Cucamonga Wilderness. The trail gets steeper as you travel up the canyon. In 3.5 miles from the start, you reach Icehouse Saddle, a nice destination if you'd like to turn back at this point. If you're heading on to Timber Mountain, take the trail to the left (north). Follow the trail as it switchbacks up the southwest-facing slope of Timber. At the west ridge before the trail heads down to the saddle between Timber Mountain and Telegraph Peak, turn right (east) on the marked spur trail, following it .25 mile to the summit. After soaking in the beauty of this splendid high country, return the way you came.
I recommend trekking poles for this hike because there are portions where it is wet year round because of small feeder creeks crossing the trail. There are also some quite tall steps up and down where the poles help a lot. The elevation gain is constant but really picks up in the last half mile. It is also quite cold in November because most of the trail doesn't get any sun. A few places exist where the trail isn't really clear so be careful not to end up off trail by accident.
Hiked Thanksgiving day 2016. The hike was beautiful the entire way, the stream played the soundtrack nicely for the first leg of the hike and when you start going up the switchbacks turn and look back down the canyon or up to the peaks to get some good pictures. Just be careful as the trail gets narrow and there aren't any railings for protection. I get a little nervous when I see kids on this section or when meeting other hikers as many people don't follow proper trail etiquette. Had a little ice on the trail close to the saddle but a few moments of being cautious and I didn't slip. This was different from a spring hike where there was ice and snow early on and I didn't make it to the saddle due to bad trail conditions. Turned up to Timber Peak where there are some fantastic views. This is a great trail, those who do the upkeep in the trail have done a fantastic job. I'm sure the weather doesn't make it easy.
the same trail can get pretty crowded. Go the full canyon trail of you want some piece and quiet :)
Great hike beautiful views. Hard but well worth it. Leave early morning and take your time. Winter time it's even better. Be aware and Hike safely as it could get very Slippery.
Beautiful trail, it's not a walk in the park but the scenery is top notch. Started at 8:30 and got back around 1:35. That was moving somewhat casually. Overall it's worth doing it at least once if not more. I didn't give 5 star because it is not "as good as it gets" but it is "great" and I would like to do it again sometime.
Beautiful hike in October. Great cardio workout. It was an overcast day so temp cool, but not too cold until we got higher where the wind picked up. Then I was grateful I brought my fleece. We arrived around 7 and parking wasn't bad. Guess it depends on the day? Leaves were turning yellow and orange and lots of ladybugs were crowded onto fallen trees and branches.
Beautiful hike! Excellent cardio! Went during a weekday and it was really lonely which was quiet nice. Going up took about 2.5 hours and down 1.5 hours.
Nice view and great fun with friends!
Amazing Hike next is Cucamonga peak !
I love this trail!! It just gets so crowded on weekends it's ridiculous. Slow hikers, I love you, but please just step aside if someone needs to pass. It's not a big deal. Just one little step. Much appreciated!
Great Hike. Get there early otherwise there is no parking. Take plenty of water, numerous people were turning around because they ran out.
I continued past the saddle to TimberMt. Excellent scenery at the sign for the last 1/4 mile to Timber not so much at the top. Overall a very enjoyable hike.
It's a really beautiful trail. With the drought, the river hasn't been as full. During the winter this trail is difficult due to ice and snow.
Great morning hike!
We started the hike at 6:45am on a Saturday and finished at 10. We probably should have started earlier only because the parking lot was already full and by the time we started descending, there were way too many people going up the trail, which was sort of annoying. It was a fun hike though! Pretty difficult as it was very rocky and the incline was unrelenting. But it was doable and we enjoyed it.
Went in a group of 7 women and completed the trail. Myself and another went onto timber mountain from saddle (another .9 miles). Bring lots of water and bug spray. Hiking poles are optional but are always helpful. I brought hiking poles but didn't really use them. I only used them when we went onto timber mountain due to steep inclines. The trail can also be completed alone if you're a moderate to avid hiker. I will definitely be going back and head to the other peaks. FYI: we hiked on a week day so parking was available. However the spacing is limited so if you're coming on a weekend come very early. Adventure pass is required.
This trail will kick your butt! Be careful on the ridges as they can get very narrow slippery. Bring LOTS of water.
Great trail for any season!!!