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Ice House Canyon Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 2,637 ft Route type Loop
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Ice House Canyon is located near Mt Baldy. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. The Ice House Canyon is a popular day hike with a trail head just north of Mount Baldy Village. The trail is not to strenuous, but if you are hiking in the winter, snow and Ice is a factor. The saddle is the destination for most hikers and views of Mount Baldy and Ontario Peak can be seen. You will follow a stream for almost the first two miles of the hike. There are great little cabins along the way as well. The trail also leads to several other trail, good backpacking and even to Mount Baldy. 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.

Angeles National Forest (909) 982-2829

During the winter, the trail can be covered with ice and snow. Crampons should be used to avoid slipping on steep sections. There are some great snow play areas when the snow is plentiful. Cold or hot, bring plenty of water.

From the 210 driving east: Exit Baseline Road in Claremont. Turn left on Baseline. In one block turn right unto Padua Avenue. In 1.7 miles turn right onto Mt. Baldy Road (stop sign). After 7.2 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. You can get a Forest Adventure Pass and wilderness permit here. Continue 1.5 miles to the Icehouse Canyon entrance. Turn right and park in the large parking area. From the 210 driving west: In Upland, exit Mountain Ave./Mt. Baldy Exit, Exit 54. Turn right and proceed north on Mountain Ave. Drive 5 miles to Mt. Baldy Road. Turn right (north) and after 5 miles you pass the Angles National Forest Mt. Baldy Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village. You can get a Forest Adventure Pass and wilderness permit here. Continue 1.5 miles to the Icehouse Canyon entrance. Turn right and park in the large parking area. The trail starts at the east end.

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Craig Marinca
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HikingBugsGreat!

Fairly enjoyable and had some water on the trail which was nice. A lot of great views. Can be difficult at times especially if you’re going all the way to the peak in a day.

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Edwin Henriquez
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Tough in the heat.

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Dewie Hernandez
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HikingGreat!
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l deguzman
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Jp Guz
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Jelena Gruica
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Jessica Rushing
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Matt Alexander
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Hiking

Great trail, challenging hike, hiker’s trail etiquette was awful except for a select few

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Jane Okwor
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Beautiful wilderness hike. This trail is not busy at all. The trail path is mostly at the edge of the mountain.

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Anand J
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Helmut Bevensee
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Great trail. Wear a mask! The trail is narrow and fairly crowded. Bring plenty of water, I brought and drank 3L and could have used more.

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Mateo Williams
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Douglas Olivares
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Erica Mills
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I didn’t really care for the Chapman trail portion of this hike. It was very exposed and dry, and I got kind of bored. I did see a deer which was cool. Next time I would just do an out and back so I could get more time in the forested portion by the river :) the climb up to the peak was strenuous for sure, but worth it for those amazing views

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Allen stell
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pretty busy trail, but fun. we went in January and it was pretty icy on some of the steeper spots.

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Alfred Logan
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Great trail, was not easy, but loved it.

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Camilo Appstol
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Tried to beat the heat, was on trail by 0730. I decided to only go up 2.5 miles then turn around, quick 5 miler for the day. I enjoyed how for the majority of that 2.5 miles, you are right next to the stream. There is a small pool and waterfool. As the path progresses, it turns into a nice dense forest of shade at points. Rock/boulders increase but nothing too extreme meaning my 11 year old could easily hike it. Then, elevation starts to increase, with a few switch backs, no big deal. At that approximate 2.5 mark is where its apparent the elevation increases and the switchbacks begin. I clocked just over 5 miles, Short and sweet and good my exercise in for the day.

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Jun Lee
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Perfect challengeable hiking trail. Took 4hours in&out for 10.5miles. Bring enough water and try to your backpack light as much as you can. The first 2miles were okay, then heavy elevation will be until the top of the mountain.

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Carol Turner
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Lots of shade! Really steep and rocky. Cute cabins right off the path. Also along the water. Gorgeous trees and scenery!

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Diane Luna
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Alfonso Espin
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HikingBugsRocky

This trail was just a bit crowded, so come early. Avoid the heat that way too.

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amy lajoie
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So pretty! Beautiful stream and wildflowers. VERY ROCKY--I took off a star for that and because Chapman Trail seemed too dangerous in my opinion. I have great hiking shoes but was wishing I had worn my thicker socks and also wishing I had changed my insoles to the softer ones. I had to stop to use moleskin on my aching feet only 2.5 miles in because it was so, so, rocky. :( We didn't go all the way to the saddle (stopped .6 miles short) at the turn off for Chapman Trail and started our descent. Chapman trail was WAY TOO NARROW with a cliff on the side so we only went about 1/8 of a mile and decided to take the Ice House Trail back down instead. I consider myself a somewhat experienced hiker but I am clumsy also and there was no way in hell I was going to do the narrow, rocky, slippery Chapman trail with a cliff because that would just be stupid of me.

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Jackie Sasha
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Fun trail—definitely rocky, make sure you’re wearing good shoes and have plenty of water (hiked in July).

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Mitchell Edwards
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Great Trail, has changed, since our last hike , beautiful, definitely a lot of water some creek crossings.

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