Ice House Canyon Trail

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Ice House Canyon Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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river

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bugs

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Ice House Canyon is just under 8 miles long and 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.

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails in the area. Beautiful, many options when you get up to the saddle. Also, easy place to hike around in the snow. Not really for casual hikers though.

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is gorgeous, but overnight there was a heavy snow when I did it (mid-March), so be sure to be prepared for any weather conditions.

hiking
16 days ago

That was tuff but fun

20 days ago

Great hike!! Many options to do more trails once you reach the saddle

1 month ago

Good walk with a climb. Along a stream for a good part of it with some cool old structures and lots of rock.
Wear good shoes

hiking
1 month ago

my husband and I went on a spontaneous hike up the trail yesterday. Since it was spur of the moment, we weren't as prepared as we should've been with proper footwear and gear, but we stopped at the one mile marker and came back down so it wasn't bad. so beautiful and serine I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's a beginning hiker or even an experienced one. The trails can get slightly narrow at points and the rocks are tough to walk on (especially in the wrong footwear

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a really fun hike. I spent 2 nights at Kelly's Camp and an interesting snowy night the last night. This trail is really beautiful with lots of views.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was perfect for the day we went. We ended up going right after a mild snow day, still some traffic but not heavy. It was absolutely beautiful. We didn’t make it to the top, we stopped at about 3.5 miles and turned back, I didn’t wear the right shoes for how slippery the ice was. Regardless, hiking in the snow was beautiful, temperature was mid 30s, making it perfect for a cloudless day hiking in the snow.

3 months ago

excellent trail running along a creek that changes monthly. lots of fallen trees and rock. so many great stops, including old cabin foundations.

although it's rated as difficult, the first few miles are pretty easy.

hiking
3 months ago

This can be a brutal hike for newbies, or part timers. I've been wanting to make it to the saddle for a while now but should have done some training first.
It took my grandson (12 yrs) and I about 6 hrs to make it to the top because I am so out of condition.
Going to do some training for a few months and go fo Cucamonga peak.
Overall a great hike and beautiful wilderness.

hiking
3 months ago

I love this hike! On one side of the trail is a crew & the other is a fan of trees shading the path. Dress for cooler temperatures. The top of the trail gets wet. Picnic benches.

hiking
3 months ago

2.4.18

3 months ago

Great hike! We hiked it Saturday, conditions were perfect, although windy at the saddle and definitely cool. Some water on the trail in the canyon but none on the switchbacks (but of course that was before the rain). We did not do the Chapman Trail loop, choosing instead to go up and down the Icehouse Canyon Trail. Not overly difficult if you regularly hike anywhere local. Beautiful views. Will definitely be back.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, started at sunrise, great decision because it got warm coming back down. We took the trail .9 miles further to Timber Mountain which gave us a total of 3600' elevation gain and 9 miles (my Fitbit said I went 12 miles). There is no view point on this hike but the trail the entire way is beautiful with lots of trees, rocks, abandoned cabins, stone fireplaces randomly in the forest, a stream and great scenery! Bring a lunch and lots of water, so many nice places to rest and picnic. Buy your Adventure pass day before at REI if you want to start before the ranger station opens, $4.99.

hiking
4 months ago

I have done this hike probably 60-80 times over the years. It is my "go to" training hike. This hike is good because you can easily add several extensions to various peaks if you need a greater or longer workout.

4 months ago

Great hike great view

hiking
4 months ago

Took my son and his friend. So proud of them since was a hard hike. Snow on top was a plus for them. My second time doing this hike

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

What a great hike! The scenery was beautiful and it was great to see so much snow. Regarding difficulty, those switchbacks were very challenging to us but it was so much fun. It was our first family hike of 2018 and we cannot wait to go back.

hiking
4 months ago

always a beautiful trail

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous trail steeped in 1920’s outdoor recreational history. Lower trail runs parallel to a vibrant stream with lush vegetation. Cabins dot the lower portion of the trail, a mere handful of what used to fill the valley. Ruins make for wonderful photo opportunities. Fire and landslides have definitely left their mark on the area. Continue higher up to the saddle and you have many opportunities to summit various peeks or turn around for a fulfilling adventure.

5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes.

5 months ago

Amazing hike!!!! Didn't make it to the timber mtn, had my dog (she did great) we made it to the saddle! Beautiful forest setting in the beginning with a running creek (went in November). Smell of leaves and pine. It's quiet. Lots of switchbacks to the saddle. Great views! Sure to be back to go further and camp!

6 months ago

Very scenic starting off easy along a creek bed, to a river bed and then with a series of challenging switchbacks to the saddle and Timber.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous as well as a great local trail to build real hiking skills on.

6 months ago

6 months ago

beautiful but definitely come prepared. it's harder than your usual 7+ mile hike

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail! Hiked it somewhere between 25 to 50 times and have friends who have hiked it more than 100 times. If only it were less popular on the weekends.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Love this trail! Got here around 6 and the parking lot was already decently packed. Go early, once the sun crests it heats up pretty quickly. Plus the stars are gorgeous.

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