Ice House Canyon Trail

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Ice House Canyon Trail is a 7.9 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
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2555 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

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.

18 days ago

One of my favorite hikes.

22 days 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!

27 days 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.

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29 days ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Cool trail.

3 months ago

What a great trail. We made it as far as the icehouse saddle. Incredible scenery the whole way. Would love to come back and try to make it up the timber mountain extension. We did not take the Chapman Trail back because we figured we needed a bit more practice first.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike!! So beautiful, and I loved the historic old buildings along the path. Most are in ruins but still very beautiful to see.
The river was beautiful, and there were mini waterfalls everywhere.
A must go if you love the outdoors. Only 1hr away from Los Angeles.

3 months ago

I love this trail. I get great practice hiking rocky terrain, narrow trails that are wet at times, a steady steep climb...another words, it's a real hike! It was a nice workout...and I can't wait to go back. There are a lot of people on the trail, it's really popular, enough so that it can be a bit of a challenge to find parking. I've gone in the winter as well as summer...we definitely needed our YakTraks to get through the icy, rocky sections. It's fun...but one to take seriously.

3 months ago

It has a beautiful creek when you barely begin that just gets better as you keep going, eventually it gets tough going up the mountain to the saddle, not too bad just an uphill battle, at the top it's windy and chilly, but has a great view! From there you can go back to the starting point via the loop or continue on to Mt. Baldy and another trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Started on a Saturday morning and got there around 7:15 am. All parking spots were taken but plenty of street parking if you don't mind an extra 3-5 min walk.

My gf and I hiked to the Saddle and then all the way up to Timber Mountain. It stayed pretty cool (August 19th) throughout morning and we made it up to the saddle in about 2-2.5 hours at around 9:45 and overall saw maybe 30 - 40 people total to the saddle. We ate some snack and went to Timber and ran into maybe 10 people and it took another 45 minutes. We're both in descent shape so this was not that difficult if you take the valley trail vs the Chapman trail. Overall great hike, bring a sandwich and some snacks because you'll get hungry. I had 2 liters of water and am 5'8 158 lbs. with about 1/2 liter+ left.

3 months ago

beautiful and tough

hiking
3 months ago

I love this trail! I feel like I've been on a REAL hike after doing this one. I know it's rated hard, and people need to to take it seriously, but it is also very doable. I believe the "hard" ranking is given due to the steep climbing (at times on muddy or sandy ground), the enormous amount of rocks you will walk over or around, and the narrow pathway that is at times near an edge you really don't want to fall over. So take this hike, be mindful of the path, pack a lunch for brief rests if needed, enjoy some gorgeous vistas...and have pizza and beer waiting for you at home. You will have earned it!

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed this hike for at least the 30th trip, but never reviewed before this time. A wonderful training hike. On Saturday I brought a novice hiker here. Did the saddle this time and took the Chapman option this time. One 4 foot rattler along the trail. Kudos to the US Forest Service for the work they recently completed at Cedar Glen and the springs.

hiking
4 months ago

We took Bill Edkins advice and went up and back on the Ice House Canyon Trail. Great trail, super well maintained, shaded and cool most of the way. On a Sunday morning it was heavily trafficked, including folks playing music and getting a little rowdy. Not a big deal, but if you're in the wilderness for peace and quiet, don't expect that all the way for this trail. I support folks of all ages having fun and getting outdoors. Parking lot was full by 7:45 am too.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike during summer as there is ample shade. after ~1 mile in, you have the option to access the saddle via the icehouse canyon trail (continue straight, 2.6 miles) or chapman trail (to the left/to the left ~thank you beyonce, haha~, 4.7 miles). this trail is legit, kicks my ass each time, lol. i found 2L of water to be sufficient.

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