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

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
4 days 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.

Great hike great view

hiking
7 days 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
7 days ago

hiking
8 days 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
28 days ago

always a beautiful trail

hiking
29 days 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.

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes.

1 month 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!

2 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool trail.

4 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
4 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.

4 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.

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