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: 2,637 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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1 day ago

We went yesterday, seems we missed peak foliage, most of the leaves were already on the ground, but the weather was perfect. We ended up continuing on to Cucamonga peak, even if you don’t go all the way there are some nice views just pass the saddle

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bugs
8 days ago

Phone read 7.33m in 1:52:48 with 2531ft of gain. I went out and back the main trail. Always crazy busy on weekends.

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rocky
8 days ago

9 days ago

It’s a little steep than I anticipated, but definitely worth it! It’s rocky most of the time, so consider wearing hiking boots to keep your feet and ankles safe. Bring enough water & soma snacks - I had 2L and it was enough for a round trip. Also, you supposed to get a parking pass from the Visitor Center, but it was closed and we didn’t get a ticket.

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rocky
12 days ago

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23 days ago

Icehouse trail was amazing with amazing views and not that difficult, other than the elevation gain. Got to the saddle and we decided to go down using the Chapman trail. Would not recommend Chapman going down. Lots and lots of rocks, a few sketchy spots, and a couple places that are overgrown. When I do this trail again, will probably just do an out and back using Icehouse both ways. Pretty amazing views on Chapman though.

Cold, dry, and windy heading up the trail to the Saddle. Leaves are starting to change color, and are falling to ground making it a nice scenic hike.

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1 month ago

If you don’t like steep uphill, take route clockwise via the Chapman Trail route to Glen Camp to the Saddle and down via Icehouse Canyon trail. Very busy trail, especially on the weekend, parking lot packed early. Beautiful trail with awesome view all the way up. Not recommended bringing small dogs or small children unless you are ready to carry them.

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1 month ago

Great workout! Be careful with many rocks on the trail. It's an ankle hazard but doable without injuries if u pay attention to ur footing. Make sure to take bug repellent, sunblock & plenty of water. I carried about 120oz. of water and was left with 32oz. for the way down. Obviously the cooler the weather the less water that is required. Great hike, will do it again but next time will continue onto one of the other trails once u arrive at Icehouse Saddle.

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1 month ago

Half part going down

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rocky
1 month ago

Really beautiful with the streams... steep hike up to the saddle... lots of bees up there ...I’m not a very experienced hiker but I was able to hike this trail . Very rocky coming down .

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1 month ago

great trail. some annoying flies but not too bad - I had no spray but that is probably a good idea..or a net. parking is a challenge for the early starters but there was a few spots open when I got back. you can park on the road (past) Icehoubse too. do the loop only if you have good footing and don't mind steep slopes with thin trail passes at spots. I think most people go out-and-back on the main Icehouse trail but the return loop path is worth it if you want some extra credit/adventure.

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rocky
1 month ago

Pretty nice trail. Very rocky, be prepared for that. I’ll definitely be back.

I've done this hike many time but never in the late afternoon! this one never disappoints. the last time I was up here the Creek was raging and there was tons of snow!

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Lots of shade. Great loop. Amazing views.

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