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
2759 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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river

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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.

22 hours ago

Great hike the saddle near cucamonga peak is beautiful. It's a great place to have your lunch!

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7 days ago

We are a family of 6 (4 kids aged 6-12). We did this hike today. We went up the Chapman side and down icehouse. It was HOT on Chapman trail. We left at 12:00 and finished around 4:30. Bring plenty of water. The Icehouse trail follows a creek and is really pretty. The Chapman trail is precarious in some parts with pretty sheer drop offs. Go slow and hug the side. But we made it and had a nice day.

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8 days ago

14 days ago

Hiked to the saddle this morning. Was cool and calm at 6:40 AM when we started. took just under 3 hours with 2 stops for food and water. Climbed the switchbacks with about 6 Vietnamese hikers that kept us focused on the prize. Coming down we were asked for our permit by a US Forest Service Ranger. He signed it and gave it back and asked us to take it slow. Fantastic time. About 5 hours. Did Ice House Canyon trail up and back. Was freakin' hot on the way down. Insanely hot.

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15 days ago

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19 days ago

Loved this trail but we recommend NOT doing the loop. We hiked up to the saddle along the Icehouse Canyon Trail. Beautiful, largely shaded trail. On the way down we took the other trail, the Chapman trail, and found that it was poorly maintained for about the first 3 miles. There were a number of places where the trail narrowed to less than a foot on loose shale rock over steep drop offs. Also, the Chapman trail was almost completely exposed to the very hot afternoon sun.
So, just go up to the saddle on the Icehouse Canyon Trail and return on the SAME trail. Doing it this way will also save you over a mile and a half on your way down.

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21 days ago

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22 days ago

My friend and I went all the way up to Icehouse Saddle. It took us 4 hours to go up and 2 hours to come down. It was a long hike but we got a great work out. Once you lose site of the river the incline increases steadily. Your legs will burn baby burn.

28 days ago

nice hike

29 days ago

1 month ago

Great views

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

2nd hike recorded. Awesome views. Took my kids to spend some time with them. Made it all the way to icehouse saddle in about 2.5hrs. Definitely want to go higher next time. For now I will conquer some others. Definitely recommend

1 month ago

Great view, easy path to follow. Lots of shade.

1 month ago