Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle

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Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,759 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
rocky
17 hours ago

Not too bad! Tough for dogs but manageable

Best sunrise view

This was a hike to Ontario Peak.

Bugs the first (and last) mile or so, we sprayed down twice. Parking lot was overflowing, but there weren’t soooo many people on the trail that it felt crowded. Did run into a couple people blasting their music...in Wilderness! People....no...no one wants to hear your workout mix. Was a butt kicker, but the view at the Saddle was worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Very cold ay the saddle today. Wind chill ar po under 45F

Thursday 6/20/2019 Arrived at the parking lot around 7:00 am and there were very few cars in the lot, plenty of parking, you do need an Adventure Pass. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but require a leash. The creek is still running very strong, but there are no crossings where you really get your boots wet. Absolutely no snow left. Wind was much stronger than normal from the minor saddle to the peak Views from the peak were amazing as always. We were able to see a bit of the valley below, but cloud cover was on its way. Bugs were not an issue this day. Saw one large group of hikers, a few couples and had the peak to ourselves and a new hiking friend from Washington DC, James. ***** Trail Rating ***** I’d do it again tomorrow **** I’ll do it again, after I hike new trails ***I’ll do it again if someone asks **I’ll begrudgingly do it again *I’ll never do it again

5/25/2019 Got to the trailhead parking lot at 6:00 am and there were a few spots let, but they went quickly. Make sure to fill out the free trail permit at the trail head. The hike is a steady uphill trek in a forest alongside Icehouse Creek, which is really flowing right now. Trail was fairly crowded up to the the saddle and then thinned out. Quite a few dogs on leash. You pass by several cabins and ruins of cabins. Once you reach the saddle the trail flattens for a while. You’ll pass an abandoned mine on the way. The views are amazing, make sure to stop and look around. There are a couple of rock slides that you have walk over. There were a few spots in the trail that were still covered in snow. No need to stop and put traction gear on. It was crowded at the peak and a line to take pictures with the Cucamonga Peak sign. The views into the valley are incredible. It was windy at the top, but nothing crazy. I’m 56 years old and had to take it slow up to the peak. 6 hours up, 1/2 hour at the peak and 4 hours back to the trailhead. There were quite a few open parking spaces at that time. This was peak #2 of my Six Pack of Peaks Challenge Trail Rating ***** I’d do it again tomorrow **** I’ll do it again, after I hike new trails ***I’ll do it again if someone asks **I’ll begrudgingly do it again *I’ll never do it again

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