Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
great trail . great views.
Really good training hike, not too long but you can tag on additional miles at the saddle. Lots of switchbacks get a little tedious but still pretty.
Headed up to do Cucamonga Peak but the ice and snow made the idea of the icy descent seemed like asking for a broken body part. So....headed back on the tough rocky narrow Chapman Trail. Can't wait to summit Cucamonga but need spikes and poles....headed back soon!
Enjoyed this hike, though there was a ton of snow at the Saddle and we were unable to move on to Cucamonga peak. Streams make the trail very pretty in the beginning.
Great cool hike. Snow on trail in a few spots. Cold at the saddle
March 16. A lot of snow above 7000 feet. Lost sight of the trail around 6600 feet. Made it to the Saddle junction following footsteps in the snow. It's a very rocky and rugged trail. Definitely take your trekking poles.
Great hike, pack snow cleats for this time of year.
All I can say is spectacular. Take someone with you and a couple sled dogs wouldn't hurt. The trail can get pretty slippery going down in certain area. The views were great at the top