Three T's Trail via Icehouse Canyon

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Three T's Trail via Icehouse Canyon is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
15.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4632 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

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A long, scenic loop from Icehouse Canyon to the Three T's Trail covering Timber Mtn, Telegraph Peak, and Thunder Mtn. Icehouse Canyon, nestled among cedar and pine, is a popular spot for casual hikers to enjoy alpine scenery and a year round stream. It is also served to more experienced hikers as a gateway to peaks in the Cucamonga Wilderness including the Three T’s Trail which summits Timber, Telegraph, and Thunder Mountains. From Icehouse trailhead, it is 3.6 miles to Icehouse Saddle, and an additional 5.6 miles to summit the three peaks to Baldy Notch. From Baldy Notch, you can walk down the access road or take the chairlift down during hours of operation. After reaching the base of Mt. Baldy (Manker Flat), the last 2.5 miles is paved back to the trailhead. This trip is a 14 mile loop, total. Another option is to backtrack the Three T's Trail after reaching Thunder Mtn. Getting to Icehouse Saddle is good exercise, but the Three T's Trail is strenuous. A lot of uphill and downhill hiking is required to pass over the prominences. The tallest is Telegraph Peak, at 8,985 ft.

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Great trail, a little steep at times but a great hike overall.

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23 days ago

We did this hike on Sunday October 29th 2017. We started from Icehouse Canyon trailhead around 6:15 a.m. in the dark and got to the saddle by about 8:30 a.m. . The weather was chilly but not too cold. the hike up to Timber Mountain who is moderate and pretty straightforward. At the top of Timber is nice flat summit with a sign and a register embedded into the tree behind the sign. There is some paper and pens inside of there that you can leave a note if you would like. Then we hiked up to Telegraph Peak. That was probably the most strenuous part of this hike. The trail from Timber Mountain saddle to Telegraph Peak was very strenuous and non-stop climbing. Lots and lots of switchbacks! And just when you think you've made it to the top... Nope! But we finally made it and we're very happy with the view from the top of Telegraph Peak. This peak probably had one of the best views out of the three. The view into the desert below and the mountain ranges around us was spectacular. Nice clear shot of Baldy and across the way Gorgonio and San Jacinto. Of course you could also pick out Etiwanda Peak, Cucamonga Peak, Timber Mountain, Bighorn Peak, Ontario Peak. Not much shade at the top of Telegraph Peak, we managed to find a little spot behind the big rock at the Summit and ate our lunch there. We headed down back to the junction of the three T's Trail and headed for Thunder Mountain. The hike up to Thunder Mountain seems super easy compared to the climb we just had going up to Telegraph. At the top of Thunder Mountain there is a non-functioning chairlift and abandon Ski Hut / chair lift operations Hut. there is a little sign that says Thunder Mountain by the chair lifts. we didn't hang out too long because the summit was unimpressive. But we can say we checked it off our list. Fom there it is an easy walk down the ski slopes back to the Baldy Notch. From the Baldy Notch you can choose to take the ski lifts down for $15 per person, or just walk the fire road back down to Manker Flats. We opted to walk the fire road back to Manker Flats then hitched a ride back to Icehouse Canyon. I really would not recommend hiking down the mountain Road from Manker Flats to Icehouse Canyon, it seems pretty dangerous if you ask me with all of the traffic coming up and down and there is not always adequate space on the road for pedestrians. Especially if you take into account most people coming up here are not regular Mountain drivers which makes it even more unsafe to traverse this road on foot. I recommend making it a shuttle hike or finding a ride from Manker Flats back to Icehouse Canyon. Overall I really enjoyed this hike it was very different from the other hikes I've done in the Cucamonga wilderness. if you're looking for a strenuous long buttkicker of a hike with spectacular views this is it!

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2 months ago

This is a great trail that can be done from Icehouse or Manker Flat. There are a few sections on the south side of Telegraph that are confusing and/or eroded, but the trail is pretty easy to follow. Just follow this app, a GPX, or a map, and you'll be fine. This hike is a more strenuous than Cucamonga, but not extremely so. The views from Telegraph are some of the best in the San Gabes if you enjoy the desert and like looking at other peaks from different angles. Baldy in particular looks amazing.

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This is a good intro for newbs testing out their legs. Not difficult for a advanced/fit hiker. Views were under whelming and it was crowded. Not worth doing a second time.

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