Big Sandy, TX
Pathfinder | 141 pts
I was really impressed to discover such a beautiful area for hiking so close to everyone in the Inland Empire. After just a short drive into the Angeles National Forest, the Icehouse Canyon Trail is the base trail to get you to all these mountain peak trails (Ontario, the 3 T's, Cucamonga) and the trail is beautiful.
The first part of the trail is shaded by trees that grow along the stream. There are ruins of old frontier homes that caused me to appreciate the convenient lifestyle we now have.
Maybe half to two-thirds of the way up the trail, the trail hugs the side of the mountain so you're in the sun. For a short part, it's pretty steep too. It wouldn't be the most fun thing to do with a heavy pack. Still, the views are worthwhile.
The saddle itself was so of disappointing. My partner and I almost continued on to another trail because we didn't realize that was the end for the Icehouse. From the saddle, there are 5 trails that either cross here or close by on branching trails.
On the way down we took the longer Chapman trail for a bit and it was a good way to get a different view, rather than backtracking the entire thing.
Overall, I felt as though I were in another part of the state when I was hiking in this area. Parts of the trail reminded me of Yosemite and Sequoia. I highly recommend it for a morning hike.