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    Icehouse Canyon Trail

    Angeles National Forest, California
    Elevation Gain2,941ft
    Trailhead Elevation4,980ft
    Elevation Min/Max4980/7566ft
    Elevation Start/End4980/4980ft

    Icehouse Canyon Trail

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    Hudsonville, MI
    Explorer | 41 pts
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    Pomona, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    It has been a mild winter, so it may be more snowy at other points in the winter. We went with no cramp-ons and no poles. It was only slightly slick in spots, and was easy to get to the saddle. It does climb 2,500 ft or so in 3.6 miles. I was surprised that it was that steep. It's a very nice hike. The views on the way down are mostly of the canyon walls that you are walking in, but it is very pretty.
    Hollywood, CA
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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    The trail was covered in snow and most hikers had cramp-ons and ski poles. I did not. It was totally manageable however, with just my hiking boots and a sturdy walking stick. It seemed like a nice trail. The beginning was nicely shaded and followed a creek. There were remnants of cabins. After a few hours of following other hiker's footprints in the snow, I began to suspect that I was not on "the trail" anymore. I came to a point where the footprints were few and the snow became very icy and slippery. I would like to return in the spring and find out where the trail actually leads.
    Big Sandy, TX
    Pathfinder | 141 pts
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    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.

    Trail Information

    Angeles National Forest
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    Angeles National Forest
    Skill Level
    Angeles National Forest
    Local Contacts
    Tom Harrison Angeles High Country or USGS Mount Baldy and Cucamonga Peak 7.5'
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