Icehouse Canyon Trail

Angeles National Forest, California

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain2,941ft
Trailhead Elevation4,980ft
Top7,566ft
Elevation Min/Max4980/7566ft
Elevation Start/End4980/4980ft

Icehouse Canyon Trail

Icehouse Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Cucamonga Wilderness and Angeles National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 4,980 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,941 feet. The Icehouse Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and an information board. Columbine Spring and other springs can be seen along the trail. There are also screes along the trail. The trail ends near the Icehouse Saddle. There are also information guideposts near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Chapman Trail, Ontario Peak Trail, Three Ts Trail and Cucamonga Peak Trail.

Icehouse Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Icehouse Canyon is the most accessible hike in the beautiful Cucamonga Wilderness. The canyon was formed by earthquake fault activity. It is part of a larger system of east-west running canyons that stretches along the southern San Gabriel Mountains out to the west fork of the San Gabriel River. The shady recesses remain cool well into the summer and the canyon gets its name from purveyors of ice that supplied Southern California residents in the 1850s or 60s. This trip climbs through a forest of incense cedars to the saddle at the head of the canyon. A five-way junction on the saddle tempts the ambitious hiker with numerous ways to continue exploring."

"Icehouse Canyon Trail, leading from Icehouse Canyon to several 8,000-foot peaks, is an ideal introduction to the high-country delights of the Cucamonga Wilderness. The precipitous subalpine slopes of the wilderness, thickly forested with sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar, offer fresh mountain air and a network of good footpaths. The 4,400-acre wilderness, set aside by Congress in 1984, includes the Three T’s—Timber Mountain, Telegraph Peak and Thunder Mountain—as well as 8,859-foot Cucamonga Peak, easternmost sentinel of the San Gabriel Mountains. Icehouse Canyon is the hiker’s only easy entry into the Cucamonga high country. The saddle and nearby peaks offer fine views to the hiker. Sierra Club peak-baggers like this trail because several peaks are within “bagging distance” of Icehouse Saddle, an important trail junction."

Icehouse Canyon Trail Reviews

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1/25/2008
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.
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1/13/2008
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.
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9/23/2007
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.
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Angeles National Forest
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Angeles National Forest
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Dog-friendly
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Difficult
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Angeles National Forest
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