Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California
Icehouse Canyon is definitively among the most popular areas in the San Gabriels. Easy access to the flowing stream, trickling cascades, old ruins, and tranquil forest beauty offer quick rewards to families, couples, and anyone wanting a little away time from the pressures of the city. The splendor here is undeniable with everything you would expect to see in a forest, including wildlife and towering trees. On the weekends, it is not uncommon for the trailhead parking lot to be over flowing. You will find people picnicking, playing in the stream, and even taking a very frigid soak in some of the larger pools along the way. The steepness of the Icehouse Canyon Trail discourages all but the hardiest of hikers in continuing on to one of the many peaks in the vicinity, but the variety of options at the top guarantee plenty of outdoor types on the trail. Getting an early start or taking a weekday excursion is the best way to ensure solitude.