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Trail: 10 miles, 3000 ft. vertical Time: Overnight with possible extensions Driving: 30 minutes Difficulty: steep, but simple Season: September-November; March-June; also possible in winter
Relevant Guidebooks & Maps
USGS 7.5' Maps: Mt. Baldy, Cucamonga Peak, and Telegraph Peak are available in the OTL Gear room. Usefull Guidebooks: Trails of the ANgeles by John Robinson includes pieces of this hike with informative descriptions. Mt Baldy Ranger Stations: (818)-335-1251
From Claremont take Mills Ave. North untilyou reach Mt. Baldy Road. Turn right and drive upthrough the village (passing the ranger station) to the wellmarked parking lot for Icehouse Canyon. Keep rightwhere the road forks just after Baldy Village.Rules: Backpackers need both an overnight permit, stovepermit, and parking pass. Call ahead of time for availabilitybecause there are limited backpacking permits forspring and summer weekends. Forest Adventure Pass required.
This hike is a great opportunity to sneak away from campus for a short night or up to a long weekend. From the parking lot it is less than four miles to Icehouse Saddle along a very well marked trail going through the canyon. For the first 1.5 miles you follow the river and pass many cabins, then the Chapman trail splits off, and you follow the main trail upwards. 3 miles into the hike you pass the Columbine Spring which is the last water aside from snow on the peak, after the spring the trail begins switching back steeply until you reach Icehouse Saddle offering spectacular views (especially if you climb to the top of the 20 foot ridge) of Baldy to the north and the valleys both east and west in the San Gabriels. From the top of Icehouse Saddle follow the trail north toward Telegraph Peak. As you hike over the ridge and gain a full view of Baldy, the trail curves west around Timber Mountain. When you are due west of Timber Peak, which is the first peak you encounter after Icehouse Saddle, look west instead of following the trail east. There is a plateau jutting west/northwest that makes an excellent campsite, it should be marked by a pile of rocks. On the USGS 7.5 Cucamonga Peak Map, your campsite is on the "8" in the 8,000 marking the elevation just west of Timber Peak. If you fail to find this site, you can camp anywhere in the area as long as you are at least 200ft away from the trail. From your site you can watch the sun set beyond the foothills of the San Gabriels as the moon chases it across the sky and sets in the sun's wake. This is LA, the place of never ending sunsets as the light of 11 million people keeps the horizon at a glow till the morning sun turns the mountains orange and overwhelms the city. Return the way you came for a 1 0 mile round trip hike. Additional Options: There are several good day hikes fiom this location. The trail continues to Mt. Baldy Notch, just an additional 4 miles where you can ride the ski lift down on weekends all year. From the Baldy parking lot you should not have much of a problem hitching a ride to Icehouse Canyon parking lot 3.5 miles down the road.
Backpackers need both an overnight permit, stovepermit, and parking pass. Call ahead of time for availabilitybecause there are limited backpacking permits forspring and summer weekends. Forest Adventure Pass required. Altitude sickness is not often a problem, howeverif you feel a headache, nausea, or severe shortness ofbreath descend immediately.
Edited by (in order): OTL Staff
Last updated: 05/25/2009