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Middle Fork Trail #6W01

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Trail

4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,623' 1,104 m
Descent: -79' -24 m
High: 7,566' 2,306 m
Low: 4,022' 1,226 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Sung Kwang Kim

Beautiful trail crossing several streams on its way to the destination.

Sung Kwang Kim

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Wilderness permit required. No fires are allowed in the Cucamonga Wilderness.

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required to park at trailhead.

Description

The Middle Fork Trail will take you up to Icehouse Saddle without bringing you up with the crowds. The trail itself is more challenging than the other popular ascents in the area, such as the Icehouse Canyon Trail #7W07A. The additional challenge begins with getting to the trailhead. There is parking, but the road is rocky and more favorable to high clearance vehicles.

Once your laces are tied, get ready for a consistent, quad burning ascent. You'll cover nearly 3,000 vertical feet in just under 5 miles, which is nothing to sneeze at! Once you've gained the saddle, options and dramatic views abound, so be sure to take your time to enjoy a longer journey, or appreciate your efforts before heading back the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Alder, maple and bay trees shade areas along the stream. Oaks, bigcone spruce, Jeffrey pines, sugar pines provide spotty shade elsewhere.

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Aug 18, 2018
teresamatrix Brecht
mountain lion sighting/encounter!!! turned back scared. this trail crosses several dubious scree fields. not popular. 7.3mi — 3h 15m
Oct 29, 2016
Josh Renner
4.9mi

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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#733

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#7,380

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Sign at Icehouse Saddle showing potential links and spur trails.
Apr 19, 2015 near Rancho…, CA

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