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Icehouse Canyon Trail #7W07A

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,573' 784 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 7,577' 2,310 m
Low: 5,012' 1,528 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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Trail shared by Alison Kelly

Varied ecological and geological climes heading toward Icehouse Saddle with many trails to explore.

Alison Kelly

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required to park at trailhead. Lot fills early on weekends. Do no leave valuables in car. Please do not cut switchbacks which damages the trail.

Description

If the parking lot at the trailhead is full, park along Mt. Baldy Road (be respectful of private property/driveways along here). There are vault toilets and trash cans in the parking lot for last-minute needs. Sign-in to the trail registry if required.

The Icehouse Canyon Trail is wide and flat for the first 0.5 miles or so as it rises gently along the stream. The surface is generally even with sections of stone steps. You pass several little cabins along the stream (again, respect the private property here). In this section, you'll notice small but very pretty waterfalls intermittently in the stream but different sections flow at different times of the year so waterfalls are not consistent.

At 0.9 miles there is a junction with the Chapman Trail #7W07 (left fork). About 1.5 miles up from the trailhead, you encounter the Cucamonga Wilderness boundary and associated signage. This also marks the transition into a rockier section of the trail as it follows a scree/dry riverbed section of the canyon floor. There are remarkable geological features along this portion. Try to watch the trail, especially on the way up, as it's easy to lose it on parts of the riverbed if you're watching the amazing scenery.

Just over two miles in, the trail begins to rise in earnest toward Icehouse Saddle from the canyon floor. The best way to describe this section is a classic lovely mountain trail. It's dusty and narrow with amazing specimen of pine and fir trees and occasionally steep switchbacks.

After 2.8 miles there is another junction with the Chapman Trail #7W07. Bear right and continue east toward the summit of this trail, Icehouse Saddle. The last section is also rising switchbacks and the ecology changes to manzanita stands and open pockets of forest floor. This will take you up to the saddle, which then splits into a network of other trails out into the Cucamonga Wilderness. This is a great place to stop and enjoy the cool breezes and lovely scenery.

Flora & Fauna

If you're a birder, bring binoculars! I have seen California quail and Stellar's jays and I'm not a very good birder, so that's just a sample.

Oaks, incense cedars, maple trees provide shade on the lower section of trail while Jeffrey pines, sugar pines, white fir are more common on the upper part. Alder trees are common along the riparian areas. Beautiful columbines and scarlet monkeyflowers are found around the springs. A good place to see Nelson bighorn sheep when there aren't a lot of people.

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Aug 3, 2019
Jonathan Limon
7mi — 7h 51m
Aug 1, 2019
Yukiko Matsumoto
Jul 10, 2019
CHAD MILLIKAN
Jun 22, 2019
Breda Lund
Nov 20, 2018
Melissa Joy
Oct 20, 2018
Ryan Dunn
Beautiful trail. Very crowded, though it is a major artery to access a wide number of peaks and backcountry trails. 7mi — 4h 00m
Sep 8, 2018
Emmanuel Diaz
Aug 22, 2018
Mario Dominguez
3.6mi

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