Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon Trail

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Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and horses and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.7 miles 3087 feet Out & Back
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The trail itself follows a lovely stream for more than 2 miles, and by the tme the creek views end, you are already gaining high country vistas, pine forest and upward glances at Baldy, Bighorn and Ontario Peak. I am particularly jealous of the cabin owners along the first mile of the path.

George Cham
1 day ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

please let me ask around to find out more details about it
high quality time with them from our house

Gita Wowor
21 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

It was very hard for me especially bring a beginner but it was a good challenge

Bryan Smith
1 month ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike with wonderful views! It gets tough when you enter Cucamonga Wilderness and begin gaining elevation steeply.

Violet Romero
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Leisha Lee
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Good hike! Harder for my boyfriend and I since we didn't bring poles and it was very icy at mid February (super hot day though it was 70 degrees when we left the trail at 11:30).

Mark Ratzlaff
2 months ago

38 Completed21 Reviews

Set out to summit Ontario Peak, but was ill prepared.
I made it to the Saddle and had to turn around because the trail was so full of ice that I did not think I could safely proceed with the gear I brought.

I had the amatuer microspikes. The kind that have the round springy things wrapped around instead of actual spikes.
These are terrible. Do not use these on an icy trail. MIcrospikes AT THE LEAST... but probably really needed full Crampons and an Ice Axe.
I actually slipped on the slope and fell a few feet down before stopping myself on a tree.. but it scared me away from proceeding without proper traction.

IF you have the right gear, then this trail was surely passable to multiple peaks. It was a warm clear day though, and that melting snow could re-freeze into slick ice again.

If you plan to go past the Saddle, be prepared.

If you are reading this in the summer or fall... No worries. Its totally safe. just long.

Adam Bracklow
2 months ago

4 Completed5 Reviews

It's a nice little hike

Tony Wilson
5 months ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Tony Wilson
5 months ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Ryan Haydon
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A good hike. Starts off gradually and then becomes a little steep towards the end.

Temo Robles
6 months ago

9 Completed8 Reviews

A M
6 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

i did this hike to up and around to litle creek. its very fun. right befor u get to the top of the mountain there is a water spring u can drink out of .

William Birdwell
7 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Pros: This is a great hike, one of my favorites. Very good scenery and great if you're training for other, longer hikes. Once you reach the saddle, you can keep going up to Ontario Peak, Cucamonga Peak, Manker Flats, and a few other places, or just hang out at the saddle. Either way, it's a good time.
About a mile up from the trailhead, you can also take the Chapman Trail up to the saddle. It's about a mile longer, better scenery, a much steadier climb, and much less crowded than the canyon trail. It is a bit more exposed than the canyon trail, so on really hot days you want to hit it early. But that's true on either trail.
Cons: Fairly rocky, can get busy, and parking can be an issue. That said, get there at daybreak, wear good boots and have a good time.

Bree McGuire
7 months ago

65 Completed10 Reviews

This is a GREAT hot weather hike, because MOST of the trail is shaded. What I like best is the greenery+scenery starts right from the trailhead--no walking up a fire road or anything to reap the rewards. If you don't get there early enough to park in the lot, there is street parking... just plan on walking a little more. Probably not advisable for anyone with weak ankles, as there are some chunky rock sections to traverse. Lots of trails to choose from if you decide to continue hiking from the saddle!

Eric Orloski
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Easy hike.. This hike is miss labeled as hard. Only takes 1 hr 10
Mins to reach the saddle. If you think this is a hard hike then you must be really out of shape.

Robert Lenart
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Monica Tomer
8 months ago

13 Completed4 Reviews

Kyle Loerzel
9 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

Amazing trail all year around. I've done all 4 seasons on this trail. No service, manicured, and very peaceful. Always keep in mind this is a mountainous trail that during peak season requires mountaineering gear. All other season just be mindful of the weather, pack and dress appropriately and have fun!

Ellen K
9 months ago

18 Completed3 Reviews

Such a fun trail. The incline makes it challenging in some places, but that's the point. Awesome workout, beautiful scenery. It doesn't get much better than this.

James Augustine
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I've been on this trail hundreds of times and it is always a great trail, no matter the time of year. Many parts of the trail are covered in trees, and a rushing stream beside the trail, this is a great hike. Another consideration is that there is a short drive time on mountain roads as well. My favorite by far!