Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle to Cedar Glen

Trailhead: Icehouse Canyon

Trip:

Day 1:Trailhead up Icehouse Canyon to Icehouse Saddle down Chapman Trail to Cedar Glen Trail Camp (6.1 miles, 2620′ gain, 1180′ loss)

Day2: Cedar Glen Trial Camp up Chapman Trail to Icehouse Saddle down Icehouse Canyon to Trailhead. (6.1 miles, 1180′ gain, 2620′ loss)

Total Stats for Trip: 12.2 miles, 3800′ gain and loss.

Last Backpacked: 6-27-12

A Wilderness Permit is required to hike in this area.  Also a Campfire permit is required to use a stove.  These requirements are posted on the Cucamonga Wilderness Sign along the middle portion of the Icehouse Canyon Trail.  The permits can be acquired at the Mt. Baldy Visitors Center.

Cucamonga Wilderness sign with posting of wilderness permit requirements.

Trail Segments: From trailhead take the Lower Icehouse Canyon Trail to the Lower JCT of the Chapman trail.

Lower JCT of Icehouse Canyon Trail and Chapman Trail

At the Lower JCT continue up the middle portion of the Icehouse Canyon Trail to the Upper JCT with the Chapman Trail.

Upper JCT with the Chapman Trail

Continue up along the upper portion of the Icehouse Canyon Trail to Icehouse Saddle.  From Icehouse Saddle head back down the way you came until you reach the upper JCT with the Chapman Trail.  Continue down the Upper Chapman Trail to the Cedar Glen Trail Camp.

Cedar Glen Trail Camp

Day 2, go back the way you came or shorten by hiking down the Chapman Trail.

Camp site: Cedar Glen Trail Camp

Photos: Lower Icehouse Canyon, Middle Icehouse Canyon, Upper Icehouse Canyon, Upper Chapman Trail

This hike starts along a stream that is follows most of the way up Icehouse Canyon.  Along the Icehouse Canyon Trail are numerous small waterfalls (perhaps better described as micro-falls) and a few interesting areas where groundwater flows across the trail into the stream.  Close to the two mile marker is an area with boulders displaying great patterns.  Fairly close to the upper junction with the Chapman Trail is Columbine Spring which is the last place to get water (I filter the water I get from there) before reaching Icehouse Saddle.  At Icehouse Saddle there are several options to continue hiking with clearly marked signs if you want to extend your hike. Going down the Chapman Trail provides nice views down the canyon and at places views out to the ocean.  The Chapman trail leads to Cedar Glen Trail Camp  and there is water crossing the trail just below Cedar Glen.

“Micro-Fall” along the lower portion of the Icehouse Canyon Trail

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