Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cedar Glen Camp Trail via Icehouse Canyon Trail and The Chapman Trail

Date/ Time:
November 21, 2011
10:30am- 2:00pm

Nearby City:
San Antonio Heights, CA

Driving Directions:
Take the 210 freeway East or West and Exit toward Base Line Rd. then in 0.4 mile make a left onto East Baseline Rd. Take the first Right onto Padua Ave. and follow that for 1.8 miles and make a slight Right at the light onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Continue to follow Mt. Baldy Rd as it winds up into the mountains, soon you'll see Mt. Baldy ahead of you covered in snow (if it's winter) Once at Mt. Baldy Village an Adventure Pass can be bought at the Mt. Baldy Lodge or the Visitor/ information center just a few feet further up the road. Continue to follow Mt. Baldy Rd. 1.5 miles to Ice House Canyon Rd. (Right) and park somewhere in the parking lot. An Adventure Pass is needed to park.

Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset

Difficulty:
Easy

Why?
The trails have a slight incline for most of the way but very do able.

Elevation Gain/ Loss:
Trailhead- 4900'
Icehouse Saddle- 7555'

Seasons:
Year around; in the winter the trail gets a lot of snow and is only for the experienced hikers.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
An Adventure Pass is needed to park at the Icehouse parking lot. They can be bought online or at a location near you or the trail. There are a few places like the Mt. Baldy Lodge and the information center where you are able to buy an Adventure Pass, just make sure they are open before heading up the mountain.

For backpackers planing on spending the night out on the trail a Wilderness Permit is required. They can be bought at the information center in Mt. Baldy Village. For the early hikers (before 8am) they can be bought the day before by calling (909) 982-2829 and they'll pin it on the bulletin board out front and you can pick it up in the morning.


Cell Service:
T-Mobile - I had no service anywhere in Mt. Baldy Village, at the trailhead, or anywhere along the trail.

Trails:
Icehouse Canyon Trail-6.5 miles round trip
Chapman Trail to Icehouse Saddle- 7.5 miles round trip
Cucamonga Wilderness- 1.8 miles one way

Once at the Icehouse Saddle you will see that it is also a major junction with trails heading in four directions. The following list of trails are what trails you can take once you are at the saddle.

North: Three T's Trail
Timber Mt.- 0.9 mile
Telegraph Peak- 2.9 miles
Thunder Mt.- 3.9

Southeast: Cucamonga Peak Trail
Middle Fork Trail- 0.1 mile
Cucamonga Peak- 2.4 miles
Big Tree Trailhead- 9.1 miles

East: Middle Fork Trail
Commanche Camp- 1.7 miles
Third Stream Crossing- 3.2 miles
Stonehouse- 4.5 miles
Middle Fork Trailhead- 5.4 miles

Southwest: Ontario Peak Trail
Kelly Camp- 1.0 mile
Ontario Peak- 2.8 miles

Trail Conditions:
Other than being covered in snow and ice the trail is in excellent condition. In the winter months please be careful of snow, ice, and slushy trail conditions.

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot follow the Icehouse Canyon Trail until you reach the Chapman Trail junction. go left up the Chapman Trail eventually you will reach a 1 mile marker. This is where we had lunch in a large open area. See video below. In another mile or so of walking we stopped and turned around because the snow and slush was getting to much for our group.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Dogs allowed on leash

Links:
Facebook
YouTube
Etsy
Weather
Adventure Pass
Mt. Baldy Website
Wilderness Permit and Other Permits
San Bernardino National Forest

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a great hike for families, there's snow in the winter, a year around stream in the summer, and tons of old cabin foundations littered all along the trail.

Maps:

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mt. Disappointment & San Gabriel Peak


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Date/ Time:
November 14, 2011
Update: May 5, 2012- Also hiked Mt. Deception

Nearby City:
La Canada Flintridge, CA

Driving Directions:
Taking the 210 Freeway East Exit Ca-2/ Angeles Crest Highway toward La Canada Flintridge. There are two exit signs for Ca-2 Highway make sure to take the second one. At the light make a Left onto Ca-2 East/ Angeles Crest Highway and follow for 13.9 miles to the Mt wilson Red box Picnic Area and Trailhead and make a right into the large parking lot. Continue down Mt. Wilson Red Box Road through the parking lot. In 0.3 mile make a hard right onto Mt Disappointment Road, Its the first right but you can easily pass it. Park in the small dirt patch on your right. To see exactly where you will be parking check out Jessie's Trails on Google Maps.

To get to the other trailhead (CLOSED) continue past Mt. Disappointment Road 2 miles further to the other Mt Disappointment Road make a right and park.

Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset

Difficulty:
Easy

Why?
This is a very easy trail with a steady incline all the way to the top of Mt Disappointment or San Gabriel Peak.

Elevation Gain/Loss:
Mt Disappointment- 5960'
San Gabriel Peak- 6161'

Seasons:
All year, make sure to check weather conditions before heading out in the summer months this trail is exposed and you will need plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen.

Parking/ Entrance Fees:
An Adventure Pass is needed to park, you can buy one online or find one near you.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile - No service at all

Trails:
Mt Disappointment- 4 miles round trip (4.5 miles if you combine both trails)
San Gabriel Peak-4 miles round trip

Trail Conditions:
The trail is hard to spot from the parking area but once you find it its very easy to follow eventually becoming paved for a short distance. The switchbacks at the beginning of the trail are starting to erode and parts of the San Gabriel Peak trail is doing the same.

Trail Directions:
Starting at the small dirt parking area, you can hike up the mountain one of two ways. First the easy way up is to take the paved fire road past the gate all the way up till it ends at a fork in the road for Mt. Disappointment(Right) and San Gabriel Peak(Left). 

The other, main trail to the top of both Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak is a dirt path that can be found by a quick look around for a yellow sign marking the trail but the trail itself is hard to spot. Once on the trail it quickly gets your heart rate going as you climb a few switchbacks, keep a look out on your left for short bursts of stunning views of the mountains around you through small openings in the tall trees and brush. The trail is very easy to follow as it heads up further into the mountains toward your destination. After about 3.5 miles the trial will almost come level with the paved Fire Road, here you can hop the metal guard rail and continue the rest of the hike on paved road or follow the trail to the left a very short distance to where the trail dumps you out on the paved fire road. Go left and soon you will reach the fork for the two mountains. Go left to a large open area where you will see another yellow sign (Update 2012: Sign is gone) marking the trailhead for the San Gabriel Peak trail. Follow this hard to spot dirt trail to the top of San Gabriel Peak. Once you're at the top chill out and have some lunch then head back down and straight over to mt. Disappointment. This very short 0.5 mile walk up to Mt. Disappointment is worth the trip, along with stunning views and a rock ledge to climb out on there are still remnants of the Nike missile site that once was used but is now just a communication tower. Head back the way you came or do what we did and take the other way back to your car; don't worry both ways are the same distance.

Other Activities:
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center
Trail running
Dogs Allowed ON LEASH

Links:
Facebook
YouTube
Etsy
Weather
Adventure Pass

Jessie's Thoughts
I chose this trail, like a lot of people did because of its name. All in all this was a very easy trail, great condition, multiple ways up, amazing views, and if you hike it on a week day like we did it will only be you out there. The Mt. Disappointment trail is great for beginners or families with young children and/ or dogs.



Maps:

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon Trail

Date/Time:
November, 7 2011
Update: November 21, 2011- Chapman Trail

Nearby City:
San Antonio Heights, CA

Driving Directions:
Take the 210 freeway East or West and Exit toward Base Line Rd. then in 0.4 mile make a left onto East Baseline Rd. Take the first Right onto Padua Ave. and follow that for 1.8 miles and make a slight Right at the light onto Mt. Baldy Rd. Continue to follow Mt. Baldy Rd as it winds up into the mountains, soon you'll see Mt. Baldy ahead of you covered in snow (if it's winter) Once at Mt. Baldy Village an Adventure Pass can be bought at the Mt. Baldy Lodge or the Visitor/ information center just a few feet further up the road. Continue to follow Mt. Baldy Rd. 1.5 miles to Ice House Canyon Rd. (Right) and park somewhere in the parking lot. An Adventure Pass is needed to park.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate- strenuous


Why?
The trail starts off easy with very little incline. Once about 2.5 miles in you hit switchbacks and this is where it gets strenuous; but its only 1 mile more to the saddle!


Elevation Gain/Loss:
Trailhead- 4900'
Icehouse Saddle- 7555'
Total Gain/Loss- 2655'

Seasons:
This hike is great in the snow or in the summer. With trees towering above giving you plenty of shade and a roaring river to your right this trail can easily protect you from the suns rays during the hot summer months. In the winter the trail is covered in snow and patches of ice all the way up to the saddle and then to the summit. If you want to hike in the snow but never have, make sure to go at the first snow fall or in the spring when snow begins to melt. It is only the beginning of November and the snow and ice got to much for us to handle near the saddle.  Make sure to check weather conditions before heading out on this or any other trail.



Entrance/ Parking Fee:
An Adventure Pass is needed to park at the Icehouse parking lot. They can be bought online or at a location near you or the trail. There are a few places like the Mt. Baldy Lodge and the information center where you are able to buy an Adventure Pass, just make sure they are open before heading up the mountain.

For backpackers planing on spending the night out on the trail a Wilderness Permit is required. They can be  bought at the information center in Mt. Baldy Village. For the early hikers (before 8am) they can be bought the day before by calling (909) 982-2829 and they'll pin it on the bulletin board out front and you can pick it up in the morning.


Cell Service:
T-Mobile - I had no service anywhere in Mt. Baldy Village, at the trailhead, or anywhere along the trail.


Trails:
Icehouse Canyon Trail-6.5 miles round trip
Chapman Trail to Icehouse Saddle- 7.5 miles round trip
Cucamonga Wilderness- 1.8 miles one way

Once at the Icehouse Saddle you will see that it is also a major junction with trails heading in four directions. The following list of trails are what trails you can take once you are at the saddle.

North: Three T's Trail
Timber Mt.- 0.9 mile
Telegraph Peak- 2.9 miles
Thunder Mt.- 3.9

Southeast: Cucamonga Peak Trail
Middle Fork Trail- 0.1 mile
Cucamonga Peak- 2.4 miles
Big Tree Trailhead- 9.1 miles

East: Middle Fork Trail
Commanche Camp- 1.7 miles
Third Stream Crossing- 3.2 miles
Stonehouse- 4.5 miles
Middle Fork Trailhead- 5.4 miles

Southwest: Ontario Peak Trail
Kelly Camp- 1.0 mile
Ontario Peak- 2.8 miles

Trail Directions:
From the trailhead follow the trail as it heads up into Icehouse canyon following the year around creek to the right of the trail. After 1.0 mile you'll reach the junction of the Chapman Trail (this trail is newer but will add 1.7 miles to your hike) on the left and the original Icehouse Canyon Trail, go straight. In a while you will cross the creek to the south bank and at 1.8 miles from the start you reach the signed entrance to the Cucamonga Wilderness. The forest is more open at this point so make sure to bring sunscreen. The trail crosses back to the north side of the canyon, and after a few minutes you pass a 2 mile marker. The trail gets steeper now and at 2.4 miles you are greeted by the refreshing water of Columbine Spring, high on the north slope above the canyon floor. The spring is barely viable from the trail, we found it by listening to the sounds of water and following a small foot path down and around to it where we sat and had lunch. Just after the spring you''ll hit a bunch of switch backs and just shy of 3 miles you reach the upper junction of the Chapman Trail. As you continue up the canyon (right) the topography becomes more gentle and after another half mile you'll reach the Icehouse Saddle.

Once at the saddle enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and then you have to make a choice. Go back the way you cam, hike to the summit, or follow one of the many trails leading off in different directions. See the trail list below for the list of these trails. As Jessie's Trails hikes the long list of trails at the junction they will become links to their own page with trail directions.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Dogs allowed on leash

Links:
Facebook
YouTube
Weather
Etsy
Mt. Baldy
Adventure Pass
Wilderness Permit and Other Permits
San Bernardino National Forest

Jessie's Thoughts:
Loved this trail! I will say it again, I LOVE THIS TRAIL!! First hike of winter; beautiful snow all over the ground, stunning views of snow capped mountains, and lunch with friends at Columbine Spring; is it wrong to ask for more? NOPE! This trail provides great exercise as the trail gets harder the farther you go, exploration of tiny stone foundations of cabins that once stood there for the A.D.D hikers, a flowing creek all year if you want to take a dip in the summer time and did I mention snow in the winter?! I recommend this trail for everyone wanting a change from the norm. If you plan on hiking this trail in the winter make sure to check weather conditions before heading out and bring the proper equipment as the trail is covered in ice.

Maps:

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mt. Willson Toll Road to Henninger Flats

Date/ Time:
October 31, 2011


Nearby City:
Altadena, CA

Driving Directions:
Take the 210 freeway and exit Hill Ave. in 0.2 miles merge onto East Corson St. Follow Corson  for 0.5 miles and turn Left onto North Allen Ave and follow for 2.7 miles and then make a slight right onto Pinecrest Dr. In 0.2 miles turn right again to stay on Pinecrest Dr. Follow this road till you see a large gate with signs and a bunch of locks on it; you have arrived. You will quickly notice that parking here is only 2 hours. If you plan on staying longer continue down Pinecrest Dr. past the entrance till you reach Bowring Dr. make a right  and park. You can also park at the Eaton Canyon Parking Area but that adds a small amount of time to your hike.

Entrance/ Parking Fee:
None (2 hour parking on Pinecrest Dr.) Eaton Canyon parking lot is free as well (no adventure pass is needed to park)

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset - if you park at Pinecrest Dr. be warned that the gate can be and might be shut and locked while you are still inside. If this is the case you have to walk all the way to the Eaton Canyon parking lot and nature center and take street routs back up to your car.

Difficulty:
Easy/ Strenuous

Why?
The easy part is the fire road; if you have ever hiked a fire road before you know it usually well maintained and a wide trail. The trail is all up hill to the flats and can be strenuous for some.


Elevation Gain/Loss:
Trailhead- 1310'
Henninger Flats- 2932''
Total Loss/ Gain- 1360'

Eaton Canyon- 960'
Mt. Wilson- 5710'
Mt. Lowe- 5603'

Seasons:
November - June

Why?
The trail to Henninger Flats is a fire road that is very exposed with little to no shade so this trail is best hiked in cooler months.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile - No service at trailhead but I got spotty service along the trail and at Henninger Flats.

Trails:
Mt. Wilson Toll Road to Henninger Flats- 5.4 miles round trip
Eaton Canyon Falls- 3 miles round trip

Trail Conditions:
The trial is in great condition with plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction and benches to rest and enjoy the views along the trail.

Trail Directions:
Starting at the gated entrance on Pinecrest Dr. walk past the gate down a paved road to a bridge. Once over the bridge you can either take the trail to the left that heads up or take the trail to the right that takes you to the Eaton Canyon Falls trail. Follow the trail as it steadily climbs up into the mountains with amazing views of the surrounding cities; you will eventually start to see benches to rest at. Soon you will reach a junction; if you go to the right that trail will wind its way all the way down to Eaton Canyon Falls trail or go left and continue up to Henninger Flats. In 2 miles you'll reach the mile marker saying 7/10 mile left. From here you area able to see parts of Henninger Flats, just look for a large group of trees that look like they don't belong. Once at the flats enjoy the nature center and all the interesting mining equipment on display around the camp sites and picnic area. When you're done go back down the mountain the way you came, for a longer hike I recommend doing the Eaton Canyon Falls trail as well. Be warned the gate where you parked can and may be locked while you are still in the canyon.

Other Activities:
Equestrian
Trail running
Hiking
Dogs allowed on leash!
Nature center
Museum at Flats

Links:
Facebook
Youtube
Etsy
Eaton Canyon Natural Area

Jessie's Thoughts:
This hike was a lot of fun. I recommend it for anyone who wants a small challenge when hiking. Once at Henninger Flats the views and sites around the Flat is amazing! If you go slow and on a cool day this is a great hike for families. We went on a Monday and other than passing a few people along the trail there was no one at the flat so we had it all to ourselves. Once at the flat you can enjoy a lookout tower with equipment on display inside. There's also a nature center, an old cabin with an outhouse, and a short nature trail that leads you around the outer perimeter of Henninger Flats. As soon as you've seen all there is to see and learn about, head back down the mountain to where the trail meets Eaton Canyon trail and follow that for a short distance to a waterfall with a large pool at the base.

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