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:

View Jessie's Trails in a larger map
To view this map in a bigger window click the Jessie's Trails link below the map

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