Day Hike: Ice House Canyon Saddle

Sunday, 22 May 1988

Where: Ice House Canyon, part of the larger San Antonio Canyon system. In the San Gabriel

Mountains north of Pomona.

Statistics: Rating - Moderate; 2700 ft elev. gain; 9 mi RT (5.4 up, 3.6 down).

Lv 9:00, Return to cars by 6 pm.

Maps: Mt Baldy (7.5’), Cucamonga Peak (7.5’)

Hike Description: We start from the Ice House Canyon parking lot and walk past the recently burned out Lodge (was an historic area landmark). The bottom part of the trail winds past summer cabins. Notice old foundations and even chimneysstanding alone. Those cabins were never rebuilt after the massive flood of 1938. In a mile we meet a trail intersection. The relatively new "Chapman Trail" turns to the left into Cedar Canyon. It’s the long way but less steep. We’ll take it but come down the steeper Ice House Canyon trail. In Cedar Canyon we’ll see how well the area has recovered from a devastating fire a few years ago. We go past Cedar Flats (or Glenn), a good place to camp, and then contour onto the western slopes of Telegraph Peak before finally joining the older Ice House Canyon trail. In another three/quarters of a mile, we reach our day’s objective, the saddle. Lunch time and maybe a little shut-eye. From here one could continue to Cucamonga Pk, Ontario Pk, Telegraph & Timber Peaks, etc. There’s also a trail which heads down the eastern side into Lytle Creek Canyon. But after lunch and rest, we’ll turn back, this time down the steeper trail. Not far below the upper intersection is Columbine Spring. It should be flowing this early in the season. It’s possible to still see some snow. By the way, this canyon was named, honestly enough, after facilities for keeping ice in the old days. After the sun goes over the ridge, it can get chilly fast. After returning to the cars, those who wish can meet for pizza at the Roundtable on Baseline, west of Padua (corner of Mills).

Bring: Daypack, Lunch, water (1-2 qts), windbreaker with sweater, sun cream & glasses, camera, 10 Essentials if you have them. Good running shoes ok. High tops better, lightweight boots best. Mountaineering boots only for masochists.

Miscellany: For more information, call or message me: Jack Cook, ext 35214, Home: 371-2706 or E-Net: JCook:el Segundo. Bad weather will cancel. With poor response, I reserve the right to cancel or modify the plan completely!

Meeting Details: Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot. If I know you’re coming I’ll wait a few minutes. Look for a white VW Vanagon.

Driving details: Take the San Bernadino Freeway (10) east into the town of Pomona to the Indian Hill Bl turn off. Exit and turn north (left at light). Just north of the freeway is a Baker’s Square on your right and a Howard Johnson’s on your left if you want to eat breakfast here. Continue north on Indian Hill Bl on through the town of Claremont and past FootHill Bl (old US Hwy 66). Make a right (east) at Baseline. In a little over a mile, turn left onto Padua. Go north, just past some new mansions being built around here, to Mt Baldy Rd (or San Antonio Canyon Rd - same thing). Now stay on this all the way into the parking lot. Roughly 2hrs driving time.