Elfin forest and brook, rustic cabins, watershed, high country views.
Near: Mt Baldy, CA
Distance: 7.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2700 ft
Hike Time: 4.5 hours
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Out and Back
This is a good hike. It is perfect for a quick half day, or just a short little outing. Even during the winter, if the snow is light, and you are itching for the high country, you can trek up to the saddle if you are careful on the ice.
The trail itself follows a lovely stream for more than 2 miles, and by the time 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.
This is a good training hike for more strenuous outdoor activity. You can bring along young people and see how well they respond. It’s perfect if you’re building strength for longer journeys. Or, if you just want a nice place to hang out, pick a spot. You can also just turn around when you tire.
The only problem with this trail is the overuse, I saw 58 people on my winter outing, and for some reason, that doesn’t seem like wilderness to me.
Take the 60, the 10, or the 210 to Mountain Avenue in Upland, exit and travel north (head toward the mountains, you can’t miss them.) Follow Mountain as it turns from a monster business avenue into a residential road. It will veer to the left and join Euclid, follow the curve. Stay on this road until you come to Mt. Baldy Road, here you will need to make a right. Follow it past the Trout Pond, and look for the sign for Icehouse Canyon. Continue straight to the parking lot. From the main road, you actually make a right turn, but you head straight in.
Park in the huge lot – this trail gets LOTS of usage. (Lat:34.23899 Lon:-117.59435)