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If you are looking for a challenging and scenic loop hike in the Cucamonga Wilderness, the Icehouse Canyon Trail to Chapman Trail Loop might be the perfect choice for you.
This 8.5-mile hike takes you through a variety of terrain, from lush canyon forests to rocky alpine slopes, with stunning views of Mount Baldy and Ontario Peak along the way. You will start at the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead, just north of Mount Baldy Village, and follow a stream for almost two miles, passing by quaint cabins and a wilderness permit station.
The trail then climbs steeply up the canyon, gaining over 2,600 feet of elevation to reach Icehouse Saddle, a junction of several trails and a popular resting spot. From here, you can either turn back or continue on the loop by taking the Chapman Trail to the left (north).
The Chapman Trail switchbacks down the southwest-facing slope of Timber Mountain, offering panoramic views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Inland Empire.
You will reach Cedar Glen Trail Camp, a secluded spot for backpackers with six sites and a spring. The trail then continues to descend along the north side of Icehouse Canyon, crossing several tributaries and passing through manzanita and oak groves.
You will eventually rejoin the Icehouse Canyon Trail at a signed fork, and follow it back to the trailhead. This hike is best done from March to November, as it can be covered in ice and snow in the winter.
A wilderness permit is required for day hiking and overnight trips, which can be obtained at the Mt.
Baldy Visitor Center or at the trailhead.
Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. Sources: https://hikingangelesforest.com/hikes/trailheads/icehouse-canyon-trailhead/icehouse-canyon-and-chapman-trail-loop-to-icehouse-saddle/. https://www.outdoorproject.com/united-states/california/icehouse-saddle-chapman-trail. https://socalhiker.net/new-day-hiking-permit-requirements-for-wilderness-areas-in-the-san-bernardino-national-forest/ Conversation with Bing Chat