Level: Intermediate-Advanced— THIS IS NOT A HIKE FOR A TOTAL BEGINNER WHO HAS NOT EXERCISED IN THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS OR WHO HAS TROUBLE WITH HIGH ELEVATION, UNEVEN TERRAIN. PLEASE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Please be able to hike the first 2 1/2 miles climbing 1400 feet in one hour or less with no breaks until we reach the campground. We descend at 6:15PM to reach the parking lot at 7:15PM. Members on this hike are advanced, experience, fit and dedicated that are training for Peaks over 10000 feet in elevation.
We will meet at the trail head at 5:00 pm and start hiking promptly at 5:10 pm following a 10 minute social. We are a friendly group hiking together over five years so it is good to catch up with members.
This hike is about 5 miles round trip with about a 1400 ft gain.
Maintain six foot social distance. Masks are welcomed. Don’t hike sick please.
This is a permit hike with 12 hikers to a permit. If we have over 12 we will start Group 1 at 5:10 and Group 2 at 5:15. We will cap it at 24 hikers and create a waiting list. Starting order is based on order signed up.
This conditioning hike will run every Wednesday during Daylight Savings time and will go dark during standard time.
The hike starts on the Icehouse Canyon trail at 5000 ft. The lower trail climbs above a bubbling stream that flows over boulders and passes old cabins and cabin ruins. We will hike mostly in shade under a canopy of fir, pine, and cedar trees on the lower trail until we reach the one mile marker. Here, instead of going straight on the Icehouse Canyon trail we will turn left and take the Chapman trail about another 1.5 miles to the Cedar Glen Campground. This is the trail less traveled and we will again hike single track up to the campground. The Cedar Glen trail camp sits secluded in a bowl-shaped bench under Cedar, Pine and Fir. Numerous streams run across the trail. We will stop here to have a snack and explore the area before heading back out the way we came.
Though most of the trail is well-maintained, there are some rocky, uneven portions where those who are not sure on their feet may have trouble.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a headlamp or flashlight as darkness may set near the end of the hike. At least 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water, snacks, sunhat, sunscreen, dress in layers and wear good trail shoes with tread or hiking boots. We start at 5000 feet and ascend to 6400 foot so it can get a bit chilly.
DIRECTIONS: From the East, take the 210 West and get off at Mountain Ave in Upland. Go north (right) on Mountain through San Antonio Heights until you reach Mt. Baldy Road. Go right on Mt. Baldy Rd. and take it all the way through the town of Mt. Baldy and turn right on Icehouse Canyon Road. Do not turn left at the junction toward the ski lifts! Immediately there will be a large parking lot on the left. Park here, then walk up to the solo picnic table near the port-o-pottys. We will meet here. From the West, take the 210 East and get off at Baseline Ave. Go west (left) on Baseline and turn right at Padua, which should be the next street. Go straight up Padua and turn right on Mt. Baldy Road. The directions are now the same as coming from the East.
No Plus 1’s. Each hiker must sign up on their own and agree to waiver.
A valid adventure pass must be displayed in your windshield to park in the parking lot. It can be purchased an most sporting goods stores, ranger stations or at REI. No adventure pass then park on Baldy Road just past Ice House Canyon road.
Bad weather cancels hike so please check comment area for notice.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING UP.
ORGANIZER(S) IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER/LEADER AND MAY NOT BE TRAINED TO HANDLE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. PLEASE CARRY YOUR OWN PERSONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL KIT WITH YOU DURING THE HIKE AS WELL AS THE 10 ESSENTIALS. HIKING IS AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITY THAT CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS INJURIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SLIP AND FALL INJURIES/FRACTURES, SNAKEBITES, TICKS, POISON OAK, HEAT STROKE/EXHAUSTION AND FROSTBITE. YOU AND YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO HANDLE THIS HIKE AND THAT YOU ARE APPROPRIATELY EQUIPPED.