A long hike up wooded Icehouse canyon with beautiful views followed by a descent down Sheep Canyon and a technically challenging 260ft drop.
The crux of this canyon is the spectacular 260ft headwall that requires a multi-stage rappel. It is one of the more technically challenging rappels in Southern California.
There is a bit of a hike up with around 4k elevation gain to Ontario Peak. The views Baldy and the San Gabriel Valley are amazing from this vantage point.
Hiking time: 9 hours
Estimated hiking distance: 8.5 miles
Elevation gain: 3800 feet
Difficulties: Large 260ft headwall descent requiring three-stage rappel; much bouldering
Special equipment: Rappelling gear, two 60m ropes, 35ft webbing, 3 rappel rings, personal belay loops
ACA Rating: 4AR IV
Detailed beta on this canyon can be found here: http://www.dankat.com/advents/sheepc.htm
This canyon is for experienced canyoneers only. Please have at least one "4" canyon under your belt and be proficient in down-climbing, locking of, setting up anchors, rigging etc.
You are fully responsible for your safety at all times.
Bring 3-4 litres of water, lunch and snacks in addition to all the regular technical canyoneering gear. A personal anchor device is mandatory for this trip.
The trailhead for this hike is the Icehouse Canyon parking area [masked] N[masked] W, elevation 4990ft), 1.5mi north of Mount Baldy Village in San Antonio Canyon. The access road to this parking area proceeds straight on at a fork where the road that continues up to the ski lift makes a sharp left turn.