Sheep Canyon 4AR IV

  • July 14, 2013 · 7:00 AM

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:

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.

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  • Running R.

    The 260ft headwall drop was very challenging. It was the most intense rope pull that I have ever done. Alden lead the way with Mika following. Mark helped me retrieve the rope hanging off the cliff. This canyon is very advanced and should not be tried unless you are experienced. Thanks for organizing Alden! Great group!

    You can see the video of this intense trip at:­

    July 17, 2013

  • \\Logan//

    No canyoneering camp photos? Aw, come on you guys

    July 14, 2013

    • ~*~MIKA E.

      U know we always have a ton of those.. lol

      July 15, 2013

  • ~*~MIKA E.

    Thanks for organizing Alden. Nice to meet you too Mark.. Fun & challenging canyon.. I'm glad that bush didn't let go.. HAHA..

    July 15, 2013

  • Running R.

    Here is Mark McCormick's pictures(excellent photographer):­

    I will try to get mine up in the next few days.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Beto

    going to Zion

    July 13, 2013

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    July 9, 2013

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