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June Mountain Hike: 3Ts via IceHouse Canyon (Intermediate Plus-Adv w/Mt.Baldy)

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THIS IS NOT INTRODUCTION TO HIKING (not for Beginners or Occasional Hikers) The 2nd Mountains Hike in the prep series for Mt. San Gorgonio Labor Day. Know your limits! Icehouse Canyon is a nice trail for Intermediate Hikers those like to try mountain trails for a change. The hike requires a group Wilderness Permit, only sign up if you mean to join PLEASE! Hope we can get some photos similar to larrygerbrandt online of San Antonio Falls. Since Krai can make it, he'll take an advanced hike top Mt. Baldy after the 3Ts, so if you are ready to join him. See more info below!

ABOUT THE HIKE:

Highlights: Splendid high country, wilderness, natural springs along Icehouse Canyon trail, waterfalls and breathtaking peak with a 360-degree view
Near: Mt Baldy, CA
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous fit Intermediate Plus Hikers
Distance: 13+ miles (1 more mile for San Antonio Falls)
Duration: at least 5 to 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 4900+ft
Adventure Pass: Required!

GOOD TO KNOW & Essentials: 10 Hiking Essentials http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234 and the most: Wear good traction shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring plenty water and snacks or a light lunch!

DEPARTURE TIME

•6:45-7:00 AM meet at trailhead and drop off car for shuttle

•7:15 AM start hiking

DISTANCE

Hike 1: Out and back 7.2 miles RT with 2,600 feet of vertical gain for intermediate hikers who plan to hike to Icehouse Saddle. About 3-5 hours with a break for lunch.Please indicate when RSVP if you will hike Icehouse Canyon only and you'll return back with or without anyone taking that route, as the main group will do the loop.

Hike 2: Loop 13+ miles RT, 4900+ft elevation gain to 3Ts: Timber, Telegraph and Thunder Mountains (loop back via Baldy Notch and down to Manker Flats) and optional San Antonio Falls

HIKE 3: JOIN KRAI AND TOP THE 4 PEAK: MT. BALDY (a dream hike and challenge for many Hikers) via Devil's Backbone and down Ski Hut to Manker Flats. This is Advanced Hike for distance, elevation and altitude. You will reach 10400+ft up to 20+ miles, 5500+ft elevation gain and very steep down! Know your limit!

Historic Icehouse Canyon is one of favorite places to hike. The scenery is stunning. Precipitous canyon walls rise steeply into the blue sky. Soaring peaks and ridges contour the skyline. Huge boulders dot the canyon bottom. A year-around creek provides a delightful soundtrack. Majestic fir, pine, and cedar reach to the sky while alder, oak and sycamore fill out a shady canopy in places. Snow can linger in shadowy recesses long into the spring and early summer. Old cabins and cabin ruins sprinkled along the lower canyon remind hikers of a simpler yesteryear.

3Ts Mountains: 13 miles RT loop, Telegraph Peak (8985') stands as the crowning glory of the celebrated Three T's, with Thunder Mountain (8587') to its north, and Timber Mountain (8303') to its south. This trio of peaks rests along the ridge southeast of Mt. Baldy and south of Baldy Notch and treats you to some of the most superb high country in the San Gabriels Mountains The hike begins in Icehouse Canyon, the hikers' gateway to the eastern high country and the Cucamonga Wilderness. Its broad, V shaped portal leads east from San Antonio Canyon, 10 miles north of Mt. Baldy Village, and climbs 2600' to Icehouse Saddle, a prominent gap on the great Telegraph Ontario Ridge. The saddle is a major trail junction, with routes leading in four directions. From the saddle we'll follow the trail up to first Timber Mountain, coming back down to Telegraph: Spectacular 360-degree view, far better than Thunder. To the east, San Gorgonio (10,499) and San Jancinto (10,804) majestically rose above the haze, 46 and 62 miles away. To the south, beyond Cucamonga Peak, rose Saddleback (Modjeska Pk. 5496 and Santiogo Pk. 5687) 40 miles away. Looking north, we could clearly see the trail coming up from Stockton Flat to Baldy Notch. We can have lunch here or finish our roller coaster with Thunder Peak, then rest and coming back down Manker Flats via Ski lift trail and stop by San Antonio Falls or those who like to take it easy, take the ski lift down (save 3.6 miles)

DIRECTIONS: Carpooling is recommended as this is a heavy usage trail, and a National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking.

CARPOOL LOCATION: we will leave the Park and Ride at 5:45AM More info for Orange Park and Ride: http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9270810 ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street

Driving Direction to the trailhead: Take the 60, 10 or 210 take exit 52 toward Baseline Rd, turn left to E. Baseline Rd in Upland/Ontario. Exit and travel North (towards the mountains - you can't miss them.) Take a first right into Padua Ave, slight right on this road until you come to Mt. Baldy road. You need to turn right and follow this road past the Baldy Trout Ponds, until you see a sign for Icehouse Canyon Road, you continue straight, even though it is a right turn off the main road. Park in a large parking lot.

REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***