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Multi-Day backpack in Icehouse Canyon; 3 day/2 night; 2,800' Gain W/BONUS PEAKS!

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This will be a 2-night backpack trip to prep for longer multi-day trips coming up this summer.

Hike Leader: John A.

Distance (w/Bonus): 16.4

Difficulty: 6/10

Trail Description:
The hike starts on the Icehouse Canyon trail at 4900 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 1.2 miles to the Cedar Glen Campground. This is a less traveled single-track trail up to the campground. The Cedar Glen trail camp sits secluded in a bowl-shaped bench under Cedar, Pine and Fir. We will stop here and set up camp for the night.

On Saturday morning, we will pack up and continue on the Chapman Trail/Icehouse Canyon Trail another 3.2 miles to Icehouse Saddle, take a quick break and continue another mile to arrive at Kelly Camp; a large, open back-country campsite for our 2nd night.

This campsite is built on the ruins of an old resort, and many of the building's foundations are still visible.
Depending on the precipitation and time of year, there may be a small spring running to the west of the camp.

As a bonus, we have the option of a dayhike Saturday afternoon to bag Ontario and Bighorn Peaks (an additional 5.5 miles and 1,000' Gain). On Sunday, we will pack up and head down the Icehouse Canyon trail to the trailhead.

An adventure pass is required for trailhead parking.

Water should be available at both Cedar Glen and Kelly Camp (filter of boil 1st).

Note that there are no restroom facilities at either campsite. Bring a trowel.

What to bring:
REI has a comprehensive checklist of backpacking gear:

If you are not sure what to bring, ask!

What not to bring:
Dogs - the Chapman trail is a very rugged trail marked by a narrow trail-bed of sharp rocks and steep drop-offs. for this reason, dogs are not recommended.

Rain/Snow will NOT cancel but may change our route and make things more interesting. Check this meetup for updates.

As always, please feel free to ask any questions you have here on the meetup reply section so that others who have the same question can get the answers too.

The legal stuff...
The short version - You fall, you die, your fault! simple as that!
The long version (for you lawyer types)...
By signing up for this event, you are acknowledging that you are fully aware of the risks involve with this event. You also acknowledge that neither the
hike leader nor event coordinator is a professional hiker. You will not hold
either the hike leader nor any member of this group responsible for any liability or mishap cause by you. You are responsible for your own action and safety. (Blah, Blah, Blah...)