Distance: 8 miles round trip Time: 5-6 hours including breaks
Net Elevation: 2600' (Climb starts at 5000' up to 7600')
Adventure Pass: Yes
Carpool: Back of lot at Arcadia REI. 214 N Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006. (South of 210 on Santa Anita)We will need to leave from REI no later than 7:15 a.m. and will not be able to wait. If not carpooling, allow extra time as the parking lot fills up and you may need to park on street and walk up.
Hiking Level: 6/10 (Intermediate Hike)
Challenges: Parts of the trail are narrow and exposed, scree, some steep sections, possibly weather. This is not a hike for beginners.
According to some information I plagiarized from somebody else's write-up, the name "Icehouse Canyon" originated in the 1860s when an ice plant in the lower canyon supplied ice to valley residents, and "the name is still fitting as frigid air often blows through the canyon..even on an early summer morning."
This trail is pretty, has great views, and although sometimes challenging, is a 'do-able' hike for most intermediate hikers without killing your entire day. (A day in the forest is never "killing" it, but you know what I mean--you'll be home before dark.) Plus, a 45 min. drive from the NE Los Angeles area, depending on traffic, makes this a relatively easy trip.
You will need---means you have no choice in the matter: 3 liters water, hat, sunscreen, boots or hiking shoes or trail runners (no tennis shoes), hiking poles highly recommended, sunscreen, and layers, layers, layers--don't know if I'd call the air frigid, exactly, but at this time of year--yeah, frigid is probably about right. Dig out the cold weather gear if you haven't already done so. Bring lunch or snacks as we will stop mid-way for a break.
Here's how you get there from the 210: Exit Base Line Rd. Turn left onto E. Baseline; turn right onto Padua Ave. Continue on Padua Ave. for about 2 miles until you get to the intersection of Padua and Mt. Baldy Rd. Turn right on Mt. Baldy Rd. and stay on it for about 8 miles. Turn right onto Ice House Canyon Rd. and you're there. Best option, don't listen to me, use your GPS. Hiking nerds, here are the co-ordinates: Lat:[masked]; Lon: [masked]