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Ice House Canyon to Baldy Notch via Timber, Telegraph and Thunder Peaks

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I AM PREPARED TO INCLUDE UP TO 20 QUALIFIED HIKERS. PUT YOURSELF ON THE WAITING LIST. If you have not hiked with me before, please send me a note with your recent hiking (or biking or running) experience. I will start to change reservations to "yes" by early next week.

NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This is a strenuous, 10-mile hike with a cumulative elevation gain of more than 4,000 feet, at altitudes above 7,000 feet most of the way, and three summits rising over 8,000 feet. From Telegraph Peak (8,985 feet) the view rivals the one from Mt. Baldy, which itself is part of the scenery once we climb out of Icehouse Canyon. Bring water and pack a lunch. Although there is some shade in the Canyon and in the trees along the mountain ridgelines, wear a hat and/or sunscreen. It is summer, solar radiation is stronger at higher altitudes, and we will be on the trail at least six hours. Once again, please do NOT join this group unless you have recently hiked 8 to 10 miles or more at elevations above 6,000 feet.

IMPORTANT: Bring $10 for the ski lift from Baldy Notch back down to the road. By taking the ski lift at the end of the hike, we shorten the descent and minimize wear and tear on our knees.

To reach the trailhead, take the 10 or the 210 freeway east from Los Angeles to Upland and exit at Mountain Avenue (NOT the Mountain Avenue exit in Monrovia 20 miles to the west) heading north toward the mountains. Follow Mountain Avenue to the intersection with Shinn Road, then veer left. Continue to Mt. Baldy Road, then veer right and follow Mt. Baldy Road for several miles up San Antonio Canyon past the village of Mt. Baldy and Manker Flats all the way to where road ends at the large parking lot for the ski lift to Baldy Notch. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park. We will take some of the cars and shuttle everyone to the trailhead at the base of Icehouse Canyon. Yes, I know that will take an extra 15 minutes, but it ensures that we have enough vehicles to complete the shuttle at the end of the hike.

The drive takes about an hour and 15 minutes from Los Angeles. Carpooling is recommended.

Plan to arrive at Baldy Notch ski lift parking lot between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m. We will shuttle to the trailhead, where there are restrooms, and be on the trail shortly thereafter.

Those coming from the LA Basin, or points north and south, are welcome to meet me at the parking lot for the tennis courts and soccer field near the southeast corner of Griffith Park -– on Riverside Drive 100 yards south of the intersection of Riverside and Los Feliz Blvd. To get there, exit from the I-5 at Los Feliz, proceed west to the first stop light, turn left (south) onto Riverside, and then left at the first driveway into the parking lot. Do NOT turn north from Los Feliz into Griffith Park. (If you cannot see the tennis courts and the soccer field immediately after you turn onto Riverside, you are going the wrong way.) Unfortunately, there is construction along Riverside Drive in front of the parking lot. Drive slowly once you make the turn onto Riverside and look carefully for a very narrow opening to the left into the parking lot through the construction barriers.

The carpool point meeting time is 7:00 a.m. Don't be late. We will leave without you to meet the rest of the group at Baldy Notch ski lift parking lot before 8:30 a.m.

My mobile number is[masked], but phone service in San Antonio Canyon is spotty at best. If you don't call me before 8 a.m., you probably won't reach me.

Since I limit the number of participants please do not RSVP "Yes" unless you mean it. There is no "Maybe" option.

Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.