2015-06-20 09.12.40HIKE NAME: Icehouse Saddle via Icehouse Canyon

HIKE DATE: Wednesday, November 01, 2017

HIKE LEAD: Gaspar Marroquin

MEETING TIME: 8:00am – 8:15am
(Please be on time so we leave the meeting point promptly at 8:15am)
Return Approx: 2:00pm

HIKE LEVEL:  Level 6 – (Moderate strenuous, Good Uphill. No Beginners/Intermediate Hikers, No Kids, No Dogs)

HIKE PREREQUISITE: Must have completed at least a Level 4 or 5 LATH hike with no problem.2015-06-20 08.15.07

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HIKE LENGTH: 7 Miles (Roundtrip)

HIKE DURATION: 4.5 hours (approx.)

2015-06-20 10.23.41ELEVATION GAIN: 2600 ft.  gain with top Elevation of 7,580’

Subway (Same plaza and parking lot as the Vons)
550 East Baseline Rd.
Claremont, CA 91711

NOTE: We’ll be driving from Subway to the hike trail head at Icehouse Canyon. We can carpool from the meeting point.

PARKING PERMIT (REQUIRED): Adventure Pass Required. $5 Day Pass, or $30 annual Please get this ahead of time from a local Sports store like REI stores, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Sports Chalet and other retailers prior to the hike.  Please try to have this prior to the day of the hike. We recommend purchasing an annual pass ($30) and a second vehicle pass for an additional $5, which totals $35 for two annual passes. You may be able to purchase at visitor center, but it’s best to purchase this ahead of time.

2015-06-20 14.29.13HIKE WALKTHROUGH: The trail to the summit begins at the Icehouse Canyon trail head on Icehouse Canyon Road. The hike and trail tends to be have a lot of foot traffic, providing some nice shady canopy in places and views of old cabins and ruins. We start by going along side a beautiful sounding creek within Falling Rock Canyon.  The wooded area provides some a great beginning to the hike.  The terrain will have some rocky very quickly with defined trail as we go  towards Sheep Canyon. At this point, the hike will get more rocky and with more sun exposure, but some trees. We’ll take breaks along the way to make sure everyone is doing okay.  At this point we’ll keep going on the rocky terrain  passing Lost Creek and getting to Delker Canyon where we will begin some good, steady switchbacks that will get us to Icehouse Saddle. As we ascend, you’ll have clear magnificent views of the canyon behind us. Once we get to the Saddle, we’ll rest there and take our break. You’ll have a view of the other side of the saddle for another set of amazing views. We’ll then come back down along the same trail back to the trailhead.

2015-06-20 09.48.28WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 5 hikers. Read all the details.

REQUIREMENTS: WATER (at least 2  to 3 liters). Make sure to bring an additional bottle of electrolyte water, or tablets to add to a bottle of water. Comfortable hiking/sports shoes with good grip. Should you need any supplies from the grocery store, please arrive earlier to do so.

RECOMMENDED: Take some enough snacks & a lunch (trail mix, nuts, granola bars, fruits, etc.) Wear sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes. Windbreaker in case of high winds. Trekking poles or hiking sticks will help in uphill climbs.

DOG FRIENDLY?: No. Although they are allowed in the area, we are requesting NO Dogs on this hike.


1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.