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Dells, California, United States

Ice House Canyon

7.9 mile trail near Dells, California

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 (5 votes, 3 reviews)
Length: 7.9 miles / 12.7 km
Duration: Full day
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Overview: Ice House Canyon is about 7.9 miles long and located near Dells, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day.

The Ice House Canyon is a popular day hike with a trail head just north of Mount Baldy Village.  The trail is not to strenuous, but if you are hiking in the winter, snow and Ice is a factor.  The saddle is the destination for most hikers and views of Mount Baldy and Ontario Peak can be seen. 

You will follow a stream for almost the first two miles of the hike. There are great little cabins along the way as well.

You will find about 2700 feet of elevation gain and if you if you stay on the trail, about 7.5 miles in length, out and back.

The trail also leads to several other trail, good backpacking and even to Mount Baldy.

Tips: During the winter, the trail can be covered with ice and snow.  Crampons should be used to avoid slipping on steep sections.

There is some great snow play areas when the snow is plentiful.

Cold or hot, bring plenty of water.

Points of Interest


Trail Head

A good place to start

Tha Saddle

Can be windy and cold.

Trail Markr


Trail Intersection

Be careful on the way down, easy to head the wrong way here

Snow slide chute

Cool example of a location where snow slide occur. Beware after heavy snow.

Coming up the canyon off trail

Great snow travel fun

Trail Cabins


Rest stop

Pictures in this guide taken by: scubaairpig
Loved this trail. Took the cedar glen route up to the saddle (notch) and then up to Kelly camp. Took the Ice House canyon trail down. I don't recommend cedar glen if you are skittish about heights or if it's very windy. It was 13 miles of heaven. Also, an Adventure pass and a free Cucamonga wilderness permit required. CW permit can be filled out at T.H. if they haven't run out. Lastly, avoid weekends. Try it and you'll find out why.
Visited on Sep 24, 2015

by shellback90 on Sep 26, 2015
Are we able to download gpx file from the guides now?
Visited on Oct 20, 2013

by fengyu on Oct 24, 2013
All you love about Southen California on this great hike. Trekking sticks recommended. Continues incline till you hit the saddle. Can be windy and cold, it was when we went.
Visited on May 26, 2012

by latnpnay on May 28, 2012

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