Hike to Cedar Glen Campground in Icehouse Canyon
Solitude isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when hiking in Icehouse Canyon, but the hike to Cedar Glen Campground along the Chapman Trail actually brings some peace and quiet in this otherwise busy hiking destination. The 4.9-mile (out-and back) journey to Cedar Glen Camp climbs nearly 1,400 feet from the trailhead to the campground.
While you’ll definitely feel it, the trail is very evenly graded so it’s a steady climb from start to finish. The first mile of the trail weaves through the extremely popular Icehouse Canyon, the trailhead starting point for many well-known hikes in the area. Ruins of old cabins and the occasional small waterfall animate the trail as it follows the creek up the canyon. After one mile you’ll see a sign on the left marking the spur to Cedar Glen Camp, the Chapman Trail.
Almost immediately the crowds disappear, and you likely won’t see another human for the rest of the hike to the backcountry campground. Before long, the trail climbs out of the canyon and panoramic views of the San Gabriel Mountains appear. Telegraph Peak, part of the popular 3 T’s trail, looms above you as you continue towards the campground.
After following this trail for about 1.5 miles you’ll reach the campground, a shady grove of trees with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the solitude and some packed snacks before heading back down the same way you came.
Be sure to check weather and trail conditions before doing this hike—winter gear is necessary when snow is present and the trail is for experienced winter hikers only. Not recommended if snowy. Reminder that weather conditions can change rapidly, so be prepared. Trail begins at the Icehouse Canyon trailhead near Mount Baldy. Parking lot fills up early, so be prepared to park down the road or come during a less busy time of day. Adventure Pass required. Trail occasionally crosses into the Cucamonga Wilderness; fill out a permit at the trailhead and carry the yellow copy with you during your hike. Dog-friendly!
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