Ice House Canyon Snow Camp

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Feb 27, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021

Wanted to practice some snow camping & conditions looked good for a weekend in the Angeles Natl Forest near Mt Baldy.

Much of the San Gabriels were inaccessible due to fire closures so choices were limited but looked like snow levels where decent above 7000 ft around the popular Ice House Canyon trail leading to nearby peaks.

Made the short hike up the popular canyon trail to arrive at the saddle by noon. Put on the microspikes to hike to the campsite which had just enough of a dry patch for my tent. Pitched tent then continued up to Ontario Peak for great views of Baldy and the E. side of the ridge.

Back down the ridge then continued up a short way to Bighorn Peak shortly before sunset. Night was chilly & windy but stayed pretty warm in the down quilt. A little too much work keeping it wrapped tight around my torso for my liking so will use a regular bag for these temps.

Stayed in tent till later than usual b/c it didn't want to warm up until past 9. Hiked back to saddle and made a quick trip up to Timber mntn peak before heading back and along the Chapman trail to reach the car by early afternoon.

DifficultyClass 1
Distance~15 miles
Highest ElevationOntarioPeak (~8660 ft)
JurisdictionAngeles National Forest
TrailheadIce House Canyon