ICEHOUSE CANYON, SAN GABRIEL MTS JUNE 2008 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




The trail to Icehouse Saddle begins at a parking area 1.5 miles beyond Baldy Village and can be done either as a straight out-and-back or as a loop. To do the loop, after passing a series of private cabins, you take the Chapman trail to the left which zig zags up over the mountain's rocky shoulders to Cedar Glen and finally to a junction with the main trail about 5 miles from the start. From there it's another half mile to Icehouse Saddle. Returning down the main trail, it is 4 miles back to the parking area. Icehouse Saddle is quite a trail junction, with trails going off in one direction to Timber Mt, Telegraph Peak and Baldy Notch, in another to Ontario Peak, in a third to Cucamonga Peak, and in a fourth down the Middle Fork Trail to Lytle Creek. I don't know any other place in the San Gabriels where you can take five different trails from a single location. Icehouse Saddle is a lovely shady place to have lunch before continuing in whatever direction you choose.


   
Grant's woodland-gilia
Gilia aplendens ssp. grantii
Scrophulariaceae


 
 
Columbine
Aquilegia formosa
Ranunculaceae
Grinnell's penstemon
Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii
Scrophulariaceae
 


 
 
Longstalk phacelia
Phacelia longipes
Hydrophyllaceae
 
Scarlet monkeyflower
Mimulus cardinalis
Scrophulariaceae
Arched elegant rock-cress
Arabis sparsiflora var. arcuata
Brassicaceae
   


 
 
Curl-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius
Rosaceae
 
 
Mountain sticky cinquefoil
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa
Rosaceae
Smoothleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Hydrophyllaceae
   
Clasping-leaved caulanthus
Caulanthus amplexicaulis var. amplexicaulis
Brassicaceae
Chaparral whitethorn
Ceanothus leucodermis
Rhamnaceae


 
Rock buckwheat
Eriogonum saxatile
Polygonaceae
 
Leafy daisy
Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus
Asteraceae


   
Branching phacelia
Phacelia ramosissima var. latifolia
Hydrophyllaceae
 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae
 
Hoary nettle
Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea
Urticaceae


 
 
Elk clover
Aralia californica
Araliaceae
Purple nightshade
Solanum xanti
Solanaceae
 


 
 
Whispering bells
Emmenanthe penduliflora var.
penduliflora

Hydrophyllaceae
 
 
Southern mountain phacelia
Phacelia sutromontana
Hydrophyllaceae
California wild buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
Polygonaceae
   
Flannelbush
Fremontodendron californicum
Sterculiaceae
San Bernardino mountain onion
Allium monticola
Alliaceae