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Hike the Three T’s Trail (2019)

The Three T’s Trail hike is one in every of the extra peaceable hikes in the Mt Baldy space. This loop hike starts at Icehouse Canyon, climbs to Icehouse Saddle, then hits Timber Mountain (elevation eight,303ft), Telegraph Peak (elevation 8,985ft), and Thunder Mountain (elevation eight,587ft), and then descends right down to Baldy Notch, Manker Flats, and again to Icehouse Canyon. It’s an extended hike, but a favourite for these avoiding crowds.

This can be a lengthy, robust hike. Don’t attempt it in case you haven’t executed long mountain hikes and should you don’t have a superb degree of fitness. Start very early to avoid the heat in summer time. Likewise, if there’s snow and ice on the route, don’t attempt it until you’ve got winter climbing and mountaineering expertise.

Getting to the Three T’s Trail

The hike starts and ends at the in style Icehouse Canyon Trailhead. Use this as the trailhead tackle: Ice Home Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759, USA.

You need a parking cross for the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead lot. I exploit the reasonably priced National Parks Cross, which gets me in each park, monument, and nationwide forest. You may as well use a (Southern California only) Adventure Move, or purchase a $5 day permit from the visitor’s middle.

Gear for the Three T’s Trail

This can be a backcountry hike and it is best to put together accordingly. It’s also a hike greatest left for occasions when there’s no snow or ice.

Telegraph Peak is a superb place for a lunch or snack break. It’s also possible to eat at the restaurant at Baldy Notch on the approach down.

Three T’s Trail Maps

These instructions are for a loop hike. It’s designed to allow you to absorb the great thing about the Three Tee’s Trail after which you’ve a nice long descent back to your automotive. The descent includes a street with automobiles for a bit. If you want to avoid the more developed portions of the hike, merely hike to Telegraph Peak and return the method you came.

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How Will You Navigate the Hike?

I recommend using a mixture of paper maps, GPS, and a information to navigate the hike. Earlier than the hike I will take a look at any guides, print out sections which might be useful or take notes, load a GPX monitor onto my GPS models, after which check out the paper maps. I know the path names, know what elements are exhausting, which elements are straightforward, and where the main landmarks are.

In case you are tempted to only use a smartphone, please don’t. You’ll typically unfastened cellular phone reception on the path. At the very least, print out a paper map and this information. Better yet, take a look at the navigation section on my gear picks page to see the newest and biggest that I’m utilizing. There’s even a special discount on GaiaGPS for HikingGuy users.

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Three T’s Trail 3d mapAfter climbing up to Icehouse Saddle, the Three Tee’s Trail follows the ridge line right down to Baldy Notch. From there it’s all downhill.three ts trail elevationThere’s lots of climbing on this hike. The toughest climb is the one to Telegraph Peak (in the middle).

Three T’s Trail Hike Directions

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Icehouse Canyon Trailhead parking lotThe hike starts at the end of the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead parking zone. Don’t overlook to show your parking move in your dashboard.Icehouse Canyon Trailhead bathroomsThe Icehouse Canyon Trailhead parking zone has loos. Not the prettiest however they work.trail signLook for this path signal at the begin of the path. You’ll be climbing to Ice House Saddle.permit boxEarlier than you hike, it is advisable fill out a free allow. The permits are situated in the small brown field between the mountaineering boards at the trailhead.permit boxFilling out the allow is fairly simple, just comply with directions. If there are not any types left, seize a serviette or piece of paper out of your automotive and do your greatest. You may also get extra permits at the visitor’s middle.permit boxDrop the white copy of the permit in the aspect of the box, and maintain the yellow copy on you till you’re accomplished with the hike.Icehouse Saddle trail The Icehouse Saddle path begins climbing alongside Icehouse Creek instantly.Icehouse Saddle trail Keep away from any small aspect trails to the proper that head right down to the creek.cabins on Icehouse Saddle trail There are some personal cabins down right here. Respect individuals’s property and keep on the path.ruins on Icehouse Saddle trail Hold your eyes open for previous ruins of cabins as properly.Chapman Trail junctionAbout 1 mile in you come to the Chapman Trail junction. Stay straight to Icehouse Saddle.trail signsThe path is properly marked with signs.border with the Cucamonga WildernessAt slightly below 2 miles in, you attain the border with the Cucamonga Wilderness. Just hold going straight. You’ll notice the scenery starts to vary around this point and feels extra alpine.switchbacksThe path starts to climb on a collection of switchbacks.switchbacksAvoid any small aspect trails and stay on the switchbacks. Straightforward to miss a turn if you’re working onerous and your head is down.mountain viewsDon’t overlook to turn around and absorb the mountain views. Even on this first part, you’ve climbed quite a bit.junction with the Chapman TrailUltimately you’ll reach the junction with the Chapman Trail. Hike to the right in the direction of Icehouse Saddle.Icehouse SaddleYou made it to Icehouse Saddle! This can be a massive trail junction and an awesome place to refuel.Three T's TrailThe Three T’s Trail is the onerous left once you attain the saddle. All of the trails listed here are properly marked.

If you wish to do some other great hikes from Icehouse Saddle, take a look at my directions for Cucamonga Peak and Ontario Peak.

Three T's TrailThe Three T’s Trail shortly starts climbing again. You’ll (hopefully) notice much less individuals after you start the Three T’s Trail.Three T's TrailHold your eyes open on the Three T’s Trail…deer on Three T's Trail…you may see some wildlife. On this present day I spotted a couple of groups of deer. On different days I’ve seen bighorn sheep.trail to Timber MountainThe spur to Timber Mountain is about 0.7 miles after Icehouse Saddle. Hike to the right up to Timber Mountain.trail to Timber MountainOnce more, the trails are pretty nicely marked right here.trail to Timber MountainThe path to Timber Mountain is small however straightforward to comply with.cris hazzard at the Timber Mountain summit signSeize you summit selfie at the Timber Mountain summit sign.Timber MountainThere’s a bit space a number of ft to the east of the summit with nice views. A superb place for a snack.Three T's Trail Head back right down to the Three T’s Trail and proceed.Three T's Trail You’ll begin to climb once again. Telegraph Peak is definitely previous this summit.Three T's Trail viewsThe views begin getting unimaginable right here. As you cross some small mountain saddles, your views to the east will begin opening up.false summitThere are numerous false summits as you climb towards Telegraph Peak.Three T's Trail climbThere was one part on the climb in some manzanita the place the trail lifeless ended on a cliff. If the path lifeless ends or will get harmful, flip around and head up, you in all probability missed a switchback. If it was a winter with loads of precipitation,this half could possibly be very overgrown and you’d in all probability benefit from long pants.Three T's Trail Head up the switchbacks on the Three T’s Trail.views of San GorgonioLook back and to the proper as you climb for views of San Gorgonio.Three T's TrailThere’s one other rocky section where it’s straightforward to unfastened the path. Once more, lookup and again for the switchback.Three T's TrailThe path is less defined on this stretch, however still seen. Simply hold your eyes open.Three T's TrailVirtually there! The timber get thinner as you climb towards Telegraph Peak.views of Mt BaldyQuickly you’ll start getting views of Mt Baldy in the distance.spur to the Telegraph Peak summitYou reach the spur to Telegraph Peak. There’s no sigh for it, just a sign for the Three T’s Trail. Make the proper to hike up the spur to the Telegraph Peak summit.spur to the Telegraph Peak summit.Here’s detail of the signal the place you hike right on the spur to the Telegraph Peak summit.spur to the Telegraph Peak summitThe spur to the Telegraph Peak summit is straightforward to comply with.Telegraph PeakHere you’re, Telegraph Peak. This summit is a superb place for a break and snack.Telegraph Peak viewsTelegraph Peak has good prominence, so that you’ll get nice 360 views, including Mt Baldy.Telegraph Peak summit registerIt’s also possible to signal the Telegraph Peak summit register.three t's trailOnce you’re carried out at the summit, head again right down to the path and make the proper.

If you want to avoid the more populated trails, you possibly can merely flip round right here and retrace your steps back to the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead. The rest of the hike directions here comply with a loop route back to the hike begin.

Three T's Trail descendsThe Three T’s Trail descends right down to the last saddle.Three T's Trail to Thunder MountainRight here’s the last little climb on the Three T’s Trail to Thunder Mountain. It’s not so dangerous.end of Three T's TrailYou’ve reached the finish of the Three T’s Trail! Make the proper at the end of the path. You’ll be in the Thunder Mountain ski space.trail in the Thunder Mountain ski areaProceed straight on the trail in the Thunder Mountain ski area.Thunder Mountain summitHike to the right at the fork to the Thunder Mountain summit.Thunder Mountain summitRight here’s the Thunder Mountain summit. Test it out and head again to the final fork.Thunder Mountain summitMake the exhausting proper back at the fork.dirt roadKeep away from the steep ski run to the left and maintain mountaineering on the filth street.dirt road to Baldy NotchThe street is straightforward to comply with. You’ll see Baldy Notch in the distance. Baldy Notch is where you’re going.hike to Baldy NotchThere’s a cut up. The signal says you’ll be able to go both method. To the right the street continues and is longer, to the proper you go down a (not too steep) ski run which is shorter. Select your poison and head to Baldy Notch.Baldy NotchYou’re at Baldy Notch. Here you possibly can ring the massive bell, get a chew to eat, or just proceed via. You’ve received options. Should you do need to eat, it’s all downhill from here, so be happy to gorge your self.Baldy NotchThe trail to continue down the mountain is by the ski rental joint.dirt roadHead down the filth street. This is the start of about 6 miles of descending. Take pleasure in it, you’ve earned liftYou’ll be able to take ski carry up to the notch if you wish to revisit.dirt road from Baldy NotchFor those who look down you’ll see the path winding down under you. You’ll be following this all the approach down.right turn on dirt roadWhenever you come to the first intersection, make the proper to proceed on the filth street.right turn on dirt roadAfter a while there’s a aspect street to the left that steeply heads right down to the ski raise parking space. Stay right on the more progressively descending street.dirt roadThe street is straightforward to comply with. Simply maintain taking place. You’ll see the small Ski Hut Trail coming in from the proper.waterfallIn the direction of the backside you’ll come to the falls.road at BaldyAt the falls, the street turns into paved.Manker FlatsAnd soon comes out to Manker Flats, the place there are porta-potties.Manker FlatsWhenever you come to Mt Baldy Street, make the right.Mt Baldy RoadThe last stretch of the hike follows Mt Baldy Street right down to the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead. The Manker Flats parking zone is often pretty full, because it’s the most important parking to hike Mt Baldy.Mt Baldy RoadMaintain an eye fixed open for visitors as you walk down Mt Baldy Street. Persist with the aspect with the large shoulder. Once I did this walk, a few dozen individuals requested if I wanted a journey, so if you want to skip mountaineering this part, you possibly can in all probability hitch. Icehouse Canyon TrailheadUltimately you’ll reach the junction with the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead. Make the left to finish the hikeIcehouse Canyon Trailhead parking lotRight here you’re, again at the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead parking zone. Hope you enjoyed the hike.

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