|Stone cabin ruins dating to the 19th century: Icehouse Canyon, California|
I've tried convincing my wife that we should move our family here, to these very stone cabin ruins in Icehouse Canyon, one of my favorite family-friendly hiking destinations in our local mountains, the San Gabriels. So far, however, she's steadfastly refused. She doesn't like that the place lacks glass windows — or a ceiling. She's so particular. I've countered we wouldn't have any outrageous air conditioning bills. We'd save some hard earned money! She's then counter-countered we'd have no protection from bears or mountain lions well known to inhabit, if not haunt, the mile-high wilderness area, the very canyon so named "Icehouse" because a hundred years ago, more or less, it was the premier supplier of ice for the burgeoning city of Los Angeles, thirty-five air miles to the southwest. She's got a point there. We'd have ice aplenty, and free air conditioning, but mama bears and menacing mountain lions might be too much for even our dependable exterminator to handle. All right, I guess we won't be moving (**sighs despondently**) into the ruins anytime soon.
Check out Icehouse Canyon in winter!
|USGS Topographic Map Quadrant of Icehouse Canyon|
& portions of the Cucamonga Wilderness