Leaders: Wayne Norman, Erich Fickle
This was my &O& provisional lead. We had originally planned to climb Mt. Baldy from Manker Flats via Baldly Bowl. Unfortunately there was still too much snow for me to do this hike as an &O& trip, so we changed the trip to climb Timber Mountain instead. There were four people total, Erich & Luella Fickle, Bob Wafer and myself.
After picking up our permit we headed up Icehouse Canyon. This is a beautiful canyon with cabins and ruins of cabins along the lower part of the trail. We quickly moved up the canyon and in less than two hours were at Icehouse Saddle. From the saddle we headed north for about a mile until we reached the turn off for Timber Mountain. A short walk and we were on top. This day was a perfect example of the marine layer and how once you're above about 4000 feet it's blue skies and great weather, while the people down below are wondering if the clouds will ever clear up.
After lunch we headed down. At the junction of the trails to Timber and Telegraph we found a small survival type shelter made from tree bark, downed wood and some string to hold the sticks together. It was big enough for one person to spend the night in. We had no idea how long it was there but it was a fun find.
Special thanks to Erich Fickle for being my coleader and for his skill with a saw.