Back to index Pony Express Trail from Ice House to Kyburz
Trip Date:  01/21/2015

: 9.2 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1150'

Group Size: 4

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Pony Express Ice House route
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Pony Express Ice House Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 47.101, W 120 25.199     End Coordinates:   N 38 45.925, W 120 19.244
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Ice House Road.  Turn north and follow the road a couple of miles to the parking area at the Weber Mill Road gate.   A second car should be parked on a dirt side area along Highway 50 at the coordinates, just on the west side of the small town of Kyburz.  Across the road from this point is a marker for Tract 31.
Hazards of Note:   Tics, Snakes, hot temperatures in the summer with significant exposure to sun during long stretches of the hike.. Crowd Factor:   Very limited.  In the summer this gate is open and you may have some vehicles along the way, but this is not a very crowded section of the pony express trail.
General Notes:
From the parking area, walk past the green gate and head down the road.  The trail goes down gradually at first, and then for much of the next couple of miles it will have a constant gradual incline to it.  The entire trail is a wide dirt road, and is easy to follow.  Near the very end there is a small signpost on the left indicating the continuation of the Pony Express trail on a single-track trail toward Sugarloaf, but stay on the road to the right and wind down to Highway 50 and the vehicle(s) parked at the pickup location.

Two of our group checking their GPSs at the Weber Mill gate, our initial parking area. At the trailhead
Looking across Highway 50 at the old flume route bringing water down the mountain. Across highway 50
Hiking along a very typical part of the trail.  This is a good trail for group outing as there is lots of room for multiple across as you go. Typical trail
Once it starts to rise the trail isn't terribly steep, but it is a constant uphill climb. Starting to climb
Checking out some of the Pony Express (XP) trail markers along the way. Pony Express markers
At one point a C5 from Travis Air Force Base went gliding on past us, close enough to read the base name on the tail. C5 C5
During the last couple of miles we crossed through a couple of areas which were destroyed by recent forest fires.
Fire damage
You can extend this hike toward Sugarloaf Mountain by taking this single-track road up from the main trail, but we were near the end and continued on the wider path. Pony Express trail junction
Good view of the newer flume from the watersheds up the mountain down below, with the old flume route still visible higher up. Old and New Flume
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike