This challenge includes some of the highest peaks in Southern California. The first 3.6 miles follows the Icehouse Canyon trail, which is a heavily trafficked route to Icehouse Saddle (34.2391, -117.5945). Ashley and I really enjoyed this hike to the summit of Cucamonga Peak, because of the spectacular views from the top of the peak and the old historical cabins in ice house canyon. For more information, see the park page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sbnf/alerts-notices Sunscreen recommended. This route is 12 miles (19.3 km) round trip, with 4,300 feet (1,300 m) of elevation gain. If this is yours or know anyone that lost it, please see the Ice House Canyon Trail Facebook page to contact me! Nevertheless, don't bother with a permit; I never saw a ranger. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. We hiked back down the next morning and saw the most beautiful sunrise. 98 reviews of Cucamonga Peak "Mt. For 2018, one of my hiking goals is to complete the So Cal Six Pack of Peak Challenge. Cucamonga is one of the famous six pack of peaks and gives us a bird’s eye view of California’s Inland Empire. I also didn’t have microspikes or picks that hikers do have since I am a novice hiker, but I did find a strong tree branch that had a spike at the end so I could just use that as I hiked. read more about your privacy and HikingGuy.com here. It is just as tough descending as it is ascending. All Rights Reserved, 20 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759, USA, hiking tricks and tips that I’ve learned over the years, what hiking gear works and what gear doesn’t, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Hikes, please erase and block them using your web browser. From here on it's a steep climb to the summit with numerous switchbacks. Under the right conditions, the Cucamonga Peak trail transcends what one expects from a local Los Angeles hike. On a hot summer day, I would opt to hike a different trail. Home; Calendar. Rest, regroup, then continue straight ahead on the trail to Cucamonga Peak. I saw fog move with the wind, making me think of Lord of the Rings and that song the dwarves sang, misty mountains cold. Carpool and get there early. Consider yourself a novice? Overall the view is beautiful and stunning cloud formation. It is the ultimate stairmaster from hell. Permits are required even for day hikes. The start of the Cucamonga Peak hike is located at the Icehouse Canyon parking lot, approximately 1-1.5 hours from the Greater Los Angeles area. I found myself gassed with feeling the new level of oxygen and how small it was. The footing to the summit was pretty good, and after hiking for more than 4 1/2 hours, I reached peak #3. I don’t have crazy lifting numbers BUT I am getting there for a 157 lb male who’s 5’6. Trust me, you’ll need it. This spur trail is heavily used and easy to follow. Parking : Parking lot at the trailhead. Hiking Cucamonga Peak Via Icehouse Canyon. If you go, be sure to bring lots of water, a ton of sunblock, and a truck load of patience. I would recommend two liters for this dry and often hot section of the trail. You can probably manage your way to the top without them but on the way back down expect a lot of slips and falls. San Antonio (Mt. Even though it’s only number two on the Six Pack of Peaks, it is not the easiest by far. With all this in mind, one can understand that I did have a rough time with me being new to hiking, my legs not conditioned well enough, and over preparing which literally weighed me down more. Hiking Safety: Trails in the Cucamonga Wilderness are recommended for the intermediate to expert hiker. Make sure that you condition your legs and do plenty of stretching, prior to taking this hiking. It is named after the 19th-century Mexican land grant, Rancho Cucamonga, that was below it. I was blown away by the prospect that a hike with scenery and solitude that matched the Sierra was within such close proximity of my doorstep. Post-Hike Tailgate Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon. Cucamonga Peakoffers amazing views over Southern California’s Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. The ranger station opens at 7am on weekends. Take trail 7W04 which goes southeast toward Cucamonga Peak. http://socalhiker.net/2010/06/cucamonga-peak-via-icehouse-canyon/. Hiking Trails. We wore microspikes for the ice and the wind. Beautiful scenery, but extremely strenuous. Location : San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino . Cucamonga Peak (8,859') is 2.4 miles up the trail going to the southeast. Continue past Mt. Day/overnight permits are now required for Cucamonga, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto wildernesses. Baldy is more popular, but all the hikers that went on this hike who have hiked Baldy think this hike is prettier. Peak Summited: 2020 Cucamonga Peak: Type of Hike: Day hike: Trailhead: Icehouse Canyon: Encountered: Wildflowers blooming: Hiking Companions: Hiked with a partner: Road Conditions: Road suitable for all vehicles: Bug Status: No bugs: Snow Conditions: Snow free : Trail Conditions: Trail in good condition: The hike was great! Peak Summited: 2020 Cucamonga Peak: Type of Hike: Day hike: Trailhead: Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail: Encountered: Fall foliage: Hiking Companions: Hiked with a partner Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views over Southern California's Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. Cucamonga Peak is said to be 8,859 ft tall with an elevation gain of 4,300 ft and 11.6 miles long. Would for sure use microspikes after the saddle. If you are up here on a clear day, you can easily pick out Mt. This section includes several switchbacks as you traverse the steep canyon walls toward the saddle. I used a camelback as well so I did have additional weight in total, that I may not have really needed. Very scenic trail. The Icehouse Canyon trail parallels Icehouse Creek. This hike from Icehouse Canyon is a strenuous 11.6 mile out-and-back route with 4,300 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859′. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. I packed a hoodie and a windbreaker, and put 3 water bottles and 6 oranges in my backpack. There is water available in Icehouse Canyon, but treat or filter before drinking. Mind your technique when descending. I use a GPS app tracker on my iPhone and measured it out to be 14.15 miles, with an elevation gain of 4,131 ft This was definitely a hike like none other I have attempted and by far my toughest climb. Well, it’ll suck, but may not suck as much if you are active and just starting to get into hiking. Summit views over the IE are great - the creek was a great place to stop and relax near the end. Month View; List View; Day View; Past Events; Map View; Photo View; Happy Trails. make sure you bring crampon with you. Five trails converge at this saddle. Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Finally, the top of it all was AMAZING and it was good. Please review the Forest Service's hiking safety tips before heading out on your trip. Watch your step. I don’t think it was too bad for a novice hiker). Yeah Don’t underestimate this hike. The most accessible trailhead for hiking to Cucamonga Peak is Icehouse Canyon (near Mount Baldy) because it is a paved road leading to the trailhead. Hiker’s Blog; Hike Reports; Donate – V.I.P. Started in Ice House Canyon and did a round trip of just over 13 miles. Definitely doable if you are a novice who does stay active, but tread carefully if you do try this and you’re new. Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 18.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Stats: Distance: 12 Miles Elevation Gain: 4,100' Duration: 6 to 7 hours… Meetup Hikes. If you are starting earlier, call the day before and they will pin your permit on the bulletin board outside. Trail has a muggle problem. It is within the Cucamonga Wilderness of the San Bernardino National Forest. It can be busy during the summer months and of course on weekends, although you do need to be in decent physical shape to hike to the top. From atop Cucamonga Peak you can see most of the better-known peaks in Southern California, including the distinctive saddleback mountains (Santiago and Modjeska peaks) in Orange County; Mt. This peak is often the end of a moderate out/back hike that is about 5.6 miles one-way. Can’t wait to do it again! The southeast side of Cucamonga Peak is a precipitous drop, with stunning views of the smog-choked Inland Empire. Just did this Saturday and I would say this is a fairly difficult hike. Trail to Cucamonga … It adds about 1 1/2 miles to Icehouse Saddle. Whitney or Half Dome. It did not disappoint . Micro spikes are highly recommended after snowfall. The ice is avoidable and doable on the way up but more treacherous on the way down. Trail Report 12/20/20: Once you get passed the saddle, there are a few icy spots and then the ice gets worse after the gap. I wore thermal clothes, shirt, down vest and down jacket, thermal pant and hiking pant. Take the 1st right onto Padua Ave and drive 1.8 miles. Located in the Cucamonga Wilderness of the San Bernardino National Forest, Cucamonga Peak sits in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cold and windy at the top, did not spend more than 15 minutes at the summit because of this. Watch out for black ice novice hikers, it’ll suck especially if you don’t have the right gear like me. In case there's a ranger at the saddle just do the Three T's trail instead. Ontario Peak (8,697') is 2.9 miles up the trail to the southwest. Parking fills up quickly. Could honestly say it was worth the pain and us jogging down the path to get back to the car so we will still have daylight (finished in 5 hours, 45 minutes. 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