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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

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Length


11.4 Miles 18.3 Kilometers


4,051' 1,235 m

Ascent

-4,055' -1,236 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

8,813' 2,686 m

High

5,022' 1,531 m

Low

Shared By David Hill

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Climb, climb, climb to the summit of Cucamonga Peak for great views of the surrounding area.

David Hill

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wilderness permits are required to enter the Cucamonga Wilderness, but are self-service at the trailhead. No campfires allowed in the Cucamonga Wilderness.

Overview

Enjoy an out-and-back hike to one of the popular peaks in the area.

Need to Know

Adventure Pass required to park at the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead.

Description

This hike begins at the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead just beyond Mt. Baldy Village. Permits are required, but are self-serve and available at the trailhead.

The Icehouse Canyon Trail #7W07A works its way into the canyon along Icehouse Creek. The parking lot at the trailhead is a decent size, but is not big enough to handle typical weekend use. An adventure pass is required to park in the area. If you are planning a weekend trip, I would recommend showing up early.

Icehouse Saddle makes a good place to rest before the second half of this hike. There are five separate trails that intersect at Icehouse Saddle, so make sure you find the right trail before moving on. You want to look for the Cucamonga Peak Trail #7W04 signage.

From the saddle to the peak is only 2.4 miles. The trail heads south until reaching the slopes of Cucamonga Peak. The north face of Cucamonga can hold snow much later in the year than other trails in the area. Depending on the trail conditions and season, microspikes may be required on the north face. At the high point on the trail, turn right on the Cucamonga Peak Spur and follow it 0.1 miles to the summit.

Once at the peak, you'll be rewarded with spanning views of the surrounding mountain ranges and, depending on air quality, the cities below. The return hike follows the same route back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, maple, alder and bigcone spruce are found at the lower part of the trip while Jeffrey, sugar and lodpole pines offer occasional shade on the higher slopes. Watch for columbines and scarlet monkeyflowers around the springs. Bighorn sheep can sometimes be seen when there aren't too many people around.

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Easy to find parking around 9am on a Monday morning. Almost 6 hrs with a handful of breaks in the beginning. Mostly easy to keep track of the trail. 12.9mi
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Edward Ruiz
Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Ruiz   Costa Mesa, CA
One of my favorite hikes in SoCal! Sep 21, 2017

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