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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

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Trail

11.4 mile 18.3 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,051' 1,235 m
Descent: -4,055' -1,236 m
High: 8,813' 2,686 m
Low: 5,022' 1,531 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 68% (34°)

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Trail shared by David Hill

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

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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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Sep 28, 2019
Sonia Puebla
Aug 31, 2019
Wayne Wu
11.5mi — 4h 55m
Aug 24, 2019
Meraki Ludus
Aug 18, 2019
Iris Castillo
Far better views than San Antonio has to offer and some of the best in the Gabes. Also, less trafficked than San Antonio. 13.3mi — 5h 32m
Aug 18, 2019
Diana Ngole
Trail was easy to follow/find. Pretty well traveled so even if you're a little disoriented you'll be fine. 11.4mi — 7h 00m
Aug 11, 2019
William Gunawan
Icehouse Etiwanda and Cucamonga peak and returned using the Chapman trail to icehouse — 8h 30m
Aug 10, 2019
Rob Luskey
11.8mi — 7h 16m
Aug 3, 2019
Sakthi Subramanian
Hiked with Anurag 11.4mi — 7h 00m

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 17 votes

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Photos

Panoramic view from Cucamonga Peak looking out towards San Gorgonio and the upper LA basin.
Feb 2, 2016 near Rancho…, CA
Keep an eye on the trail in this section - it's less clear on the way up, so if you're (understandably) distracted by the scenery, then you might find yourself off in the riverbed and not on the trail.
Apr 19, 2015 near San Ant…, CA
Spring colors are beautiful along the riverbed.  The different ecologies along this hike are one of its strongest features.
Apr 19, 2015 near Wrightwood, CA
Large group of scouts headed up for an overnight - very polite hikers!
Apr 19, 2015 near San Ant…, CA
On the ascent up Icehouse Canyon
Sep 28, 2018 near Wrightwood, CA
Big Horn Saddle on the way to Cucamonga Peak.  View to the northeast
Sep 28, 2018 near Rancho…, CA

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