The 2nd peak in the Spring Mountains training series. We skip Mt Wilson as the first mountain in the series until later when Chantry Flat reopens.
This hike usually offers one or twice a year during the Summer as a training hike to the peaks; besides the nice scenic, it is best as a workout that is for fit regular conditioning hikers.
Reports show SNOW on the trail from ICEHOUSE SADDLE TO THE PEAK, so those who plan to hike Cucamonga Peak, you will need MICROSPIKES! We will have it again later in the Summer when the trail is clear of snow.
Yet, for those who are first time to this trail and prefer a shorter distance and less elevation gain, the hike will be to the saddle and back.
Trailhead time: 7 AM
Hiking time: 7:10 AM
General Rating/Difficulty: Level 2+, moderate to strenuous, for distance, elevation and speed; Click RATING TABLE to read more about difficulty levels http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous, fit Regular Conditioning Hikers
Distance: 7 – 12 miles
Duration: 3 to 5+ hours
Elevation Gain: 2600+ to 3900ft
Adventure Pass: Required!
GOOD TO KNOW & Essentials: 10 hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234), wear hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring water, snacks and a light lunch.
ABOUT THE HIKE:
Highlights: Splendid high country, wilderness, natural springs along Icehouse Canyon trail, waterfalls and breathtaking peak with a 360-degree view. Near: Mt Baldy, CA
Icehouse Saddle: 3+ hours, 7 miles, 2640ft gain
Cucamonga Peak: 5+hours, 12 miles, 3860ft gain
Terrain and Altitude will apply to this hike: dirt, gravel, loose rocks and crossing stream, going from 4960ft to 7580ft (Icehouse Saddle) or to 8859ft to Cucamonga Peak!
Cucamonga Peak Trail Map: LINK (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=26539&actid=50)
Cucamonga Peak Trail Weather: LINK (http://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?pands=cucamonga+peak+trail%2Ccalifornia)
Historic Icehouse Canyon is one of favorite places to hike. The scenery is stunning. Precipitous canyon walls rise steeply into the blue sky. Soaring peaks and ridges contour the skyline. Huge boulders dot the canyon bottom. A year-around creek provides a delightful soundtrack. Majestic fir, pine, and cedar reach to the sky while alder, oak and sycamore fill out a shady canopy in places. Snow can linger in shadowy recesses long into the spring and early summer. Old cabins and cabin ruins sprinkled along the lower canyon remind hikers of a simpler yesteryear.
At an elevation of 8,859 feet, Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views of the inland empire, yet the trail up gives you the true wilderness experience. This hike has been described as “one of the very best hikes and peaks in the San Gabriel’s.” Most of the trail lies within the Cucamonga Wilderness — 12,781 acres of pristine high country dominated by 8,000-foot peaks, deep canyons, and rich conifer forest.
Photos from previous times
***Oct 2018 photos https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/29389650/475821765/
***May 2018 photos (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=28873709)
***June 2017 photos (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27957679)
***June 2016 photos (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27027099/)
***June 2012 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/8945072/128388772/)
***June 2011 photos (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/1777571/31814761/)
Driving Direction to the trailhead: Take the 60, 10 or 210 take exit 52 toward Baseline Rd, turn left to E. Baseline Rd in Upland/Ontario. Exit and travel North (towards the mountains – you can’t miss them.) Park in a large parking lot or on the streets.
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