What a beautiful trail but not very safe in the fall with snow. We started at 6:30am & made it the summit shortly before the storm came in. Conditions were dangerous on the way down. Heavy wind, snow & LOTS of ice. Our footprints turned icy & made it very difficult. Ran into a couple of other groups on our way down that decided to turn around because of the conditions. Due the weather & being extra cautious it took us 8.5 hours to complete.
11/14/16- about 12 miles and it took me 6.5 hours; finishing right before the sunset. Adventure pass required and self service permit for the trail is at the head of the trail. If there are no more permits, you can leave your info on a scratch paper and leave it in the box. I recommend to come on a weekday because of limited parking. If coming on a weekend come extra early in order to get parking. The trail after the saddle is very narrow, very rocky, and steep drop offs. Sometimes the trail looks like it dead ends but if you look beyond you'll see that it continues. I don't recommend to do this hike when there's snow. I also recommend using a gps to help track your route because there are no signs after the saddle and the trail does split. There is one sign when you're almost to the peak and that's it. At one point on the trail there is a cave/den that could belong to a bear or animal - be mindful when you're walking past it. As I walked passed it I didn't see anything inside but you never know.
Yes! Finally had a chance to go to Cucamonga Peak! The weather was perfect when we hiked this trail with beautiful autumn leaves everywhere and almost no wind! Having little wind is quite important for this trail since the single track trail after the saddle gets suuuper narrow with loose rocks and steep drop offs. Extreme wind can definitely make you lose your balance here (and you don't want that!!). The terrain is very rocky throughout most of the trail so watch your footing! The views are absolutely stunning at the peak and also throughout the trail. The parking lot was completely full when we got there around 8:30 AM but the trail was surprisingly not that crowded. I did see a few groups chilling near the cabins and the lower section of the trails so I'm assuming some people just come here to have a little picnic or enjoy a stroll through the woods.
Total miles for this hike was 12.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,219 ft. It's not an easy hike but is definitely do-able and I don't recall walking through super steep sections. My biggest struggle was probably dealing with all the loose rocks! It didn't help that I was wearing brand new hiking shoes but those rocks really mess with your footing....blister time!
Pit toilets are available at the parking lot. It's usually not that terrible (anything is better than the Chantry Flats restrooms!) but you may need to bring your own toilet paper. Permit is required for this hike and I have run into rangers checking permits on the Icehouse Canyon trail. The permit is free and can be found in the brown box near the map at the trailhead. Make sure you keep the yellow copy so you can show it to the ranger if they ask. Adventure pass is also required for your vehicle. Dogs are allowed on leash.
Gorgeous peaceful hike!! Do it!
Great fall/cool weather hike. The first part to Icehouse Saddle is wooded and there was a stream running. Despite the trail being very rocky in the beginning, it's a pleasant first half. The 2nd half from Icehouse Saddle to Cucamonga Peak is mostly exposed which has some spectacular views, but would not be pleasant in the least on a hot or sunny day. I was quite glad to have cloudys and be in the mid 60's, perfect for this grueling uphill hike to the peak. The views at the top are well worth it and there is a large open area with plenty of places to sit and eat lunch overlooking the towns below. Overall, the trail has very few ups and downs - you go up to the peak, you go down to the parking lot. Took us 4 hours to the top and 2 hours back down plus lunch and a break at Icehouse Saddle. Only saw a few other hikers on the trail. Highly recommend this hike on a cooler or cloudy day.
beautiful BEAUTIFUL hike. exactly what you'd expect from hiking a mountain. lots of beautiful trees and views. very difficult. I was kind of unprepared the first time I did it, but still made it to the top, and it was more than worth it
This has to be my favorite Peak so far and for very good reason. Although it's long and a butt kicker, the views are so worth it! The running water at the beginning of the trail is a plus and the first half of the hike is very shaded. Once you reach the saddle, the views begin. There is a cave once you pass the saddle that you could explore. Make sure to bring your flashlights if you would like to explore and please be careful with your head as I bumped mine and it hurt BAD! Anyway, you'll crawl into the cave and will be able to stand and walk around once you crawl ina couple of feet. Looks like it is from an abandoned mine. It leads to a drop off so beware. Remember to bring bug repellent as there are many mosquitos throughout the trail! Also, it is very important to check the forecast beforehand because the day I went and forgot to, there were high winds and it was low 40s. Got pretty intense and almost had to turn back.
While it is about 1,500 feet lower than it's neighbor, Mt Baldy, Cucamonga Peak offers *the* most wide-range and broad-reaching view of So Cal. (Baldy, Baden Powel, and even Ontario Peaks are all sort of stuck back into the mountains; Cucamonga Peak is out in front.)
I give this hike a "pretty" factor of a 7/10, but only because of the Sierra Nevadas. For local hikes, it's easily a 10/10.
The weather was PERFECT! A chilly 60 degrees at the trailhead at 8am and about 75 at the top at noon.
The internet site shows this hike as about 10 miles. I think it's more like 12 miles. And it's a rough 12 at times: a 4,000 climb in about 6 miles. It's brutal in places. If you're uncomfortable with heights there are parts of this trail that will make you woozy.
There are three "spines" on this trail. Spines are where the mountain drop off on both sides of the trail leaving it totally exposed where you can look out and down. (And when I mean, down, I mean steep-down...) The winds howl from both sides as they're forced though small valleys, up the sides of the mountain and over the spines. Walking across them almost feels like a tightrope of sorts, and you feel you could get blown off them if you're not careful. These part of the trails are my favorite because they're so tenuous.
This hike will always be one of my favorites. It's tough and that makes it that much more worth it.
First time to cucamonga peak staring in ice house trail head to ice Seattle was a easy going after you head to cucamonga peak got it be ready to really hike air group did 18.29 miles round trip from begins to end awesome view definitely a good experience and probably we will make it again total elevation feet 8897 ⛰