Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views over Southern California's Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. This hike from Icehouse Canyon is a strenuous 10.5 mile out-and-back route with over 4,000 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859'. The north-facing slope holds snow much later in the season than other peaks. 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. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, and Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy). This is the second of six southern California summits in the 6-Pack of Peaks bundle. Done in sequence, they provide great training anyone preparing for bigger hikes such as Mt. Whitney or Half Dome. Each hike in the 6-Pack is progressively higher in altitude, and all have respectable distance and vertical elevation gain.
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.
Right to the peak. What a beautiful day! 10/01/2016 my wonderful birthday celebration !!
Very hard and very breathtaking at the top.... Unbelievable.... Strenuous hike the last 2.6 miles... But keep going till u make it... Take lots of water n snacks for energy ....
Dogs are allowed on this trail. It is not listed here.
Decent trail. Easy to get lost at the saddle.
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 ⛰
This was my fourth time this year up Icehouse Canyon and second time to Cucamonga Peak. The first time there was too much ice and snow beyond the Icehouse Saddle, so we went to Timber Peak instead. Second time, I took the Chapman Trail. It was cold and windy and the rain was coming. I made it about 1.5 miles past Cedar Glen and decided to turn back. The trail was narrow and I could see what was beyond a turn. The wind was about 25-30 miles an hour and I didn't want to chance getting blown off balance and falling down a very steep grade. Third time was a charm. Straight up Icehouse Canyon and to Cucamonga Peak. Number four was today. I hike with a hiking group that was completing the Six-Pack of Peaks today on Cucamonga Peak. (I completed that last Sunday by hiking San Jacinto) Today was to support their efforts and for me to settle a score with the Chapman Trail. Myself and two others started early (in the dark) completed the Chapman Trail and met the rest of our group at the saddle. They hiked up Icehouse Canyon. We then summited together. The Chapman Trail adds about three miles to the hike. So, we ended up with about 14.65 miles and 4273 feet in elevation gain. Over all today was a great hike. Weather was perfect. Upper 50's when we started and about 70 when we peaked. A word of advice though, if you decided to take the Chapman Trail, wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I was glad I did!
Fun moderate hike. Visible signs are straightforward and make it easier for beginners hikers to navigate to the top without GPS. Trail is well maintenanced
Be prepared to hang your Adventure Pass on your rearview mirror when you park and make sure to have a hiking permit. Rangers frequent the trail and will ask to see yours
Bring plenty of water, start early, and have lunch at the top. Enjoy the view!
This is a rough hike, the first few miles are easy leading up the saddle but become difficult once you reach the switchbacks leading to the peak. Make sure you come prepared with plenty of water and watch your step on the thinner parts of the trail. There are a few old mines a little past the saddle, one upper that goes in about 10 feet and the lower one that has a few tunnels with one that leads to an old mine shaft that collapsed. If you go in just be careful! Overall worth the view and the hike up, plan to do this many more times.
One of my favorite hikes. I'm very partial to any Mt. Baldy hikes since its local. This happens to be my favorite because there is a lot of shade on the trail. It's not really difficult...the trail is easy to follow and well maintained. It's great cardio. Winter is my favorite time to hike here. Just make sure you have spikes.
Recommend you avoid weekends here as it gets packed with day hikers. Went up on Wednesday at 6:00 am via Icehouse Canyon, hung out at the saddle eating a snack and talking to a couple of first time hikers. Great guys. Continued up to Cucamonga Peak and spent the night. Had the summit all to myself except for chipmunks and rattlesnakes (yes, saw a couple). You can not beat the views from the peak. Simply amazing. Pretty windy during the night, but tolerable. Woke up to an unbelievable sunrise and headed down the hill. On the center rock where the "Cucamonga" sign is, there is a small register and pens on a rock directly behind it if you are inclined to sign it. During first two miles on Icehouse Canyon trail, the gnats are on the attack. Recommend deet or mosquito netting. Bring at least three liters of water.