Explore the most popular views trails in Cucamonga Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The Hike: Completed on 7/15/18
Parking at the trailhead fills up quickly I was in the lot parked by 5:30 AM and many others were already there,with less than half the lot left. This hike is very tough be prepared. It starts off with a very rocky incline that follows a stream for about 1 mile. You travel about 2 miles or so until you are out of the rocky incline. Then there’s about 2 miles of some steep switchbacks that take you up to icehouse saddle.

Ice house saddle is a nice place to take a break as it is shaded, but beware there are tons and tons of mosquitoes, flies and other bugs that will not leave you alone. I didn’t bring bug spray and it was really annoying I just continued on to take a break elsewhere.

After icehouse saddle there are some beautiful views along the trail and it’s an up and down trail for about 1 mile before the toughest part of the hike. 1 mile before the summit are some really really steep switchbacks that get you huffing and puffing all the way up ! I summited at 830 AM and stayed at the summit enjoying my lunch and resting for 1 hour.

The way back down was a breeze only because I had trekking poles without them the decent would have really been horrible as it is very steep m, narrow, and loose gravel. I was back in the parking lot by 11:50 AM

All in all 3 hours up, 1 hour break at summit, and 2 hours down. 6 hours total trip time !

My favorite hike to frequent as a local from Claremont. Not sure if I would rate this trail as difficult. Moderate for sure. Only moderately difficult part IMO are the switchbacks nearing the saddle. Nice mix of shade and sun and makes for a lovely hike as it parallels the creek. Lots of Columbine wild flowers, manzanitas and pines.

Amazing trail for training. longer than Baldy, less crowded, more shade, what mire can you ask?

If you're looking at this route, you've probably already bagged these peaks. This is just stringing some of them together. Personally I like to park at Icehouse, go down to the village then climb San Antonio via Bear Canyon, eat a burger at the notch, then mop up Three T's. If you add Cucamonga to the mix, you'll top out at over 10000ft of gain for the day.

tough one, but so very worth it. I still dream about this hike. IronWill, CTAG

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10 days ago

I was there on Monday, 7/9 to get out of the heat and to complete a six pack peak.. Boy, was I not disappointed! Due to some clouds it was enough to shield the sun’s hot rays and made for a great summer climb. Best part is no traffic on trail!!

We started 415am and got back to the car around 1230-40pm

All around great hike and quite the challenge with this heat wave towards the end once onto the last mountain side (get ready for switchbacks).

The rest at the top was well deserved!

Great Hike! Note that the actual mileage as shown on the map is 8.9 miles

great hike, will make you work for it, but I think the finish line has much better views than Cucamonga peak, but that's just my opinion.
I can't figure out though it says its 12 miles but I used 3 different pedometers, 2 apps on my phone and 1 on my belt and 2 came up at 17 miles round trip from the ice house parking lot and 1 came in at 16 miles.
Anyone have any thoughts?
Anyway, a fun hike.

I actually prefer this hike to Cucamonga Peak because of the scenery and the views from the top as just as good. Trail is easy to follow. Took at break at the saddle and hung around Kelly Camp for a little bit, not sure why! About the same level and difficulty as Cucamonga.

Beautiful. Just buy your adventure pass and head there. You will not regret it.

Awesome hike! My favorite of the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks. The hike up was great. Challenging in certain areas and clearings that provides amazing views

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18 days ago

I'm just getting into hiking, training for a trip to the Italian Alps. This has been the most challenging for me thus far. The main reason is the constant incline up and rocks this trail has. I have asthma and had to take breathing breaks often. I'm sure part of that was the altitude. I made it 2 miles up. It's best to wear mid to high boots to protect your ankles. Coming down is hard on the knees. I zoomed down the mountain at a pretty fast pace though. The trail is very beautiful with the running springs and plenty of shade. I'd like to go back and try to reach the peak next time.

Challenging backpacking hike with fiancée, but a great view from the top.

Got a late start around 10:45am, there’s plenty of shade during the first 3/4 of the trail so the sun didn’t wear us out too bad. Pretty exposed on the last 1/4 so we went through more water than I would’ve thought. Finished around 6:45pm.

We had 25LB bags (we are training for Whitney) and we finished the full hike in 8 hours (5 hours up, 3 hours down). Local map said it takes 10 hours, but if you keep an upbeat pace, you can knock it out faster.

Overall, challenging hike with a great view. Probably a bit more enjoyable without a full pack :)

This was my first hike of the Six Pack of Peaks! It is definitely on the challenging end, but once you reach the Peak you'll realize it was all worth it! I definitely recommend it.

19 days ago

Don’t forget your water,walking sticks, snacks and a sweater, it gets pretty windy once you reach the top! And the view! Wow, just wow!! Must see!!

Semi annual hike to these peaks. A 5:30 am start saw few people on the trail up to Icehouse Saddle and none on the trail to Ontario. After a 20 minuet break on the peak others began showing up as I headed off to Bighorn. Another short break at Bighorn and I headed down the south ridge to Cucamonga saddle and back to Icehouse saddle and the trailhead. The main trail is getting more and more crowded each year as I probably passed more than 100 people, an early start is recommended if you want some solitude, at least on the way up.

on Timber Mountain

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23 days ago

Good hike. Warm at the start with a fair amount of non-biting bugs in Icehouse canyon. The breeze and shade higher up made for nice conditions near and above the saddle.

Cucamonga is an incredible trail. It feels a little dangerous sometimes but that just makes it better. It’s rocky and the views are fantastic. By the time you finish and you stand at the top you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. It’s mildly trafficked and it isn’t easy but it’s totally worth it. I took a nap at the top.

I love the hike, but it's extremely crowded on the weekends.

I’m typically a day hiker, but I decided to do this hike with a full pack so my dog and I could overnight at the peak. It was HARD with the pack, and took us an extra two hours to make it to the top. The last mile or so is very exposed and so we were stopping frequently to take breaks. Bring at least 3-4 liters of water if you don’t plan of filling up from the spring. Definitely a butt kicker, but oh man are the views awesome. The trail itself is pretty nice and I really love the spring in the first couple miles. Beautiful. It was running pretty strong in mid June. The last place to fill up on water is about halfway on the trail. Listen for some babbling water off to the right of the trail on your way up (left side if heading down). Definitely have a map and/or gps of some sort. Got a little turned around at one spot, and with such a difficult hike, you don’t really wanna be wandering the wrong direction for too long.

I love doing this trail. Have done all but 2 of the trails that break off of the Saddle. I'm getting dropped off at the Icehouse Trailhead and getting picked up at Little Creek Rd, this Sunday.

Less trafficked. Decent elevation gain of 4100 feet to Ontario Peak.

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1 month ago

I wanted to get my ass kicked by a hike. This one came through. Towards the top I could only take 20 steps and then rest for 30 seconds. WATER. i am the guy that seldom drinks water on a hike. I drained 4 bottles and on the way down wished that I didn't pour two bottles on that baby pine tree next to the trail.

Great hike! Absolutely beautiful especially if you hike on a day where you are above the clouds. Downhill though is a total bitch on the knees! Super steep on certain parts and the rocky terrain just puts your feet and knees in achy agony downhill. There are some sketchy parts where you gotta go slow in order no to slip and fall down that mountain but I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

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Been coming up this trail (and neighboring peaks) for years but this remains my firm favorite. Lots of interesting changes of scenery with elevation and that unveiling of the vista at the peak itself is always a stunning sight

This trail has it all. It is one of the best hikes in CA. Challenging, rewarding, and multiple excellent vistas. 10 out of 10.

Great all-around hike!!

tuff climb but totally doable! worth it for the view..don't be surprised if it becomes one of your favorite hikes!

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