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Amazing hike! Like the others - it was definitely tough (made harder by hauling up a pack) and totally worth it. You really get the bang for your buck on this hike - every part is beautiful. We started later than we had initially wanted (4pm) and got to the summit in 3.5 hours. Since we came that late in the day there was plenty of parking in the lot.

There is a stream a couple miles in that comes right out of the side of the mountain that many folks filled their water at - had I known I would have carried less water the first couple miles and filled up there to make better time (I think it's about 2 miles in?). When we got to the summit there were about 10 other tents scattered around. We were still able to get a spectacular spot overlooking the valley and although we were camped among a bunch of other folks, it still felt pretty remote. I would definitely do this hike again. I don't normally hike with trekking poles (I wear patellar supports), but am considering purchasing some as the downhill was a bit intense with a pack.

Fun hike.... Holy Fire was really affecting the air quaility, made it a little bit harder.... last mile is killer. Met an awesome group of hikers at the summit as well

love it up here. be advised, 2 bear sightings a mile apart. 8-5-2018. 10:30pm Mt baldy Rd. first was at the Mt baldy rest area.


August 8, 2018

wish I could post a picture. looks horrible. the lake Elsinore area fire has peaks covered in smoke. check out 10064ft.com cam footage.

Awesome hike! Started at sunrise to beat some of the heat. The parking lot was already 3/4th full. Get there early! Loved the trail and the sound of the wind through the trees. I recommend Trekking Poles especially for parts going down hill. Parts are rocky and have some loose gravel. If you are steady on your feet you will be fine. Take lots of water and suncreen. Awesome views at the top! I will hike this again!

Good tough hike, just make sure to bring poles. Most importantly, save your water for your way down, the temperature at the summit is much cooler and shaded compared to below Icehouse Saddle.

Comment on descending the Chapman trail: it was longer, narrower (above the camp site), at times washed out and a little sketchy, and with steeper sections than the main icehouse trail. Chapman was nicest below the camp site located about half a mile from its origin from icehouse. Was it worth less crowds? I was hot, tired, and the sharp rocky sections hurt my feet, so no for me.

Very challenging, I felt it was harder than Baldy, but it could have just been my mood that day. Dont forget your hiking poles for this be one and expect a full day. Start early as usual, but generally low traffic as compared to Baldy.

I loved this hike. I do some pretty brutal hikes this one is a good one! I will be going again. I suggest a good amout of fluids to keep hydrated and sunblock. I did go on a very warm day but the temps up there were significantly lower than down at the ground level and the breeze through the mountains was perfect!

What an amazing, day. We completed and hiked Mt. Baldy’s Icehouse Canyon to ‘Cucamonga Peak’ at 8859ft in 6hrs. I love hiking with my friends. Let’s hike another, one. This was an amazing up coming Bday, with a hike. Now, Let’s eat... ❤️

I second what J P said about the bees! I highly recommend long pants or at least a jacket to cover up with when walking through the very narrow stretches of trail with manzanita bushes on both sides swarming with bees. I’m glad I had a windbreaker to use as a shield. If not from the bees, at least from the very thorny bushes that will be rubbing all over your legs. Bring plenty of water. It’s plenty exposed and very hot in the sun.

Hiked to Ontario Peak on July 24th. Beautiful hike and I had the summit all to myself. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t stung by any bees! There are a lot of flowering bushes that you have to squeeze by on this hike and they were all buzzing with bees. Hm... I’m either lucky or the bees just aren’t aggressive or easily threatened. The gnats were annoying at times too. My bug spray didn’t seem to keep them from buzzing right in my face and ears. All in all, I’d do this hike again. I liked it more than Wilson and cucamonga. Views from the ridge line are stellar.

Great trail. Been on it 2 times since living in the Los Angeles basin. This trail is not intended for the weak hearted. Lots of cardio going up so pack light doing a dayhike. Once you reach Icehouse Saddle, you have an option to hike the three "T's" on the left, or hike up towards the right either to Kelly Camp towards two of the peaks which I forgot the names of or to Cucamonga Peak and/or Etiwanda Peak. On the weekends, get at the parking lot early before the sun comes up because parking gets full quick. Have fun & be safe.

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.

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

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1 month 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

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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1 month 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.

1 month 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!!

on Timber Mountain

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1 month 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.

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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.

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