Cucamonga Peak Via Icehouse Canyon and Chapman Trail

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Cucamonga Peak Via Icehouse Canyon and Chapman Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Baldy, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4333 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

snow

no shade

To follow up on last weeks hike to the summit of Mt. Baldy, we decided to bag another peak. This time, Cucamonga Peak was the target. Located in the eastern front range of the San Gabriels, the peak offers unparalleled views of the Inland Empire. It’s a lot of fun to watch cars the size of ants zip around on the 210 freeway while the morning haze is burned down by the rising sun. We woke up around 3 AM and hit the trail at 4:45. We chose to take Icehouse Canyon to the Icehouse Saddle, and then follow Wilderness Crest Trail until we hit the peak. The trail was relatively quiet, but about 5 of us woke up to beat the projected 100 degree heat for the day.  On the way back down, we opted for Chapman trail, as a massive pack of hikers made their way up to the Icehouse Saddle. With the mostly single track trail in Icehouse Canyon, we preferred the extra 2 miles of Chapman trail instead of having to navigate people passes every 5 meters  Icehouse Canyon Trail is a special place, especially with the water flowing this time of year. We watched the sun come up from underneath the tree canopy just as we passed the last of the old deserted cabin foundations. Our timing couldn’t have been any more perfect. Just as the expected heat started to push through the air, we made our ascent into the the thin cool breezy air of the Icehouse Saddle. I highly recommend taking Wilderness Crest Trail close to sunrise. Looking east past the 15 freeway, beautiful views are in no short supply. It’s nice at other times of day as well, you just can’t match the colors of a desert sunrise. When we reached the top of Cucamonga Peak, we were greeted with a swirling cool breeze and the onset of the morning haze burnoff. We ate our lunch on the rock overhang and rested for about an hour before heading back. Training day/week 2 went better than we could have expected. Next week we’ll be pulling an overnighter on one of these San Gabriel Peaks…we just haven’t decided which one yet.