Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Awesome trail, was quite difficult for me as I am moderately out of shape. Nonetheless hiking this trail is a great way to get back in shape especially ascension towards the peak. We didn't get a chance to get to Cucamonga peak, got all the way up to Ice house saddle. From there the peak is 2.8 miles. Can't wait to get back up here next time!
great hike that leads to many other great peaks, gets super busy on weekends
Amazing hike but not for amateurs. Very steep with snow after the saddle. Parts of the trail were covered with snow so you had to either climb up snow or scramble in scree. Very rewarding views at the top.
If you want to do this as part of the "6 peaks of summer", you may want to wait a few weeks for the snow to melt.
gorgeous, very well marked trail. starts easy enough, meandering up icehouse canyon next to a babbling stream (even saw a dipper!), but really kicks in with a series of tough switchbacks on the way up to icehouse saddle. Saddle was windy, with lots of clouds/fog. Some snow en route to the second saddle, but the final ascent to the peak was still snowed in. Probably doable with crampons, or even boots with very deep treads.
Closer to 11 miles. Beautiful views on a clear day and a great workout otherwise. There are some cool mines you can crawl into during the summer months and they go pretty far back!
Excellent Hike. Some of the best views of the inland empire. There is still quite a bit of snow in some places, a smart hiker will bring some form of traction device. Crampons preferred for the last bit. This hike is not 10.5 miles, it is 11.8 miles according to my GPS.
Love this trail!