Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

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Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Baldy, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,314 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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 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.

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rocky
washed out
6 days ago

This hike is uphill almost from the get go and very rocky . It’s was a nice cold windy day so we loved it. The icehouse saddle was a good place to rest to continue the hike . Shade for most of the hike, it’s doable but only with hiking shoes and the poles really helps carry the load . I drank closer to my 2L of water but I think I should’ve had hydrated more . We took plenty of short breaks because it’s hard ! The views at the top are incredible , the clouds over the city and other peaks in the distance make you forget the struggle. The whole hike smells like pine trees :) and there’s a couple of fun caves . Lots of friendly people , very clean hike which made me happy . You must do cucamonga !

hiking
7 days ago

Great 12 mile hike, arrive early on weekends to get good parking

hiking
8 days ago

A strenuous trail, specially towards the end. But views at the top is all worth the mental and physical test. Once you cross the ice saddle the trail descends and lets you breathe a bit before the final climb, which is a real test in this complete journey.

hiking
13 days ago

Butt kicker because of the mileage but well worth it for the views!

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rocky
13 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Butt kicker

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful view at the peak! Check out a video I made to help guide you through the hike and let you know what to expect :) https://youtu.be/Hvsm2uQ5seQ

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bugs
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

exceptional place to walk.

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rocky
29 days ago

The trail was great but the last part was bad enough that I did not continue up to the summit. there are parts of this trail that are extremely dicey past the ridge. The trail becomes super narrow and I spent a lot of time hugging the wall of the trail. I lost my balance several times and was afraid I was going to fall of the side of the trail. There was a small part of the trail before the rocky outcrop that is essentially a prime spot to fall off the trail. It is extremely narrow and the dirt is prone to sliding (some fell off as I was walking on it). I had to jump over this part and hope that I wouldn't slide off the trail.I stopped at the rocky outcrop as my walking partner was way ahead of me and I didn't have alltrail on my phone. I got lost and did not see the rest of the trail. Apparently you have to go over the outcrop to the right to continue on the trail. I was too scared to continue on my own. I would love to do this trail again but it needs some serious maintenance. All in all yes it was hard but its duable.

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rocky
29 days ago

This trail instantly became one of my favorite hiking trails. It offers you a good test of your strength and endurance while not being too grueling. The switchbacks as I climbed up to Icehouse Saddle and the summit were the most challenging parts of the trail for me. The rest of trail is very well maintained with lots of shade and beautiful views of the Inland Empire. The views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking! I will definitely be doing this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

midnight sunrise Cucamonga Peak hike was perfect ideal condition today. No wind at the top and view was definitely amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Agree with other reviewers, this trail can be a challenge, but not grueling (e.g. not like the shorter, steeper ascent up Baldy). It’s about as pleasant as a 4000ft in climb in under 6miles can be. (Note that near the top, as you feel the trail incline smooth out, there’s one badly marked fork in the trail, I know of 2 different people who went the wrong way. There’s a big cairn, but an obscure post with markings is hard to make out...stay right towards the peak, even though it seems the lesser trail. A quick look at a map makes it clear) I’m familiar with the Icehouse trail, but it was beautiful today to see the new autumn foliage. This was our first time going on to Cucamonga peak. The view gets amazing almost immediately past Icehouse Saddle...you curve around the east side of Buckhorn Peak, with views of the Cajon Pass. But then you hit a little saddle and start switchbacks up the northwest side of Cucamonga...which means you get alternating views north towards the desert or southwest towards Orange County. From the top, great views of many peaks: Ontario and Baldy, of course, but also Gorgonio, San Jacinto. Catalina in one direction, Owens valley off in the haze in the other

hiking
1 month ago

Just completed an overnight hike to the peak and I do have to say it has been the most difficult hike I've been on (I am not in the best of shape like most hikers on that mountain) but I did make it to the top with some pushing thru. Like most other comments, the last part after Ice house canyon is more difficult but has awesome views. And the last turnoff right before the peak is poorly marked, looks like the marker had been torn down and there is only a wooden 4x4 that has Cucamonga etched into it and some rock forms at the turn out. Overall the views at the peak make it worth the struggle to get there.

Great hike, challenging but good views, not well marked towards the summit

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, the views are amazing!. Hiked on Tuesday, October 8,2019, the weather was perfect.

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rocky
1 month ago

I hiked last Sat Oct 5 with my wife and its our first time here. We arrived before Sunrise and trailhead parking was already busy. Great hike weather so people are out. Views are amazing from mile 1. Going down because of rocky areas, trekking poles really helped. We noticed a lot of people were camping. We would love to do that next time and hike more connected trails. Overall a great experience and the hikers we met were friendly. One weird thing: we encountered 3 huge dogs on a very narrow path about 1 mile going down from Cucamonga peak. No owner around and they were obviously dehydrated.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail with much to keep you entertained! This hike to the summit wasn’t as grueling as ski hut to Baldy Summit but it WAS more enjoyable. Great weather this time of year, parking is a bit overcrowded. People are friendly. Well maintained trail that we would do again!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Loved the hike and loved walking through ice house canyon, but the mileage on this hike seems to be off. My InReach put it at 14.1. Other than that, beautiful views and great scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Arrived at trailhead at 5:45AM. Headlamp wasn’t working so got started around 6:30AM. 47°. Rocky trail but not a scrambler. Loved hiking along the stream and seeing the cabins. Incline was pretty steep by the time I reached the switchbacks, but the footing smoothed out. Made it to the saddle by around 10:30. Saw no one on the way up. Sun was out but it was windy so it was still pretty chilly up there. Several folks came around the trail splits at the saddle. Hammock’d for a while and headed back down. Knees were spent and had an appt. to make in Redlands in the afternoon. About 2 hours to get back to trailhead, took it slow with lots of breaks and soaked in the beauty. Shedded layers heading down. Saw around 6-7 groups total all day. 73° back at trailhead. So thankful I brought hiking poles. Beautiful day!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome hike thank God I found this couple Amber and Ryan ! So I had some company, this hike takes all of you. Be prepared with enough water. Was a great day!

Sea of clouds....:D

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rocky
1 month ago

It was rainy and cloudy on my drive to the trailhead from Palm Springs, but luckily the weather cleared once I got to the trailhead. It was a nice climb to the top. It was windy and the views were blanketed by clouds, but the clouds were pretty. On the way down the clouds moved in closer and enveloped some of the trail; it was cool! 13.2 miles, 4,285 feet of elevation gain, moving time 5 hours, total time 5 hours and 45 minutes.

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