Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

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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 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
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4337 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 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.

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11 minutes ago

It was a very nice hike. Lots of people were going up at all hours. The weather was around 81 degrees, but it was not too bad for the first 2.1 miles. Most of the trail is covered in trees, so this makes the hike very pleasant for people who are hiking in the sunshine. After the 2 mile marker, people will see a sign that talks about the rules for climbing the mountain: DO NOT TREAD BEYOND HERE. There is no sun after this sign. If the weather is nice, push on, otherwise, turn back.

Great hike with scenic views, ample shading if you start early at 5:30am, strenuous uphill. One correction, though. According to our Garmin GPS watch, round trip hike from the permit station is 14.2 miles so plan accordingly! Bring at the bare minimum 2 liters of water as there are no refill stations outside of a secret fresh water spring that you may or may not find. Great hike!

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6 days ago

great conditioning hike. start early as it can get really crowded. don't forget to fill out the permit form at the beginning of the trailhead. national parks pass can be used in lieu of adventure pass. if venturing off to cucamonga peak, ~4L of water is suffice.

7 days ago

Nice hike...Make an early start!

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12 days ago

Can someone whose been on this trail recently give a water report? I've never done this trail before and since it will be a hot day this Saturday, I'd like to know if the streams are flowing. Can I fill up at the creeks listed on trail descriptions?

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12 days ago

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13 days ago

Wow! Very challenging! Great Hike!

14 days ago

Great hike! Started early, around 7am, so the weather was cooler to start, in the 70s. There's a nice tree canopy up to the saddle and the first part of the hike was along a stream. Very pleasant! The second part of the hike to Cacamunga peak was definitely harder that I anticipated. Especially descending at first then hiking back up to the peak. This was especially challenging on the way back. Luckily the hike from the saddle to the parking lot was gentler. Overall a good hike for a hot summer day in los angels. Would recommend to all.

14 days ago

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16 days ago

hard trail, but so worth it in the end with that spectacular view .

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19 days ago