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 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
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4051 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Great day too have done this hike today. After Ice House crampons are definitely recommend since there is snow and the trails are more narrow. Unfortunately the Cucamonga Peak elevation sign was missing...but nonetheless still was a great hike and the weather as well.

backpacking
8 days ago

Hi guys, wanted to get a water report. Were there still streams running up halfway point?

hiking
9 days ago

Decided to hike this trail in the winter this time around and couldn't be happier with my decision. I have done this trail once over in July and had a difficult time enjoying it cause bugs >:( However, if you choose to do it in the winter, be prepared!! bring microspikes or the like because the trail does get narrow with exposed cliffs at certain points and the last thing you want is to slip on any potential ice. Use the Alltrails app to help guide you to the peak, it does get tricky to navigate the last .3 miles to the top especially in fresh snow. All in all, great hike with great scenery. The trail gradient doesn't get too steep so its nice on the knees. Save your knees people haha, check out my photos from the hike!

hiking
14 days ago

Made it to the end :) Beautiful views along the way. Some parts of the trail had ice, we just went through it very slowly but be prepared for that. Bring lots of water and snacks to keep up your energy.

14 days ago

So worth it, get there early as parking fills up quick. Enjoy the view!

hiking
20 days ago

Did not make it to the end. Trail had Ice, and slipped a couple of times. I will go back with spikes. But good workout and hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Always a great hike. Hiked it today and lots of ice and snow on parts of the trail above 7800' There had to have been 200 people on the trail with most stopping at the saddle. Never saw it that busy before. Without crampons I wouldn't recommend hiking to peak until it warms a little bit. Could be dangerous.

21 days ago

Just enough segments of icy snow, esp on the northern shaded side the last 1.5 miles, to make this tricky. Recommend poles at a minimum and use spikes if you have them on the descent. There’s a few places that if you slip off you’ll tumble a long ways. Otherwise beautiful trail as usual.

22 days ago

Nice but hard but I love it especially with the snow on floor

27 days ago

Awesome. Not too intense, very nice through Icehouse Canyon. Great views from the summit.

hiking
27 days ago

This was a good one. Very windy. Lost of snow as you approach the summit. The views were awesome. Spikes or crampons are a must. Saw many people turn around.

27 days ago

Hiked to the peak today. A lot of people on the trail. I wore microspikes and had no issues. There were a lot of people hiking without and the popular comment was "I wish I would have brought my microspikes. " Beautiful hike but very windy at the peak making it very cold. Definitely a layer day, warm in the sun and cold in the shaded areas.

Slightly over 12 miles logged to the summit from the parking lot. Loads of snow but good boots, trekking poles, and paying attention should get you to the summit in one piece ;)

1 month ago

Second time summiting via Icehouse Canyon and it was gorgeous as ever. A weeks worth of sun on recent snow made for an icy trail in the morning and slush by afternoon. Lent my microspikes to my sister, and I made it up and back just fine with my boots and poles. The NE side brought in a real cold wind, so be prepared with a shield! Great easy trail all around with a steady 4,000 elv. gain. The first mile has heavy foot traffic, but weeds out by the time you hit the saddle. Well marked, but the deep snow at the top had everyone cutting straight for the summit about the last quarter mile. My Garmin GPS has us at 12.14mi by the time we were back at our car in the TH parking lot. Remember your Annual Pass or get an Adventure Pass for your car, and please fill out the free day use permit at box at the start, the rangers check :)

hiking
1 month ago

This is not a 10.5 mile hike, it’s an 11.5 one. Between the loose rocks during the first 3 miles and snow/ice/slush during the next 3.5 miles to the summit, this was one of the hardest hikes I’ve done. Definitely make sure you have the proper footwear and hiking poles! The scenery is gorgeous at the summit, and the pain was definitely worth the sense of accomplishment!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike but it’s a tough one. Did it with my 13 year old son. His first big hike and he did great. Pictures and view at the top are worth it and the trail is scenic and beautiful.

1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike

1 month ago

Great hike and amazing views at the end. Climbs pretty steady with some steep sections, but nothing technical. From the parking lot it’s actually about 6.6 miles each way for a total over 13 miles. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes in the LA area

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a bit longer than 5 mi one way, more like 6 mi, but it is a great hike with amazing views. (Theres a really cool abandoned mineshaft on the way up on your right!)

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