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.

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 ;)

6 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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.

10 days ago

Such a beautiful hike

19 days 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
21 days ago

One of the best hikes in the LA area

hiking
21 days 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!)

22 days ago

Awesome hike and very challenging

hiking
25 days ago

Probably the best view in the Inland Empire. The hike was a Challenging but, it was well worth it. The weather was cold but the sun kept us warm. Make sure you give yourself enough time for the return so you don’t come back without sunlight, can get pretty dark.

hiking
27 days ago

Challenging but definitely worth it. The crisp, clean air made me feel alive. This hike is rated so high for a reason.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail twice in 7 days in an attempt to get to the Peak. The first try was really tough, truly an intense leg workout, we started late at 8:30am. Clear skies with magnificent view of the mountains and trees. We had to turn around with 1.2 miles left to the peak. We calculated 3 hours for that 1.2 miles in and out. on top of the 7hours in and out from our stop point. We were not prepared to walk for 3 hours in the dark given the sun sets at 4:40pm. 2nd attempt: we were excited to go up again this familiar trail. Weather was a lot cooler than the previous week. the inclines are still very hard the second time around. When we got to the Icehouse canyon, the weather suddenly changed. extremely windy and cold with a little snow shower, possible rain. We could not proceed to the peak due to the weather. We went up Timber Mt. instead, still with awesome view of the clouds. We will come back next year when it's no longer cold and days are longer as this trail requires 10-11 hours to complete, more if you head down after sunset. Don't underestimate this trail, come prepared with lots of water, food, additional clothing, gloves.

hiking
1 month ago

this is a great hike. It is a challenging hike. If you take the shorter trail, it'll be a steady incline the whole way up. Its a killer leg workout. If you opt for the longer trail, it isn't a steady incline, but the trails are not as wide and you will need to do a little climbing, nothing crazy. When You reach the top, you have a bunch of different trails you can explore.

1 month ago

rocky & small switchbacks. beautiful views & chilly .

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Started early and finished by 1:30. My GPS says this trail is 12.5, so be prepared. The trail can get narrow in places, making it hard to pass, but it’s well maintained and well marked. Enjoyed the change in landscape coming out of the canyon and into the wilderness!

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable trail that can be hiked year round of the hikers are in shape and prepared for adverse weather conditions. Offers superb view and many spend the night at the peak. I’ve climbed was a nice night it 4 times and enjoyed each trip.


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2 months ago

It's a good hike. For 4000 feet of climbing, it really isn't too difficult of a climb. I did this in the beginning of November, so super windy and pretty cold up at the top, but still a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s beautiful! Lots of great scenery. Although it’s long it is VERY doable! I definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike. The trail is well-maintained and there is a cool mine to explore en route. Very nicely shaded for most of the trail, and breezy, this hike is pretty comfortable. It does feel pretty long at times though, because it isn't easy to see your progress up to the saddle. I also find that making it up to the Icehouse Saddle is doable, but I start to feel the altitude when pressing on to the summit.

On a clear day, though, you can see everything from the peak and it's absolutely beautiful.

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