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 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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1 day ago

Fist time Hiking/running this trail awesome views

2 days ago

tougher than expected but amazing hike. One of my favorites.

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5 days ago

Great first summit hike. Left the parking lot around 7am, shaded path majority of the way. Beautiful summit, bring more water than you need and a trekking pole for the brutal hike down. Worth it!

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9 days ago

Love this hike. Physically challenging both up and down! Scenery is lovely with a bit of everything from tall trees and rushing water in the canyon to stubby trees and brilliant sunshine on the mountain peak. Beautiful birds, cute chipmunks,and great views!

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11 days ago

The hike up was hike up was more challenging than Baldy via Devil's Backbone. All single trails no fire roads. We started 5am. Views were spectacular. Check out the video https://youtu.be/eogH3mb_8W4

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15 days ago

Went on the first Saturday of August and started the hike at 6:45am. We bought our adventure pass the day before at Big 5 Sporting Goods for the parking. When we arrived there at 6:30 we got the last parking spot. The weather was perfect for hiking. It was in the upper 60s in the morning and we were shaded most if the way up. Lots of people and congestion on the trail up until we reached the saddle. At the saddle you have 5 different trails to select from. Make sure you follow the sign that says Cucamonga Peak. The last 2 miles it opened up and we did not have any shade. It was not too hot though but glad we had sunscreen. You go downhill for a little bit before you start to incline again. The last mile seemed the steepest. The trail is very rocky & sketchy (narrow) in areas. So glad we had our trekking poles as it helped our knees going down. We about fell on the loose rocks & gravel several times so be careful descending. We drank 3 Liters of water and 1 bottle of Vitamin Water. If it was warmer out I could have easily drank 4 Liters. It ended up being about 70 degrees and sunny. It was a bit crowded at the peak but there is plenty if space up there to find a private spot on a rock to sit and take in the views. I would recommend doing this hike on a Sunday or a weekday during the summer. Stunning views throughout the hike and loved all the running water in the creek for the first mile.

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