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
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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7 days 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!

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8 days 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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15 days 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.

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17 days ago

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

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19 days 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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20 days ago

This is a very scenic hike due to the creek bed flora and the sub alpine flora that you'll encounter near the summit. Lots of lightning damaged trees after Icehouse Saddle. The first 2 miles of the trail are quite enjoyable since you'll be hiking parallel to Icehouse Creek with Alders, Big Leaf Maples, and Cedars providing shade. Then you'll reach the first set of switchbacks that lead you up to Icehouse Saddle. Once you pass the saddle, you'll pass through a few small washes that have degraded the trail a bit. Just be careful because the washed out portions of the trail often have steep drop offs. You'll then start the last set of switchbacks that lead you to the summit. These are going to be a real butt kicker, but once you make it to the top, the view is worth it! You'll find Lodgepole pines scattered about on the summit. If you're lucky enough to do this hike on a Santa Ana wind event, you can actually see the ocean and the Catalina islands from the summit. Overall, it was an excellent strenuous hike that was quite enjoyable. Just watch your footing, hydrate, and eat a good meal and you'll be ok.

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