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Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

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Cucamonga Wilderness

Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount 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.

Length 11.6 mi Elevation gain 4,314 ft 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 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.

My full Cucamonga Peak trip report on SoCal Hiker http://socalhiker.net/2010/06/cucamonga-peak-via-icehouse-canyon/

Permits are required even for day hikes. Call ahead to the Baldy Village Ranger Station (909-982-2829) the day before and ask them to post it on the bulletin board. A National Parks Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. Parking fills up quickly. Carpool and get there early. There is water available in Icehouse Canyon, but treat or filter before drinking. The second half of the trail is dry. I would recommend two liters for this dry and often hot section of the trail. The second half of the trail is steep, dry and exposed. On a hot summer day, I would opt to hike a different trail.

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Lisa H
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HikingRocky

Fabulous trail. Great workout but doable, not too long, not too short. Scenery and personality of the trail changes throughout—gorgeous river crossings, talus fields, switchback slogs like Baden Powell, and even a v short 1/10 of a mile steep push to the summit a la Baldy Bowl. Did it wo poles but boots are a necessity—not for traction as much as the rocks, which are plentiful all the way up. Six out of five stars

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Edward M
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BackpackingGreat!

This was our first backpacking trip to a peak, and our second backpacking trip overall. (Yes. It was tough.) Going to make this detailed because of the lack of reviews of backpacking at the peak. Mainly for new backpackers like us. CAMPABLE? Yes. Very camp-able with flat ground at the peak. (And only at the peak. Don't settle for less.) No fires are allowed. We cooked using porta-stoves. Amazing views... WATER? None at the top. Bring a lot. We consumed almost all of our water on the trip up. If needed the Closest Spring water location from the peak is halfway between the intermountain junction and the dry rocky riverbed. Bring a filter. WEATHER? Cooler than anticipated. Around 65 at the top with 5 mph winds at most. Views were smoggy. Cloud cover. Didn't see many stars at night. Happy with the views. SIGNAL? only reception we got was at the junction. I have tmobile and my friend has att. Other than that theres nothing. Download maps and print em if you think you need it. Trails were pretty easy to follow but i did have to check every now and then. Start Early. The sun will be on the other side of the mountain if you start early. This Definitely depends on your physical level of fitness and your experience with backpacking... but If you are thinking of backpacking this, I definitely suggest doing this hike before attempting to backpack it. Just so you know what you are getting yourself into. We weren't used to carrying a load while hiking for that long. According to reviews it would take 4 hours as a regular hike. It took us 8 hours to get to the peak, 2 hours specifically just from the saddle to the peak... we'd stop every 3 minutes just to catch our breath. The switchbacks were brutal for us. Altitude really got to us too. Took us 3 hours to get back to the trailhead. The rating says hard. And it was. Probably the hardest thing i've done in a long time. But Was it worth it? Yes. 100%. Would i do it again? Yes. 100%

Lilyana Levy
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Hiking

Summited yesterday and it was mostly fantastic. Got a little bit of a late start at 7:30 so we got stuck in the crowds. There were no snakes, just a couple signs alerting hikers to the presence of rattlesnakes like there are on every trail in Southern California. Crowds were heavy and the trail was bottlenecked at points. It was very hot coming down. For about 2 hours of the hike the air was very smoky and I was glad I had my PM 2.5 mask instead of a simple cloth mask or bandana. It made a big difference.

Ana Lopez
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HikingGreat!
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Michael Rey
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Hiking

8/2/2020. No snakes. Minus one star for cleaniless, trash everywhere; especially the trailhead. Lots of families use this trailhead to picnic and hang out at the river. People please use your head, there aren’t many trash cans on trails, if you gonna bring a ton of disposable plates and cups just bring your own trash bag and take it home. It’s not hard. Arrived super early, lot was empty by 830 am as we came down from the peak the trail was PACKED. Probably added 45 min to an hr to our time to get down due to moving aside for everyone coming. The positive, the summit is fantastic; plenty of room and the views are awesome. Beware of the fires and wind, early this morning the dust and smoke was terrible. Happy trekking.

Leslie Aguilar
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Hiking

My family and I didn’t end up hiking today (July 30) we got there at 6:45am but as we were about to start we saw so many signs of rattlesnakes that infested the area and it was honestly scary. We didn’t see other hikers and there were probably about 8 other cars in the parking lot, don’t think I’ll be coming back to this one :( .

Josh Byun
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Hiking

Challenging yet rewarding hike. Great view at the end, which was a nice treat after some tough exercise. The trail splits off on different paths at various points so this app was definitely useful to have on-hand.

David Cisneros
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Nature tripsGreat!

Did this hike yesterday, and loved it. It was a good challenge. Cooling off in the little pools in the river made the hike worth it. Been living in Fontana for a long time and can't believe I've never been there. Going to make it a regular hike.

Amanda Ahlmann
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Such a gorgeous hike! I was in awe the entire way up. It took effort but was worth those views.

Marco Barrera Zuniga
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Hiking

Great hike. Trail is well maintained. At times the trail is very narrow.

Keren Olvera
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HikingNo shadeRocky

7/24/2020 Loved this one!! My new favorite! You don’t feel the elevation on this one like to you do with other steep mountains. Do yourself a favor and start before 7am. I started at 5:45am and was at the top by 9:20am. Had a steady pace, rarely took a break for more than a few minutes. I got there in time to be above the clouds!! Coming down it started to definitely warm up. And crossed paths with a lot more people coming up, while I was coming down. There isn’t much room to pass, so please wear a mask and hug the mountain to let people pass. The trail definitely gets narrow and at times is literally on the side of the mountain (just don’t look down). The trail also gets rocky at some parts. All in all 14 miles, 8 hours (with about 1.5 hour break at the top).

Marc Nichols
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HikingRocky

A great day to hike, warmed up in afternoon but the early morning was perfect, sun doesn’t reach into Icehouse Canyon for hours. Views from the top were spectacular.

Chris Gonzalez
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HikingGreat!

Awesome!! Hike Trail, lots of shade, mile 6 and 7 is hard before to get to the summit, the rest is medium to moderate.

Rachel Derrico
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail! Not easy, but totally worth it. Beautiful river the first few miles and then beautiful views at the top. Took about 7 hours including a 20 min break at the saddle and an hour at the top.

D P
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Rachel Guevara
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Hiking

Went on a Tuesday morning, started around 7:00 AM. Trail was nearly empty and most people wore masks. The trail is gorgeous and in good condition, the trees provided minimal coverage from the sun, so definitely start early, it often gets hotter than anticipated. The switchbacks were constructed perfectly to provide the perfect ration between distance and steepness, and the summit features a view of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio and the Santa Rosa Mountains from one angle, all of Los Angeles from another, and Mt. Baldy from another. Took us 3 hours to get up, around 2 hours to get down. Tracked 12 miles, I’m not sure how other people are getting 14+, unless they took the wrong turn (which somebody I met at the summit had done so, but the trail is well defined so it seems odd).

shiming yang
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It is 14 mile round trip

Jeff Younger
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Hiking

The hike to Ice House Saddle is pretty moderate with shade, an awesome creek, and ruins of cabins. There is an old mine on the trail over to the base of the peak that goes in a moderate distance and is worth checking out if you don’t mind crawling in. The final push to the summit is a slog and after stepping up so many roots and rocks my thighs were cramping pretty good. Well worth pushing on and catching the view. You can see from the high desert and all across the inland empire. Even caught a glimpse of a rattlesnake at the top in the rocks everyone was taking pictures on.

Michael Lebovitz
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Hiking

Bring a mask! This trail is not wide enough to permit physical distancing. If you want the State to keep the trails open, bring a mask and put it on when you are passing people. That's the law in California. Here is the language from the new ordinance: Masks are mandatory "while outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible." Do the right thing so this and other trails in California can stay open.

Trung Pham
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Hiking

Awesome hike to Cucamonga Peak on 7/20/20 with 3 other people. Started at 6:00 am and parking lot at Icehouse Canyon Trailhead was already full, had to street park down the road. Box for hiking permit forms was empty at trailhead and so had to filled out info on a blank sheet of paper. Beginning of trail was scenic as it followed along the Icehouse Creek with lots of shade; had to cross a couple of rock debris fields. Took a break at Icehouse Saddle with good shade and breeze, then head up Cucamonga Peak Trail. The trail became narrow at times as it transverse alongside Big Horn Mtn. Saw an old abandon mine shaft. After the minor saddle the trail immediately gains elevation and the climb up switchbacks were very strenuous and exposed. Once at summit, views were spectacular from Cucamonga Peak, great panorama of Inland Empire from the south and Apple Valley and San Gorgonio Peak from the East. A lot of people at the summit. After lunch, headed back down the same way. Completed 12.5 miles within 6 hrs 35 mins moving time, adding on 1 hour of lunch and rest breaks in between. Drank 1.5 L of water. 75% of people were wearing mask.

Momo Rivera
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Did this hike last Saturday, 7/18/2020, and it was amazing! Definitely worth the gain pain and the best views. Got there about 7:30am and the parking lot was full, but thankfully didn't need to park too far down the mountain (maybe about 0.1mi). I was surprised at the amount of people, with most people going to Cucamonga Peak also, but I'd say 90% wore a mask. Plenty of space where we were by ourselves and could demask, especially in the late afternoon (we like to relax and take our sweet time). It was quite hot, maybe mid 80s (F) for the altitude, so check the forecast and bring appropriate amounts of water. There is a stream in the beginning bit of the hike, and just about the last place you could filter your own, about 1.5-2mi from the parking lot. I drink a lot of water. My boyfriend convinced me to bring 5L and I drank ALL OF IT. And still filtered a bit extra on the return trip just in case. So if you normally drink 1-2L of water a day I'd definitely bring more because of the exertion and also when it's hot. The view was definitely beautiful and worth the trip. I'd love to camp out there overnight. Trekking poles definitely help. Going up to the saddle is a steady incline, and from the saddle to the peak is more of the same with rocky and loose little rocks thrown in for flavor. The true peak is a little aways from the picturesque rocky spot, but there is no geomarker (boo!). Fortunately there were a decent amount of people to follow because when to head up the peak is unmarked except by a wooden pole. There might have been a sign once but it's gone now. When you get to it, head up what looks like a landslide and not to the nicely defined trail to the left. We clocked in at 12.1mi.

Cucumber Hikes
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Hiking

Amazing canyon hike up to the saddle. Don’t underestimate the switchbacks, they can be tuff. And bring enough water pls. 3 liters at least or whatever makes you feel comfortable. The view at the top is one of the best in SoCal.

Jack Tesmer
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Hiking

Worth it if you've never hiked it, great view at the top. The trail gets fairly steep just past the saddle and when comparing it to Baldy, it was longer in length, however I feel it was a tad easier of a hike.

joel farelli
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Pretty trail. 545am start, summit around 8am, spent an hour up top and down by 1130. took the alternative route on the way down that passes the campground

Jacqueline McCleary
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Great!Rocky

Beautiful trail. The first mile or so of the trail climbs pretty gently, as you're walking next to the stream. The grade then picks up, but abundant shade helps keep you cool. We didn't do the whole thing, going just a bit past the Icehouse saddle, but even there the views were incredible. It is noticeably cooler at the top -- up to 30 degrees cooler than Rancho Cucamonga, say -- so pack a layer in cooler months. Trail was rocky and always well-marked.

Harry Patel
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Hiked on Tuesday 07/07. Reached there at 6:50 am. Hardly 5-6 cars parked. The trail was not at all crowded. Saw about 8-10 hikers up to Ice house canyon saddle. After that very few more hikers. Hike was nice but rocky. The views from the peak were breathtaking. It doesn't look like 11.6 miles out and back. My fitness tracker watch shows 16.22 miles. So not sure. All the hikers were wearing mask. Came back to my car at 3:30 pm. took my time up there. Definitely recommend. It was worth and will definitely do it again.

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