Straight uphill on more of a washed out water runoff type trail. Not much of an actual hiking trail.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
washed out
5 days ago

Okay this is 11 miles beware. We were originally going to go all the way up to cucamonga peak but the 5.5 miles to the saddle is just a constant climb with very few flat sections so you get pretty worn out. Otherwise pretty nice trail. Exposed at first, then shaded most of the way up to the saddle. A few sketchy spots along the cliff side to be careful of, a few downed trees but nothing huge.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Beautiful trail. Unfortunately I was overwhelmed by the heat and the insane amount of nats and horseflys :/ I would definitely try it again on a cooler day. A fair warning the last couple miles of road to get to the trail it is pretty rough. Be ready to get your car dirty!

Fun little trail we did with kids. You definitely hear the traffic from the 138 the entire time, but lots of wildflowers and nice views.

backpacking
rocky
snow
15 days ago

Fun 2 day backpacking trip but the hike is definitely aggressive at some points, almost the entire route was along a cliff side and you do lose the trail easily. The loop from Middle Fork trail head to Ice house Saddle was 12 miles or so, so don't be fooled by the listed 9.4. Took us 3 hours and change to get to Camanche camp site (amazing spot to camp by the way) - dropped our gear and made camp then continued on to Ice House saddle which was another 2 miles out. All in all fantastic hike with some breathtaking views, best part was having the whole camp to ourselves except for a late night visit from a bear.

hiking
over grown
18 days ago

Started at Camp Seely went to Heart Rock then headed around the Camp Seely Loop Trail… Definitely hasn’t been visited lately as there was no real trail and had to basically cut a trail and follow this app! I was able to cut off a little mileage by going left at a fork in the road! Go early to avoid the crowd at Heart Rock! It was an easy climb down the rocks and around the backside to climb inside the Heart!! Small area to park but it’s free!

Beautiful trail, not hard at all.

100% would recommend. Short, scenic hike. Clean and not busy at all. Parking - parked on the 189 close to the bus stop and to the gates of a church retreat place. There’s space for 2-3 cars. Trail - started off following the original trail which begins by heading west and curves to a north-east general direction. I would say that there are two legs to this hike. The first half is easy hiking on dirt and in the shade of big pine trees. You get nice forest scenery. This part ends right at the water tanks. The second half is moderate-hard hiking. The terrain is rocky, less trees and more bushes, and bigger slope. The scenery is of the surrounding mountains. As you’re nearing the top, you’ll be able to spot Lake Gregory. The fire lookout tower - which is at the very end of the hike. In May 2020 (covid-19) it was closed although a sign on the gate welcomed visitors 9AM - 5PM everyday. You can get to the tower via a car on a paved road from the other side of the peak easily.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
snow
25 days ago

Went up to Cucamonga Peak today after I got to icehouse saddle. Took me 8 hours all in all, with a gain of 5400ft. Wouldn’t recommend it- snow obscures a good portion of the trail. Definitely recommend doing the peaks AFTER the snow has melted, so June perhaps. Other than the hypoxic conditions, the views were some of the most breathtaking ones I’ve experienced. The trail up to icehouse saddle is great though- lots of elevation gain. Trail is sometimes hard to find, be diligent about staying on it though.

hiking
bugs
over grown
28 days ago

Unfortunately didn’t get to finish this one. Since the road was too tough for my low clearance car, I had to hike 1.6 miles to the trailhead. I started around 4:30pm, so the sun was already behind the hills when I was only about 3 miles in, so I had to turn back before it got dark. But I was taken away by the views and the fresh air. Love the contrast between woodland and rocky slopes as well. Next time, I’m going to do my best to park at the trailhead, get a wilderness permit, and venture up to Cucomonga Peak (extra 2 miles or so)

This is a difficult hike, and I regularly hike in the mountains including Whitney. Many steep sections with scree and a few areas where the trail is lost due to fallen trees and some small areas of snow. It’s also 11.5 miles round trip. There were many gnats since the trail follows the water for much of the way. We actually wore our mosquito head nets (first time). We started at 7am and it did not seem that crowded on the trail. Middle Fork road was super crowded on the way back with people enjoying the Lytle Creek. Overall, we really enjoyed this trail. The creek was flowing and there was a decent amount of shade due to many trees and areas of lush foliage. Just be prepared for the difficulty which we were not expecting.

Pretty little trail. We printed the interpretive stuff from online, but the posts with the numbers were all burned. We did our best and read where we thought one might have been at one point. Anyhow, simple little hike.

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