Mount Baldy Road, Mount Baldy, CA
This hike is cross-posted on Best Hikes of SoCal
Cucamonga Peak via Ice House Canyon
A challenging 12 mile out-and-back hike with ~4,300 feet of elevation gain to the 8,859′ summit.
Difficulty: 7/10 - Not for beginners - No Dogs.
Duration: 7-9 hours
Map to Trailhead:
ABOUT THE HIKE: The Ice House Trail goes up constantly at ~ 700’/mi. There are few flats or big climbs until you reach Ice House Saddle, a 3.6 mile hike up to the Saddle. From there, the trail undulates for the next 1.5-miles to Cucamonga Saddle, at which point it climbs 1,200’ in the next mile to a beautiful summit.
WHAT TO BRING: 3-5 liters of water, electrolytes, snacks, lunch, hat, layered clothing, could be cold and breezy at the summit. Hiking poles if you use them.
A National Forest Adventure Pass must be displayed in your parked car.
Parking fills up quickly. Carpool and get there early.
Remember the "Ten Essentials" See the link below for more information.
***Hike at your own personal risk. Plan well and stay safe.
Points of Interest
* Ice House Canyon Trailhead
The Ice House Canyon trail parallels Ice House Creek. There are numerous cabins that dot the landscape along the lower section of Ice House Creek, and you'll see the remains of still more cabins that were washed away by floods or rock slides years ago.
*Ice House Saddle
Five trails converge at this Saddle. Rest, regroup, then continue straight ahead on the trail to Cucamonga Peak. As you leave the Saddle, the trail closely follows the contours around the northeast side of Bighorn Peak, providing a much-appreciated break after the climb up the canyon.
At this minor saddle you'll have views to the west over the Inland Empire, and to the northeast over the Antelope Valley. On a clear day, you can see the 15 freeway in the distance, making it's way out towards Victorville.
From here on it's a steep climb to the summit with numerous switchbacks.
* Cucamonga Peak Trail
In about a mile, take the trail leading to the right (not taking a 90 degree left turn trail) and up the mountain. You're almost there!
* Cucamonga Peak
The southeast side of Cucamonga Peak is a precipitous drop, with stunning views of Inland Empire. If you are up here on a clear day, you can see Mt. Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Gorgonio, and Mt. San Jacinto.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
WARNING OF RISK ETC: YOU AGREE BY GOING ON THIS HIKE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT THE MEETUP ORGANIZERS/Hosts HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY.
I am a hiker inviting you to join me and fellow hikers. I am not a guide nor trained search and rescue member and will not carry you up or down the trail. You need to know your limits and what you need to get yourself there and back safely. You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted. No organizer or event host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. You accept all risks when you rsvp "yes" and show up to participate for this event or any other event.
If you are not comfortable with this disclaimer or disagree with this disclaimer, I am asking you to NOT sign up for this hike.
There…I said it. Now let’s go out there and enjoy the beautiful mountain and all it has to offer.
Happy Trails everyone,