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Cucamonga and Etiwanda Peaks via Icehouse Canyon 14 miles/4,300' gain

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Photo: Cucamonga vineyard early spring of 1940.

Cucamonga Peak and Etiwanda Peak via Icehouse Canyon

A challenging 14 mile out-and-back hike with 4,300 feet of elevation gain to the 8,859′ summit.

Difficulty: Difficult - Not for beginners

Length: 14 miles

Elevation gain: 4,300 feet

Duration: 7-8 hours

Pace:[masked] mph avg

ABOUT THE HIKE: The Icehouse Trail goes up constantly at 700+ feet per mile. There are few flats or big climbs until you reach Icehouse Saddle at 3.5 miles. From there, the trail takes 1.5 miles to Cucamonga Saddle, then a side trip to Etiwanda Peak, then the trail climbs 1,200’ in the next mile to summit.

WHAT TO BRING: 3 liters of water, electrolytes, snacks, lunch, hat, layered clothing. Hiking poles if you use them and 10 essentials.

A National Forest Adventure Pass should be displayed in your car to avoid a ticket.

Weather:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Cucamonga-Peak/forecasts/2700

http://www.findlocalweather.com/pinpoint/us/ca/cucamonga+peak+trail/current571909.html

***Waiver:

Please note that you agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself, and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of a death due to any reason, by signing up for this event.

***Hike at your own personal risk. Plan well and stay safe.

Points of Interest

*Icehouse 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 side of Bighorn Peak, providing a much-appreciated break after the climb up the canyon.

*Minor Saddle
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 Barstow.

From here on it's a steep climb to the summit with numerous switchbacks.

*Cucamonga Peak Trail
Watch for the sign to Cucamonga Peak, taking the trail leading to the right and up the mountain. You're almost there!

*We will take a short side trip to Etiwanda Peak (2 miles in and out) before hitting Cucamonga Peak.

*Cucamonga Peak
The southeast side of Cucamonga Peak is a precipitous drop, with stunning views of the Inland Empire. If you are up here on a clear day, you can easily pick out Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto.