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Ontario Peak (8,693') via Icehouse Canyon 13 miles/4,100' gain

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*This will be a Moderate to slightly Strenuous Hike!

*Ontario Peak is at an elevation of 8,693 feet above sea level.

*Details of the hike: 13 miles Round Trip with a total of 4,100' of elevation gain.

Mountain Weather: http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Ontario-Peak/forecasts/2649

NOAA Weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mount+Baldy&state=CA&site=LOX&textField1=34.2361&textField2=-117.659&e=0

*We will meet at the Icehouse Canyon Parking Lot between 7:15 am and 7:30 am. We will try to start hiking no later than 7:30 AM.

This trek will take us into the Cucamonga Wilderness; We will obtain a free permit for our group from the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center (Forest Service office on Friday). We will park at the Icehouse Canyon parking lot and walk up the Icehouse Canyon trail for 4 miles/2,600' of elevation gain to Icehouse Saddle. We will take a necessary break here before we continue hiking to Ontario Peak.

From the saddle, we will take the far-right fork, traveling southwest across the forested slopes. About a mile of uphill walking through the forest will bring us to Kelly's Camp. We will continue around the left side of this wilderness campsite, then circle right and climb to the top of the ridge where the trail will intersect a short lateral trail leading left to Bighorn Peak. We will continue through a lodgepole pine forest and passing just to the right of two false summits, and finally summit Ontario Peak, 2.5 miles from Icehouse Saddle. We will take some time at the peak to enjoy the superb views, then we will return the same way.

*Driving directions: Going north onto Mt. Baldy Road. Drive for about 4.5 miles and you will be in Mt. Baldy Village. Continue on Mt. Baldy Road, through the small mountain town for another 1.7 miles and then turn right to the Icehouse Canyon Parking lot.

*Items to bring: Please bring the 10 essentials on this hike. At least 2 liters of water, food (snacks, fruit, lunch), hat, bandana, sunscreen, trekking pole, good hiking boots, daypack, first-aid kit, etc.

~Optional Items to bring: Camera, binoculars, and windbreaker.

**You will need a Forest Service Adventure Pass to park at the Icehouse Canyon Parking Lot. You can purchase a year or a "day-use only" pass from places like REI, Sports Chalet, Sportmart, Sports Authority,or Ranger Station prior to hike date.

**WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during group hikes or any other type of outings. If you sign up and come on this hike/outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing.