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Cucamonga and Etiwanda Peaks from Icehouse Canyon

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 8:00 AM
  • Icehouse Canyon

 

 

    

Hike Organizer: Paul Kemp

Location: Cucamonga Wlderness, San Bernardino National Forest

Hike Difficulty: Strenuous, 8/10 (not for beginners)

Distance: 14 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 3800 feet

Time: 7-8 hours

Hike Description: The Cucamonga Wilderness is a high subalpine region of 8000-feet peaks and deep canyons; pine-forested, precipitous, and relatively isolated. This superb, nearly pristine high country extends from upper Icehouse Canyon and Thunder Mountain ridge eastwards some 4 miles to Grizzly Ridge, the upper Middle Fork of Lytle Creek, and rugged Cucamonga Peak. It is the only wilderness in Southern California to encompass parts of two national forests - Angeles and San Bernardino.

At 8859 feet Cucamonga Peak is the eastern citadel of the range, its steep battlements rise abruptly from Cucamonga Saddle on one side and San Sevaine Ridge on the other. From Icehouse Canyon and Saddle the trail contours through open stands of ponderosa pine and white fir around the east slopes of Bighorn Peak and then switchbacks steeply up the north side of Cucamonga Peak. Shortly before reaching Cucamonga Peak there is a turn-off to Etiwanda Peak (8662 feet), approximately 1 mile away. On the return from Etiwanda Peak we shall take in Cucamonga Peak, less than 200 feet higher in elevation. Both peaks offer spectacular panoramic views of the valleys below.

This is a strenuous hike NOT for beginners - 14 miles is a long way if you haven't been hiking for a while, or you have only been hiking short distances from your couch to the refrigerator! Make sure that you wear appropriate footwear, bring at least 3 liters of water, copious amounts of sweet snacks to munch along the way, and lunch to eat at the summits.

Directions: Drive to Icehouse Canyon parking lot, 1.5 miles north of Mount Baldy Village on the right side of San Antonio Canyon Road. There will be a meeting place at Monrovia Park and Ride, on the west side of Myrtle Avenue just south of the 210 Freeway, for those of you wishing to carpool. The carpool meeting time is 7.15 am.

If you have any questions about the hike please contact me by e-mail or in the "comments" section.

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  • Paul

    Cucamonga Peak is one of my favorite hikes, and everyone made it to the summit on this beautiful day.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Jacek

    Great hike, excellent company, thank you Paul for organizing! BTW: Paul, did you lose your hat by any chance? I found one that looked like yours. :)

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • little b.

    Awesome day!

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Aaron L.

    Hey guys it was good seeing you on the hike. Pretty awesome to run across you at the top.

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I brought along my dog and it was her first hike. She made it to the saddle, but our pace meant that I wasn't able to catch up. Anyways, hope you guys had a great hike!

    June 21, 2014

  • Paul

    Running a bit late, will be at Monrovia carpool shortly.

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running a bit late. I'll catch up.

    June 21, 2014

  • little b.

    Ill be in a black 4-door Toyota Tacoma.. Can't wait for this hike!

    June 21, 2014

  • Aaron L.

    Hey guys we are oddly going to be there an hour before you get there, so I assume you are going to catch up to us. Would it be possible if we tag a long until you leave us in your dust?

    June 21, 2014

  • Susan

    This will be a great hike which I hate missing but can't spend the entire day on the trail (or that's my current excuse anyway). Catch you on the next one.

    June 20, 2014

  • Jacek

    Paul, considering joining you tomorrow morning, how do I recognize you guys? It's my first time with the group. Cheers, Jacek

    June 20, 2014

    • Paul

      Jacek, look for a group of hikers near the restroom at the trailhead... Or you could scream at the top of your voice 'LA Hiking Group?'

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • Berg

    Jacek, it will be easy; they all be wearing red wigs.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Kim C

    Paul, aren't you signed up for Ledy's hike on Saturday where there is waiting list. You should un-RSVP on that one, for fairness to other hikers. :)

    June 20, 2014

  • Yoon m.

    Hi Paul, what is the percentage of shade? I am a little concerened about the heat this weekend..

    June 19, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Yoon Mi, there is a fair amount of shade for this hike, especially up Icehouse Canyon and towards the peaks. Even though the temperature may be 90 degrees at Baldy Village, it always gets cooler the higher you go. The forecast is saying 61 degrees on Cucamonga Peak: http://www.mountain-f...­
      Hope you can make it.

      June 19, 2014

    • Yoon m.

      Oh I see. Thank you for letting me know!!! I will decide after checking my schedule later :-D

      June 19, 2014

  • Berg

    Awesome hike, and the view is majestic!

    June 19, 2014

    • Paul

      You are correct!

      June 19, 2014

  • Aaron L.

    Paul do you have a good URL to a map of the hike route?

    June 17, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Aaron, I only have an old-fashioned hiking book. I'm sure you can google it as quickly as I!

      June 19, 2014

  • *Bryan (小布) ®.

    Will this hike be finished by 3pm?

    June 19, 2014

    • Paul

      Hi Bryan, very doubtful.

      June 19, 2014

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