This is one of the tougher overnight hikes, as there are no water sources at the summit. Julia had Lilly in hers, and I had Isla in mine. The views were beautiful. Le sentier longe une cascade et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Amenities. This was an incredible overnight hiking weekend, and I’m looking forward to many more in the near future. This peak is often the end of a moderate out/back hike that is about 5.6 miles one-way. 10 other mountain peaks closest to Cucamonga Peak: 1. Not all of them were pitched on ideal sites, but there is a lot of land to work with. How many tent sites would you estimate at Cucamonga Peak? It can be busy during the summer months and of course on weekends, although you do need to be in decent physical shape to hike to the top. Wes and Liz even posed for some hero shots on the Cucamonga Peak “Pride Rock,” as we call it. Also, I had no idea you could camp there, thanks! About 200 yards up the Cucamonga Peak trail we encountered a couple of guys that were coming down - they had spent the prior evening camping on the peak. Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We were standing on the summit of Cucamonga Peak just shy of 5:00 PM and got to setting up camp. This Sunday I finished hike number 23/52 for the 52 Hike Challenge in 2015, and have now completed 265 of my goal of 1000 miles for this year. The mountain is accessible all year, although the hiking season is typically between May/June Oct/November. After making the peak, I hiked to Etiwanda peak and had lunch. Ontario is a little more limiting, but there are some decent spots along the ridge that runs above the trail. I made such good time that I decided to try a short cut from the Minor (upper) Saddle straight up to Big Horn Peak. Didn’t see any other hikers on this stretch except for 3 people who had missed the post indicating the ascent route for Cucamonga … 5.0. It was so funny to see these two little dust bunnies so tired after such a great hike to the summit. With one of the coolest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Cucamonga Peak hike is a favorite. It is a lovely, gradual 12 mile hike into the Cucamonga Wilderness where you can get away from the crowds and end at the beautiful and scenic 8,862 ft summit. Cucamonga was the 2nd of my “6 Pack of Peaks” & I was excited for my first 8000+ altitude hike. My favorite spot is the sandy ridge facing Etiwanda Peak and San Gorgonio. https://www.alltrails.com/.../icehouse-canyon-to-cucamonga-peak-trail Straight forward and relatively easy. Cucamonga Peak, at 8,862 feet is one of the highest peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, and is located in San Bernardino County, California. This route is 12 miles (19.3 km) round trip, with 4,300 feet (1,300 m) of elevation gain. I have my eyes on a similar spot along the ridge just before Bighorn Peak. Joe Elliot Tree Memorial via Icehouse Canyon Trail to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 22 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The best part is watching the sunrise over San Gorgonio in the morning. Ontario Peak (2649 m) 3.6 km: 2. We walked at a very relaxed pace and enjoyed the empty trail. I noticed the same problem in Yosemite a few weeks ago, with Nevada and Vernal Falls only a trickle of their former roaring glory. Forest Service Trail 7W07 leads from here to Icehouse Saddle, from which the Cucamonga Peak Trail (7W04) leads to the summit. It’s tough to sleep on the colder nights, but for me it’s the noise of the wind. The Cucamonga Peak Trail starts out with a level stretch of hiking before losing a little bit of elevation in a roller coaster fashion. Overall a beautiful hike, with the only negative being the gnats and flies. If so, where can you get them from? Cucamonga Peak, at 8,862 feet is one of the highest peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, and is located in San Bernardino County, California. Season: June - October I am planning an overnight at Cucamonga soon from my JMT training with some friends. Thanks! We all turned in pretty early that night. Trailhead : Click here. I see a lot of bighorn sheep early in the morning around this area, as well as deer. The remaining miles are quite exposed, so make sure to stay hydrated. On a clear day, Ontario Peak offers sweeping views of the spectacular San Gabriel Mountains, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange … Baldy which are accessible from the Icehouse Saddle. Hi, I’m Drew. Drew Robinson | April 4, 2016August 19, 2014 | Dog Friendly Hikes, Hiking Trails. Cucamonga Peak, at 8,862 feet is one of the highest peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, and is located in San Bernardino County, California. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Not a well known or travelled trail, but still travelled by other experienced hikers (like Sonia & Mira). This Sunday I finished hike number 23/52 for the 52 Hike Challenge in 2015, and have now completed 265 of my goal of 1000 miles … Read more Cucamonga Peak Overnight Camping Trip 04.05.15. Join me as I take my friend Jake on his first overnight backpacking trip. I try to leave Icehouse parking lot around 3, so the canyon is shady and cool. What a great trip. This was my first time in Icehouse Canyon since the flash floods rocked the Mt. The only thing I love more than watching the sunset from a mountain peak is watching the sunrise from a mountain peak. I assume there isn’t water along the trail that you were able to filter? April 3, 2016 April 6, 2015. There was a guy inside trying to watch the sunset from the comfort of his 1P tent, and Isla and Lilly invited themselves in to take a peek! https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/cucamonga-wilderness/camping Just east of the bustling city life of Los Angeles, Cucamonga Peak offers a great gateway into the San Gabriel Mountains and amazing views from the summit. Cucamonga peak . Drew Robinson | April 3, 2016April 6, 2015 | Dog Friendly Hikes, Hiking Trails. I’ve camped there, the ground is very rocky and that spot gets windy. I launched this blog to inspire readers to get outside and explore. Thanks! Hike to Cucamonga Peak via Ice House Canyon - Duration: 10:06. They can be obtained at a brown box at the trailhead (Icehouse Canyon RD. Read more about me…. Please see the note for "Ice House Saddle from Ice House Canyon Trail" above. At 8,696 feet, Ontario Peak is one of several peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, and lies within the Cucamonga Wilderness. Join me as I take my friend Jake on his first overnight backpacking trip. Mount San Antonio (3068 m) 9.2 km: 6. … I walked over and saw a one person tent on the ridge between Cucamonga Peak and Etiwanda Peak. When you look toward the mountains from the Pomona Valley or the east end of the San Gabriel Valley, Cucamonga Peak is the dominant summit on the leading edge of the range, standing by itself, tall and pointed and calling hikers to climb it. This mountain, with its many many summits can be seen easily from south Orange County on clear days as it towers to almost 8,700'. Location : San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino . It’s hard to tell anything happened as you drive through Mt. If you plan resting at the saddle continue on a little to the rock chair - it offers an excellent view of Cajon pass and the desert to the north. Turn left on the trail to the summit of Bighorn – about ¾ of a mile to the top. It’s so nice to be able to see them on mountain peaks. We have appropriate gear for cold weather, but our biggest concern is carrying water. There are three routes up the mountain with the easiest and shortest climbing out of Joe Elliot Campground. Awards; Backpacking. There is room for 3-4 tents at the actual summit. Just curious. It is 37 miles from downtown Los Angeles and has been voted one of the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. Rancho Cucamonga is part of the Inland Empire, and Cucamonga Peak, one of the tallest in the San Gabriel Mountains, is visible from anywhere in the city. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. We were moving at a pretty relaxing pace with the dogs, and it was nice to have the weight on my shoulders for a prolonged period of time. 12 Peak Challenge Registry of Official Finishers; 12 Peak Challenge Thru Hike #1; My 12-Peak Challenge Hikes 2017; My 12-Peak Challenge Hikes 2018; My 12-Peak Challenge Hikes 2019; 2019 Hikes; About. Still remember the camping trip to Nanga Parbat base camp. It is somewhat overshadowed by Cucamonga Peak, the larger summit to the west. I always carry enough water from the parking lot. The peak isn't too far from the junction. Forest Service Trail 7W07 leads from here to Icehouse Saddle, from which the Cucamonga Peak Trail (7W04) leads to the summit. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! For this training hike I carried 7 liters of water and some extra gear to get my pack nice and heavy. Forest Headquarters 602 S. Tippecanoe Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92408 (909) 382-2682 (Voice) (TDD/TTY dial (800) 735-2922) Barton Flats Visitor Center We pressed on to Kelly's Camp. Baldy is a little bit easier, as you can hike up to the Notch Restaurant and fill up there after hiking the fire road. Baldy, which is shorter, steeper, and taller. The water flow is always slow this time of year, but this was on another level. We started hiking at the Icehouse Canyon trailhead just after 2 PM. I like to train hard for trips like John Muir Trail, so I can really enjoy the hiking without any physical struggle. We’ll just have to consider the extra water weight good training. Most people I ran into were camping at Kelly camp which is abt 2 miles from the Cucamonga Peak. In the first couple miles, much of the trail surface has uneven footing and loose rocks, fallen from the steep scree slopes or along the route where the trail follows over or near the creek bed. They’re two sides of the same beautiful coin, and two lines that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I can never sleep in a camp in sub zero temperatures. There is a nice creek by the Ski Hut if you take ski hut trail. Telegraph Peak (California) (2738 m) 4.4 km: 3. For this hike, it took us 2:45. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The road into Joe Elliot Campground is rough, often closed, and high clearance and/or four wheel drive is … There is no water, no picnic tables, no restrooms nearby, and no trash containers. I was especially excited for this one, as Isla would be along for the climb. *Note: A free wilderness permit is required to hike the trail past the Cucamonga Wilderness boundary. The hiker, traveler, and gearhead behind Trail to Peak. Having done this hike at least 10 times now, I just never get tired of it. The wind on this night was constant, and the temperatures pretty low. I like it better than Mt. We packed up the tent as the wind tried to thrash it from out grip, and were heading back down the trail before 7:00. The head of a cold front was blowing in to Southern California just as the sun went down. Cucamonga Peak is situated 1¼ miles southwest of Cucamonga Peak Trail. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren’t as bad as Mount Baldy. Read more Cucamonga Peak Overnight Camping Trip 04.05.15. This hike is 12 miles round-trip, and takes you to the summit of Cucamonga Peak at 8,858 ft. Mount Baldy (San Gabriel Range) (3068 m) 9.3 km: 7. They can be obtained at a brown box at the trailhead (Icehouse Canyon RD. Awesome post! We set up camp and had a great time taking pictures and watching the beautiful sunset. — ctrain2018 • Jan 7, 2018 "Absolutely perfect day for this climb. The hike up until this point was covered in copious shade and tree coverage. The start of the Cucamonga Peak hike is located at the Icehouse Canyon parking lot, approximately 1-1.5 hours from the Greater Los Angeles area. original comment should have read: *for* my JMT training. I usually make it up to Cucamonga Peak in about 2.5 3 hours. Enjoy! After passing an old mine we met some people (4 groups), who had decided to turn back because the compacted ice was so bad at the last few switchbacks. It is named after the nearby city of Ontario. How much water did you pack? Whitney. After a night at the top, I’ll save 1 liter for the hike down. What a sunrise, definitely one of the perks with overnight hikes:) I’ve been following Gabi’s and Dave’s JMT hike (which is soon coming to an end on their blog) – seems like you got quite a hike in front of you! After a really nice nap, the dogs were awake and full of energy, just in time to watch the sunset. Follow the trail to Cucamonga Peak and continue past the branch for about a mile to the faint mountaineer's route up Etiwanda. There are two really nice spots there, and the ground is soft. We'll explore the mine and catch some great views above the clouds. As much as I love long day-hikes and challenging backpacking trips, sometimes it's nice to just pull up to a campsite and pitch a tent. Hi, I’m Drew. April 3, 2016 January 26, 2015. It makes for great training, especially being that I already have to carry extra gear for the dogs. Make sure to subscribe to receive notifications of new posts by email. This hike can be a little challenging, but nothing good comes easy. We had the entire Peak to ourselves last Friday night and the sunset/sunrise views are amazing. Nice info can’t wait to camp at the summit =). Hiking Icehouse Canyon in the afternoon makes it feel like a brand new trail, as I usually do this one early in the morning to avoid crowds. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Baldy Village for around 1.5 miles until you reach a fork. Use this relief map to navigate to mountain peaks in the area of Cucamonga Peak. Le sentier longe une cascade et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. But the warmth of the sun when it finally rises more than makes up for it. I can see why you picked it. Enjoy! I don’t hang my food, but leave it in my pack away from the tent. The summit ridge is pretty wide and offers plenty of spots to camp. We headed back down to witness one of the best sunsets I have ever seen!In the morning, we packed up and headed back to Ice House Saddle to connect to Cucamonga Peak trail. Etiwanda Peak via Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 14.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Valyermo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. We reached the summit about 3 hours after we started and were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves all alone at the summit. I have a half liter or a liter for the downhill hike in the morning. Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, charcoal BBQ's, or stoves. Isla always gets really excited when she wakes up and does sprints wherever she can. I camped at the summit of Cucamonga twice in preparation for the JMT last year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). You'll get the latest gear reviews, hiking guides, and trip guides as soon as I publish them. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Have fun! Want to do this overnight hike this coming fall! Would you have to hang your food? Do you have to worry about mountain lions or bears while camping? Isla took a serious liking to the sunrise as well. You won’t be paying a … Baldy village. Cucamonga Peak is probably my favorite overnight camping destination in the San Gabriels, as you get beautiful sunset and sunrise views of the Inland Empire, Orange County, San Gorgonio, and San Jacinto. Baldy the day before. TrailRevs 3,434 views. Sugarloaf Peak (2110 m) 5.0 km: 4. Find your next camping adventure here, then explore some of my favorite tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Cucamonga Peak has some great camping spots and one of the best views of any of the peaks because of the way it just up from the valley floor below. I checked them off some time ago, but continue to seek them out in earnest, as few things can stir the mind with such vigor. Ontario Peak is the smaller sister of Cucamonga Peak in the Cucamonga Wilderness. The wind kicked up to about 15mph gust right around sunset, but totally died off about an hour after sundown. My goal for this spring and summer is to camp overnight at Cucamonga Peak and Ontario Peak a couple of things. Learn how your comment data is processed. I’m lucky in that I live less than 30 minutes away from the trailhead, so I get to enjoy the landscape often. If you keep hiking west, there is another patch of sand with great views of sunset. I will definitely have to camp next time I’m out that way. Camping at the top of cucamonga peak is a must! I recommend camping on the summit and waking up early for the sunrise. Hiking Angeles Forest. Visitors need a permit when going beyond Ice House Saddle to Cucamonga Peak, Etiwanda Peak and other interior areas. The wind kicked up to about 15mph gust right around sunset, but totally died off about an hour after sundown. The JMT is going to be a real adventure! © 2014-2021 - Trailtopeak.com - All Rights Reserved. Make sure to subscribe to receive notifications of new posts by email. This route is 12 miles (19.3 km) round trip, with 4,300 feet (1,300 m) of elevation gain. There are few better places to see this than at the top of a mountain. I’m still working out some of the logistics and am getting excited , Wow – great post and amazing photos! Located in the Cucamonga Wilderness of the San Bernardino National Forest, Cucamonga Peak sits in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains. You might as well just pack it all in. Photo: Cliff Hutson, CC BY 2.0. Veer left … Joe Elliot Tree Memorial via Icehouse Canyon Trail to Cucamonga Peak Trail is a 22 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. They got a hundred or so yards away and disappeared from sight for a second. Great information Drew, thank you very much for inspiring me to plan this backpacking trip for the near future. Set up camp, cooked dinner and watched fireworks below, … Ontario Peak, Bighorn Peak, and Cucamonga Peak 01.25.15 . The water I bring depends on conditions for the day. The dogs come along for almost every trip, it’s the only way to tire them out! https://www.alltrails.com/.../etiwanda-peak-via-cucamonga-peak-trail We woke to find that the water we left outside the tent had frozen. Cucamonga Peak is a much better place to camp that Ontario Peak in my opinion. There is an old tree with a bottle opener bolted to it's center, be sure to bring something to enjoy at the top! Rancho Cucamonga is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. About 200 yards up the Cucamonga Peak trail we encountered a couple of guys that were coming down - they had spent the prior evening camping on the peak. Length 22 mi Elevation gain 7073 ft Route type Out & back. Baldy area two weeks ago. You'll get the latest gear reviews, hiking guides, and trip guides as soon as I publish them. Happy Hiking! I highly recommend camping at the peak instead. I get cold up there even on the warmest summer days! Sharing the same approach road with Mount Baldy, this peak sometimes gets overlooked, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't get crowded during the summer months. Cucamonga Peak sits at 8,862 feet (2,701 m) Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult; Trailhead: Icehouse Canyon Trailhead (34.250142, -117.636244) Vault toilet available at the trailhead; Out and back trail; Get Our Latest Comprehensive Dog-friendly Trail List Here. Isla is a warm sleeper though, and she didn’t stay with me for long. We'll explore the mine and catch some great views above the clouds. This hike from Icehouse Canyon is a strenuous 11.6 mile out-and-back route with 4,300 feet of vertical gain and a top elevation of 8,859′. One of the guys was sitting in a rock outcropping (that I later found to be very comfortable). Ice House Saddle from the Three T's Trail on the Angeles National Forest. Cucamonga Peak sits at 8,862 feet (2,701 m) Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult; Trailhead: Icehouse Canyon Trailhead (34.250142, -117.636244) Vault toilet available at the trailhead; Out and back trail; Get Our Latest Comprehensive Dog-friendly Trail List Here. I usually consume 1.5 liters on the hike to the summit, and then use around 3 liters for rehydrating, cooking, and drinking at the summit. They plowed through a bag of treats and a can of wet food before wrapping themselves in a sleeping bag and conking out in the tent of a nap. … Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon 01.17.15. Learn how your comment data is processed. Baldy is the most well known peak in the… One of the guys was sitting in a rock outcropping (that I later found to be very comfortable). And one we ’ ll very quickly reach the parking lot for Icehouse is. Explore the mine and catch some great views above the clouds incredible hiking! 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