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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

A challenging 11.6 mile out-and-back hike with 4,300 feet of elevation gain to the 8,859′ summit.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 11.6 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views over Southern California’s Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. This hike from... more »

Tips:  Permits are required even for day hikes. Call ahead to the Baldy Village Ranger Station (909-982-2829) the day before and ask them to ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Icehouse Canyon Trailhead

The Icehouse Canyon trail parallels Icehouse Creek. There are numerous cabins that dot the landscape along the lower section of Icehouse Creek, and you'll see the remains of still more cabins that were washed away by floods or rock slides years ago.

Icehouse Creek is extremely photogenic, but save the photos for the way back, with the more... More

2. Crossing a Steep Slope

This section includes several switchbacks as you traverse the steep canyon walls toward the saddle.

3. [JCT] 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.

4. 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.

5. [JCT] 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!

6. Cucamonga Peak

The southeast side of Cucamonga Peak is a precipitous drop, with stunning views of the smog-choked 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.

Remember to sign the summit log!

Retrace your steps back to the Icehouse Canyon trailhead.

7. Ranger Station

You can pickup your free permit here at the ranger station. Permits are mandatory in the Cucamonga Wilderness, even for day hikes. The ranger station opens at 7am on weekends. If you are starting earlier, call the day before and they will pin your permit on the bulletin board outside.

8. Trailhead parking for Icehouse Canyon

Icehouse Canyon is a popular trail and this parking fills up early. A National Forest Adventure Pass must be displayed in your car.