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In This Guide How to Get a Cucamonga Peak Permit How to Get to the Cucamonga Peak Hike Cucamonga Peak Trail Maps Turn by Turn Hike Directions What You Need To Do the Hike Distance 12 miles (19.3 km) Time 7 hours Difficulty Hard Total Climbing 4,300 feet (1311m) Highest Elevation 8,862 feet (2701m) Dog Friendly Leashed Park Angeles National Forest Park Phone 909-982-2829
With one of the coolest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Cucamonga Peak hike is a favorite. Cucamonga Peak, at 8,862 feet, has spectacular views of the LA sprawl, the desert, and surrounding peaks. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren’t as bad as Mount Baldy. You might even see some bighorn sheep!
Getting to Cucamonga Peak
Use this trailhead address:
20 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759, USA.
There is a big parking lot, but it fills up by 7am, and you need a parking pass. I use the affordable
National Parks Pass, which gets me in every park, monument, and national forest. You can also use an (Southern California only) Adventure Pass, or buy a $5 day permit from the ranger’s office.
You need a permit to hike in the Cucamonga Wilderness, and it’s easy and free. A box at the trailhead has permit forms for you to fill out. Bring a pen. If there are no forms, fill out your info on a piece of paper and leave it. More on the permit below in the directions.
Gear for the Hike
This is a long and challenging hike. Make sure you pack plenty of water, snacks, and layers. In the winter, there can be snow and ice. Check the
summit weather and call the ranger office for the latest conditions and don’t take any risks. The Cucamonga Peak Trail is in an avalanche zone. This is not one to “just try and see how it goes” if there are snowy winter conditions.
You can also camp on the summit of Cucamonga Peak, there are primitive campsites. Just make sure you fill out your permit appropriately and don’t start any open fires.
Here’s what I bring:
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The hike to Cucamonga Peak starts on Icehouse Canyon Trail, which can get crowded. After Icehouse Saddle, the crowd thins out.
I highly recommend bringing some form of paper map with you, and then using it in conjunction with a GPS device.
You can see the navigation gear that I use here (I’m currently using the Fenix 5x and love it). Just download the GPX file below and load it onto your GPS. Download the Hike GPX File View a Printable PDF Hike Map It’s a long, gradual climb up from Icehouse Canyon. Then a final push to Cucamonga Peak. You can see the peak’s position gives you great 360 views of the surrounding. The hike is steadily uphill on the Icehouse Canyon Trail. After Icehouse Saddle the hike is level and you get a breather, and then you go up. And up. Cucamonga Peak Hike Directions Subscribe to HikingGuy on YouTube Turn by Turn Directions The Cucamonga Peak hike starts at the Icehouse Canyon trailhead, at the far end of the parking lot. Hiking permits are in the box in front of the trailhead sign. Fill the hiking permit out, take the yellow copy with you, and drop the white copy in the slot on the side of the box. If there’s no permits left, fill out your info on a blank piece of paper and leave it in the box. Start hiking up the developed Icehouse Canyon trail, passing some cabins along the way. The trail gets really beautiful as it winds up along Icehouse Creek. Shortly after starting, there’s a tree stump with SCE on it. Hike to the left and continue on the Icehouse Canyon trail. There are cool ruins along this part of the hike. After hiking about a mile, there’s a junction, hike straight through. You’re next destination is the Icehouse Saddle, 2.6 miles down the trail. After hiking about 1.7 miles, you officially enter the Cucamonga Wilderness area. As the trail gently starts to angle upward, there are a lot of really cool rocks and geological formations. There are some rocky sections of the trail here. Look for the cairns if you get lost. As you climb, the views back into the canyon are beautiful. The trail steepens and traverses several switchbacks. At about 3.2 miles you reach a junction. Hike to the right to continue towards Icehouse Saddle. At around 3.6 miles, you approach Icehouse Saddle. Icehouse Saddle is a great place to stop for a snack. There are five trails that intersect here. You want to hike on the Cucamonga Peak trail, which is straight through the saddle area from where you came. This is the Cucamonga Peak trail (from Icehouse Saddle). Shortly after hiking on the Cucamonga Peak trail, another trail splits off left. Keep hiking right on the Cucamonga Peak trail. The trail follows the side of Bighorn Peak. The hike here is level with some downhill sections. There’s lots of great views to the left. The trail skirts the side of the mountain. There are some narrow and washed out areas, but it’s all safe and doable. At around 4.5 miles, you’ll see an abandoned mine shaft. If you want to see what it’s like inside, check this out. Shortly after the mine, the trail crosses a small saddle and starts climbing. As you hike up, take time to stop, turn around, and look around. There are great views of the surrounding peaks, Mt Baldy and the Baldy Bowl. LA and the inland empire come into view. Keep your eyes open, there’s a point where you can see the skyscrapers of downtown LA from here. At about 6.2 miles, after some serious climbing, the trail to Cucamonga Peak splits off to the right. Someone stole the sign on this day, so keep your eye open for the wooden post. You did it! The actual peak is to the left. There’s an American flag to the right. The summit has tons of cool rock formations to take pictures on. The views are incredible. The area with the flag has views toward the west. From here, you just hike back the way you came up. Happy hiking! You can help other hikers. If you do this hike and something has changed, snap a few photos and email me the details. I’ll update the guide so that others can do the hike safely. You May Also Enjoy Gear I Use
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