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Cucamonga Peak Hike summit

Cucamonga Peak Hike

With one of the coolest summits in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Cucamonga Peak hike is a favorite. The climb is tough but not brutal, the scenery and views are awesome, and the crowds aren't as bad as Mount Baldy.

Rating:
5 / 5
Distance:
12 miles (19.3 km)
Time:
7 hours
Difficulty:
Hard
Climbing:
4300 ft (1311 m)
Trail Condition:
Marked Trails
Challenges:
Climbing
People:
Crowded to Icehouse Saddle, then sparse
Known For:
Views, Alpine Scenery, Cool Summit
Best Time:
Early Morning
Dogs:
Leashed
Bathrooms:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Weather:

Cucamonga Peak Hike Trail Maps

Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
20 Ice House Canyon Rd, Mt Baldy, CA, 91759, USA

Cucamonga Peak Hike location

The trailhead for Cucamonga Peak is about 90 minutes east of downtown LA. It's just outside of Mt Baldy Village, where you can grab a bite to eat.

Cucamonga Peak Hike 3d 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.

Cucamonga Peak Hike elevation

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.

Interactive Map

Cucamonga Peak Hike Map Downloads

hiking map on garmin fenix 3

If you have GPS device (I use this one by Garmin and I love it) for your hike, load the GPX file below into your device to navigate the hike. For help on loading the GPX file, read this article on converting and transferring to a Garmin GPS.

Also, don’t rely on electronics as your sole means of navigation. There’s a basic printable PDF map below, and I strongly picking up a good topo map too.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Cucamonga Peak Hike Video

Cucamonga Peak Hike Directions

Cucamonga Peak Hike summit

What to Expect

Turn by Turn Directions

Cucamonga Peak Hike trailhead
The Cucamonga Peak hike starts at the Icehouse Canyon trailhead, at the far end of the parking lot.
Cucamonga Peak Hike permit box
Hiking permits are in the box in front of the trailhead sign.
Cucamonga Peak Hike permit
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.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail
Start hiking up the developed Icehouse Canyon trail, passing some cabins along the way.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail
The trail gets really beautiful as it winds up along Icehouse Creek.
tree stump
Shortly after starting, there’s a tree stump with SCE on it. Hike to the left and continue on the Icehouse Canyon trail.
ruins on Cucamonga Peak Hike
There are cool ruins along this part of the hike.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail junction
After hiking about a mile, there’s a junction, hike straight through.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail sign
You’re next destination is the Icehouse Saddle, 2.6 miles down the trail.
Cucamonga Wilderness sign
After hiking about 1.7 miles, you officially enter the Cucamonga Wilderness area.
rocks on Cucamonga Peak Hike
As the trail gently starts to angle upward, there are a lot of really cool rocks and geological formations.
cairns on Cucamonga Peak Hike
There are some rocky sections of the trail here. Look for the cairns if you get lost.
Cucamonga Peak Hike views
As you climb, the views back into the canyon are beautiful.
Cucamonga Peak Hike switchbacks
The trail steepens and traverses several switchbacks.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail junction
At about 3.2 miles you reach a junction. Hike to the right to continue towards Icehouse Saddle.
Cucamonga Peak Hike approaches icehouse saddle
At around 3.6 miles, you approach Icehouse Saddle.
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.
Cucamonga Peak trail
This is the Cucamonga Peak trail (from Icehouse Saddle).
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail
Shortly after hiking on the Cucamonga Peak trail, another trail splits off left. Keep hiking right on the Cucamonga Peak trail.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail
The trail follows the side of Bighorn Peak. The hike here is level with some downhill sections.
cris hazzard on Cucamonga Peak Hike
There’s lots of great views to the left.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail
The trail skirts the side of the mountain. There are some narrow and washed out areas, but it’s all safe and doable.
mine shaft
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.
Cucamonga Peak Hike trail climbs
Shortly after the mine, the trail crosses a small saddle and starts climbing.
Cucamonga Peak Hike views
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.
Cucamonga Peak Hike views
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.
Cucamonga Peak Hike sign post
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.
Cucamonga Peak
You did it! The actual peak is to the left. There’s an American flag to the right.
Cucamonga Peak Hike views
The summit has tons of cool rock formations to take pictures on. The views are incredible.
Cucamonga Peak flag
The area with the flag has views toward the west.
cris hazzard on Cucamonga Peak Hike
From here, you just hike back the way you came up. Happy hiking!

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.

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