Cucamonga Peak Climber's Log

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TripoliRick

TripoliRick - Jun 30, 2008 11:33 pm

Caught in an "Avalanche"  Sucess!

Wanting to do something different on Cucamonga Peak, hitched a ride up to Baldy Village and then hiked up Icehouse to the saddle and continued the usual route up Cucamonga Peak. Triggered lots of small slides up to the summit. I knew the snow down the south side reached ~4,000' level so I went down the drainage from the peak glissading about a couple thousand feet and then riding on the slide I had triggered for another 500 or so until I started sinking in. Did the usual swimming motion and when everything stopped and set up like concrete, my head and one arm was free. Took a long time to free myself, scary to be caught in something like that. Took a long time to reach Alta Loma.

Super Dave

Super Dave - May 17, 2008 10:37 am Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Cowabunga Cucamonga  Sucess!

A great day in the mountains. Still a fair amount of snow from the Cucamonga saddle to the summit. We talked to a few folks who turned back because of that, but it didn’t create any major difficulties for us. We eventually gave up on the mostly snow covered trail, and did some light bushwhacking up the northwest ridge to the summit. Here’s a trip-report and some photos.

Phiilybe - Apr 27, 2008 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2008

A Tad Snowy  Sucess!

Nice hike today, intermittent patches of snow from Icehouse Saddle to the Saddle between Bighorn and Cucamonga. Lots of snow on the North Side, nearly all the way to the top of Cucamonga, though the summit was bare. Fun Day.

Sam Page

Sam Page - Apr 20, 2008 12:11 pm

Smog  Sucess!

I climbed this with my (now) wife in 2001, give or take a year, and it wiped her out.

jonmeek16

jonmeek16 - Feb 3, 2008 10:47 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2002

multiple assents  Sucess!

I've ascended Cucamonga about a half a dozen times. It's a great hike year round. It's fun to spend the night up there as well. Great view of the valley. You feel so far away from people when you see houses just a few thousand feet below.

Schuetzenweber

Schuetzenweber - Dec 26, 2007 10:39 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2007

Cucamonga/Etiwanda  Sucess!

Great peak with awesome views all around.
One of my new favorites. Climbed it with Ryan and Haili, then headed over to Etiwanda.

Jackalopes

Jackalopes - Dec 4, 2007 2:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Killer View of the Valley & Catalina Island!  Sucess!

If you do this on the right day YOU CAN SEE FOREVER! Very straight forward trail. After the first hour, you are on your own for water. Once yu get past the Icehouse saddle you probably are done seeing people. Nice 6 to 8 hour hike.

hashref - Nov 27, 2007 8:01 pm Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007

Via Icehouse Canyon  Sucess!

I arrived at the Icehouse trailhead around 7:30am and had a bit of trouble parking. I eventually found a parking space and hit the trail around 7:45am. I ran into several large groups of people, apparently in some sort of walking group, headed down about 1/2 mile up the trail. Once they passed, I was pretty much alone most of the way, only running into a few hikers as I took a break at the saddle. The rest of the hike to the peak was solitary, quiet and wonderful. I was completely alone on the peak for roughly 45 minutes and ran into a single hiker as I started my descent.

I couldn't really see much from the peak due to the fog that blanketed the valley below and out as far as my eye could see. It was forecasted to burn off by noon, but it never did. All that I could see were the peaks from distant mountains (San Gregornio, San Jacinto, Saddleback, etc...) jutting out from the billowy cloud cover. But I honestly wasn't disappointed. It was an absolutely beautiful and peaceful experience.

All in all, it was a perfect day for a perfect hike and I am looking forward to doing it again.

eric.hannan

eric.hannan - Oct 22, 2007 9:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Big Bear Fire  Sucess!

We bagged Timber Peak during the night and had planned on hitting the 3 T's! Once we got to the top we decided to hit up Cucamonga which we've done before just to get a closer view of the big bear fire. It was great to watch it at night, pictures don't describe it!

The Tailor

The Tailor - Oct 7, 2007 10:19 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

Icehouse TH  Sucess!

View was spectacular! Very windy and cold in the morning, but that all died down when we got to the summit.

eric.hannan

eric.hannan - Aug 20, 2007 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007

Slept On The Top  Sucess!

Started the hike at around 9pm. Perfect conditions for hiking and I was surprised by the view at the top. I have done all the big ones (San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy, etc) but this hike has amazing views all the way around! We waited till sunrise came and after it blew us all away hiked down and then ran into alot of people coming up. Do it at night and enjoy the mountain alone!

Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Aug 4, 2007 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2002

From Middle Fork of Lytle Creek  Sucess!

The best way to avoid the crowds on this, or any hike to Icehouse Saddle, is to come up from the east side via the Middle Fork of Lytle Creek, which is a great wilderness hike, normally no one on the trail. Did it twice, first time made the summit, 2nd time as part of an overnight backpacking trip, got caught in a beautiful snow fall, large fluffy flakes and no wind. My hiking partner, Carol, got too cold from wet feet so we turned around short of the summit.

jsakai

jsakai - Jul 21, 2007 3:14 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

Cucamonga peak  Sucess!

My son(Paul) and I climbed.....a personal best in altitude for both of us(so far).

http://jsakai1.photosite.com/

EManBevHills

EManBevHills - Jul 2, 2007 5:04 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Cuca Monga!!  Sucess!

A beauteous day and a great view. Glad we got an early start to beat the hords....

mnatureson

mnatureson - Jun 23, 2007 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2007

Via Icehouse Canyon  Sucess!

Nice Hike.

135driver

135driver - Jun 7, 2007 3:48 pm

Who needs dates  Sucess!

When you are as cool as me, dates are just silly details. Climbed this one once. Tough hike, but probably out of shape again. I like being fat and hairy.

Brad Mastros

Brad Mastros - May 14, 2007 1:14 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2007

Ice House  Sucess!

Went up late on a Sun and made it back before dark. Views weren't that great due
to smog/fires.

Climber Dave

Climber Dave - Apr 30, 2007 2:19 am Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007

Warm day, but great views!!  Sucess!

Decided to go last minute Sat morning, started my hike a bit after 10:30 pretty warm day. Saw the usual crowds going up Icehouse. And about 10 people on the summit, much more than expected. Great views to Catalina!!

David Rosenberg - Mar 14, 2007 2:51 am Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2006

Numerous Times  Sucess!


Done this one five times. Great view from the top.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Jan 27, 2007 2:00 am Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2007

Sugarloaf-Etiwanda Traverse  Sucess!

An enjoyable outing with Ryan Spaulding, Rick Graham, Tom Becht, and Glenn Gookin. Extremely cold temps and some fresh snow made for a winter wonderland. Trip Report

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