Hiked from icehouse canyon. Great hike! Above the clouds and fog on the summit and down in the fog in icehouse canyon on the way back. Snow on San G from recent storm.
High prominence over the city below, great views of surrounding peaks, healthy vegetation, and a good introduction to the San Gabriel Mountains.
Have done Icehouse Canyon/Cucamonga Peak Trail from TR in July.
Nothing out of the ordinary - just another great day in the San G's...
Awesome hike with plenty of great views.
Hiked up Ice House Canyon. First went to Cucamonga then just followed the ridgeline down and picked up the Joe Elliot Trail for a bit then on up to the summit of Etiwanda. Nice little peak with great views. Pretty hot day.
Up Falling Rock Canyon, ridge traverse to Ontario, then Bighorn, down to Bighorn-Cucamonga saddle, up Cucamonga, then over to Etiwanda. Some ice on the trail up Cucamonga, but not too bad. Cold and windy on top.
Don't tell anyone about this route. Not much traffic till you get to the saddle.
A seldom experienced--and altogether different--perspective on the range.
A repeat performance.
Spur of the moment decision to go for a hike. Exceptionaly clear day. Trail from Ice House Saddle to the summit was a bit icy in places.
From Icehouse Canyon on a picture perfect day! Previous hike to peak was in December on a windy, cold day with no views. Much worth the effort this time. Next trip will include Etiwanda Peak.
Started at 1 pm. Back to the car at 7 pm.
Left the TH at 3:15, alone on the summit, returned in the dark. Great hike!
Wasn't in shape. Long trduge, leg cramping. Toughed it out and bagged the peak.
Nothing like being in the high country of the San Gabriels in the summer. Very nice clear day too.
Hiked up from Icehouse Canyon. From there, my father and I went up the wind and ice driven trail to Cucamonga. Unfortunately, there were no views from the top due to the clouds. Very cold, but very fun!
I really like this summit. It is longer hike than Baldy and is is about 1000 feet lower in elevation, however sits right on the end of the LA Basin looking almost straight down.
Climbed with Mike and Tony. Like they said, bushwack/whitethorn and constant knee deep post-holing. I punched through once waist-deep and smacked my right knee on a buried rock. Hurt for a bit. Crux is the class 3 chossy section about 3/4 of the way up. Helmet is a good idea! Started at 7:30am and didn't summit til 2:50pm. Tedious route!!
Took Deer Canyon to the SW Ridge of Cucamonga Peak. Climbed with Forjan & Mdostby. There was nothing fast about this route, lots of buckbrush and lots of deep postholing even with snow shoes on. Eventually had to ditch the snow shoes and just postholed all the way up. I think that this route would actually be a-lot harder later in the season without the snow, there is no trail higher up and a-lot of brush to get through. There was also a small chossy section of class 3 to get through. Bring a helmet!
June 5th, 2012
4th Summit of Cucamonga Peak. Car to car in 6 1/2 hours. Used my leatherman to fix the pole to an American Flag on the summit. Got a great summit pic with the flag in the background. No snow,no ice and no summit register.
Feb 24th 2009
Tried the Deer Canyon approach from the south again with Miguel and Tony. This time we went left/west on the San Sevain trk trail and went up the SW ridge. Much less brush to deal with. I became exhusted and turned back. Miguel and Tony went on to summit. This route goes but does have a moderate amount of bush whacking and in our case a bunch of deep postholing. Hopefully my 3rd attempt will be sucsessful.
Done on a very cold and windy day from Icehouse Canyon. Just barely above the clouds at summit. Extremely windy at top but very rewarding.