Attempted Cucamonga Peak via Deer Canyon - South Ridge. As I was afraid of, the return of extremely thick brush, buckthorn, whitethorn...whatever the 'F'-thorn, has choked off the South Ridge. I did find a way to gain the ridge 100 yards past the 180 degree turn on San Savaine truck trail. There is a very steep, 400', class 3 chute full of very loose scree and boulders that you can crawl up to gain the ridge. Once on the ridge line I was able to weave in and around the brush to about the 7,000' level. Here I hit a massive wall of whitethorn. I tried for an hour to get through it or around it. Nothing. So close to the summit, but not today. Unless this shit burns again, I doubt this route is doable.
I grew up looking up at this majestic peak. I remember many people in Upland being sure Cucamonga Peak was a volcano just because of its shape. I could not argue with those people, they were sure that it had to be one. I always loved the hike up to the peak. The fun little swithbacks, and the incredible view. I have spent a lot of time in the Tetons, and the view straight down from Cucamonga Peak, is similar in how far you look down. The big difference is of course, a couple of million people living below. I used to love drinking the water out of Columbine Spring on the hike up. Is this spring still running?
Hiked on a Friday and hardly saw anybody on the trail from Icehouse to Cucamonga. Continued on to Etiwanda Peak which was a nice extra couple of miles that really had a wilderness feel. Great views all the way from Cucamonga Saddle to Etiwanda.
Hiked via Icehouse Canyon on a beautiful, fairly un-smoggy day. There was a bit of snow left on the trail. This was my first hike other than Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriels, and I can't wait to explore the other mountains accessed by Icehouse Canyon.
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.
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.
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.
I climbed this with my (now) wife in 2001, give or take a year, and it wiped her out.
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.
Great peak with awesome views all around.
One of my new favorites. Climbed it with Ryan and Haili, then headed over to Etiwanda.
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.
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.
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!
View was spectacular! Very windy and cold in the morning, but that all died down when we got to the summit.
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!
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.
My son(Paul) and I climbed.....a personal best in altitude for both of us(so far).
A beauteous day and a great view. Glad we got an early start to beat the hords....