Derek (that had been on Barstow Desert Rescue with me) had just finished OCS and was going to Fort Knox to be a tank commander. We wanted to do something different but got a very late start and went up Lytle Creek instead of driving to Baldy. So a hike up Etiwanda via Cucamonga Peak was in order but instead of the usual Icehouse Canyon route, we went up Middle Fork of Lytle Creek to the saddle and up Cucamonga and then to Etawanda Peak. We then hiked down to the Joe Elliot Tree and decided to catch a ride back down since the sun was now down. Earlier start helps! (:
Hiked it with Haili and Ryan from Icehouse Canyon. Sweeping views of Cucamonga Peak back towards Mount San Antonio in the North. San Gorgonio and San Jacinto are clearly visible to the East. Clouds shrouded the view of the Inland Empire below, but made for surreal pictures. Extensive burn area south and east of the peak. No marker or summit-log to be seen there.
Total time from IceHouse Canyon Trail Head and back was just under 5 hours with a jaunt over Cucamonga on the way back.
Climbed it twice, the traditional way from Icehouse. Great wilderness feel compared to the Cucamonga traffic jam.
Great hike of 5 peaks with Bechtt, excellent weather, beautiful area. Also climbed Ontario False Peak.
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Hiked 5 peaks (plus Ontario false peak) with Travis via Falling Rock Canyon (great cl.2/3 scramble.) Hit Sugarloaf, Ontario, Bighorn, Cucamonga, and Etiwanda before exiting via the Icehouse Canyon trail. We were fortunate to get great views from all five summits before the clouds enveloped the peaks.
Sometime in 2002 before the fires. I climbed this. Since I posted the mountain, I figured I might as well be the first to sign the log.