Hike #11 of the off (running) season. Was going to attempt a solo hike up Cucamonga Peak and happen to discuss it briefly in a hiking group. So was kindly invited to join a group heading that way same day so I said yay!
However without service we weren't aware they were running late. I met up with another hiker waiting for same group and after 20 min wait, I made the executive decision 😂 We.Were.Going.Up! So we did!
Group eventually made it and we chatted on peak. All.Is.Great!
If you go:
Mt Cucamonga/Cucamonga Peak is the 2nd of 6 peak challenge, part of San Gabriel Mts. Out and back hike.
Trailhead Location = Ice house Canyon Trailhead (I used 7636 Ice House Canyon Rd., Mt. Baldy, CA 91759)
There's a small parking, I arrived at 6:10 for 6:30 departure and there were only about 3 spots left so arrive by 6 AM! If it's full park up mountain!
You will need Adventure/National Park Pass AND at the trailhead a free permit. You keep the yellow, stuff the white in the box- they do sometimes check!
Plenty of people on the trail on a Sat. all very friendly not too complicated of a trail to follow but prepare of course.
Gain = about 4,300'
Distance = 12 mi
Duration = well... some websites show about 7hrs however it took us 9:20 hrs with 2 hours combined rest (1 hr on peak/lunch and a few rests throughout). She was quicker going up- no surprise there! I was quicker coming down but we waited and supported each other!
Difficulty = Super hard, Super strenuous. This is like Mt Wilson's evil twin! That last section 1/4-1/2 mile I don't know how I did it!
Terrain= ROCKS and more rocks and more rocks, all sizes, shapes, colors. Did I mention rocks?😣
Never ending switchbacks for about 2nd half similar to Mt Baden-powell.
Single track, narrows quite a bit and slippery at times due to those darn rocks 😬
You'll be happiest with poles on the way down (I don't usually heading up). My legs were still tired from Mt Wilson - I need a break!
Bring: munchies, min 3L of electrolytes /water, 10 essentials and a good sense of humor you'll need it for this one! Large part of trail is exposed but there is some shade so. re-apply sunscreen as needed.