Summit Cucamonga Peak

Icehouse Canyon Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Eric Broadfoot

Cucamonga Peak sits at an elevation of 8,859 feet. From the summit, you'll get uncrowded views of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Keep in mind that a permit is required. 

Start hiking early, before the sun rises so you can maximize the day out of the heat and to give yourself plenty of time for the hike. As you get to higher elevations, it will be a little cooler and there might be snow on the ground, so be sure to pack layers.

This hike requires a permit. If you want to hit the trail early, be sure to call in advance to get your permit pinned outside the ranger station. If you don't, you'll have to wait until they open.

To get to Cucamonga Peak you start at the Icehouse Canyon trailhead, near Mt. Baldy. Make sure to have a Adventure Pass displayed.

The trail is well marked, but it gets confusing at the Icehouse Saddle, where 5 separate trails merge together. Look for the Cucamonga Peak trail sign, although it's a little hard to find or ask a ranger if one happens to be strolling by.

It's only 2.5 miles to the top after the saddle, but the last mile and a half is very steep and exposed to the sun. Make sure to wear ample sunscreen and bring sunglasses for the higher elevation. We weren't in peak physical condition, so the last stretch felt like it took forever and we silently considered turning around. Determination goes a long way so keep pushing and eventually you'll reach the top!

The top is interesting. It has a sand dune feel to it and has many rock outcrops, which make for interesting photo spots. The views should be incredible; however, when we were there, there was a blanket of clouds that obscured anything at the lower elevations. At the summit, take your time, eat your lunch and explore a bit. Once you have your energy back up, head back back the way you came.

Distance

12 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

4300 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Forest
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

Acton / Los Angeles North KOA

Acton, California

Banning Stagecoach KOA

Banning, California

Barstow / Calico KOA

Yermo, California

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Wrong turn to Bighorn Peak then to Cucamonga Peak

So I get to the first Saddle, easy peasy 😎 But then the trail is completely gone and I've never been to Cucamonga Peak. So I think @mtnking and I always say when in doubt "Go up"! So I do, I just go straight up and it's rough, but I'm making great time. So I reach the summit and a fellow hiker is just about to summit when I catch him. I ask are we on Cucamonga? He says "No" then points across the valley to the neighboring peak and says that's Cucamonga, this is Bighorn Peak. So I look and see the ridge line down and I see a ridge line up. Off I go! The other hiker asks if I'm going to Cucamonga, I reply "that's what I got all dressed up for " he just shook his head. Going up Cucamonga straight up in snow was rough!!!! So the first pics are on top of Bighorn peak looking across to Cucamonga. The last pics are summit of Cucamonga Peak looking back at Bighorn Peak. No gloves, crampons, hiking sticks, just me and my Merrells. I already am feeling it!

Great Hike

Camping at the top of cucamonga peak is a must! I've done it as a day hike, but nothing compares to waking up and catching the sunrise from up there! This hike can be a little challenging, but nothing good comes easy.

Scarlet P

about 4 years ago

Start early, its a long trek. I recommend camping on the summit and waking up early for the sunrise. Its one of the most majestical spots that I've ever seen. Definitely in my top 5 favorite hikes.

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike Timber Mountain

Adventure

Hike to the Icehouse Saddle

Adventure

Hike Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) via the Ski Hut Trail

Adventure

Summit Mt. Baldy

More Nearby Adventures