Got out to Icehouse Canyon with Victor and Judy. The goal was lofty – Ontario, Bighorn, Cucamonga, and 3 T’s all in one day. However, Ontario and Bighorn pooped us all out so we stuck with those two peaks and ended up with a 15.5 mile hike. Still, it was beautiful. The Autumn colors are in full bloom and the winds on the top were next to calm (surprisingly). Temps were in the 50-60’s the whole time. We parked at Icehouse and began hiking around 9am or so, give or take. Trail was crowded with the usual hiking clubs that frequent I.C. Nonetheless, it was perfect hiking weather. We reached Icehouse Saddle within about 1:45 or so… took a brief break… and began our ascent up Ontario Peak’s trail. Didn’t see anyone else past Icehouse Canyon Saddle on the trail at all. Made Kelly camp in 30 minutes or so, enjoyed a brief break, and began that final 1.8 miles to Ontario Peak. I began to get pooped with the final half mile to Ontario. I could feel my breathing struggling, mysteriously, and my old IT band syndrome kicking in hardcore. Sucked. But alas, we’re all human.
We summitted Ontario (about 8670′ or so) and enjoyed the view from the top. If you haven’t been up to Ontario’s summit, you’re missing out. We had a clear view of the Pacific Ocean, LBH, and Catalina, amongst everything else. It was just beautiful. Anywho, we descended 1 mile or so to a T junction in the trail and ascended up .75 miles to Bighorn Peak. Bighorn was steep, mostly screen, and kind of a let down. Nonetheless, the view up there was beautiful, as well, and gave me a teasing view of Cucamonga Peak. MMM. By then, I felt my IT band(s) losing it quickly and, well, if you’ve felt that, you know it suuuuucks. I persuaded Victor and Judy to head back down to the bottom of the trail head parking lot. I’d hoped to go the full 15+ miles, but maybe another day…
I didn’t bring enough food and that hurt my hike: I used 5 hammer gels, a pack of crackers/cheese, and 2 gu chomps packages, along with about 2.5L of water and another 1.5L of Hammer Heed/Perpetuem mix. I wore a lightweight REI base layer, a Marmot Zeus vest that I sweated through, and a North Face Tika stretch layer, along with the typical runner pants, smartwool PhD socks, and Solomon XA Pro Ultras (GTX). Twas a good Autumn day and can’t wait to do this hike again!
garmin 310xt readout: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/55625711