I was fortunate to finally tag Cucamonga Peak today for the first time. I’ve had my eye on it for 2 years but for whatever reason, I waited until today to finally get out to this beautiful mountain.
My friends Sarah, Julie, and Cathy (and Cathy’s dog Taya) met up at REI at 6am and headed over to Icehouse Canyon in one car. At Icehouse, we met up with our friend Amber and her dog Kona. The temp was a bit cool, probably upper 50’s, but we immediately began the pleasant Icehouse Canyon hike and that got the body warmth going. Icehouse was pretty standard: pleasant rushing water rushing alongside the trail. We also saw some cool ladybugs all over a rock (see pic). I felt my body really struggling at about the 2.5 mile mark, just as we began the longer switchbacks up to the saddle, but I pushed onward. We didn’t go super fast – hitting the saddle at 2 hours – but it was an awful lot of fun. After pausing to take in a bit of food, we continued onward down the Cucamonga Peak trail. Just past Icehouse Saddle, a big old rattler was coiled up on the trail, but seemed more cold and lethargic than aggressive. We made our way around her and moved onward. We passed a strange pair of tunnels (old mines?) and, later, Cucamonga Saddle. Upon passing Cucamonga Saddle, the trail became steeper and the wind whipped up to 40-50 mph. My body still felt like crap and I hiked slowly but steadily. Amber and Julie ran ahead of us. We wound our way around the northwestern side of Cucamonga, overlooking Ontario and Bighorn, and then followed the trail further eastward and up the mountain. Finally, at about 4:30 into the hike, we reached the windswept summit of Cucamonga Peak at 8,8k and change. I took down some more calories and rested for about 15 minutes before beginning the long descent home.
Cucamonga is a beautiful summit and a really fun hike. I hope to head out there again sometime relatively soon and to also tag Etiwanda along the way.
Total Distance: 12.86 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,681 feet
Temperature: 50’s and 60’s the whole way
Terrain: Well established trail the whole way. Some slippery parts, some narrow parts, but pretty easy to follow.
Shaded/exposed:30% shaded, 70% exposed
Calories burned: 4,306
Estimate of calories consumed: 1300
Water consumed: 2.5 liters
Electrolyte beverage consumed: 8 oz of Hammer Heed/Perpetuem/Crystal Lite
Food consumed: 8 Hammer Gels, a pb&j probar
Backpack: Gregory z35
Shoes: Salomon Quest 4d boots
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Contour Elliptical