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Cucamonga Peak

Peak Summited2020 Cucamonga Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadIcehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail
EncounteredFall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We tried to drive up to the trailhead early, as this is a popular hiking trail. We managed to start at around 6:30 AM and there were already a lot of people in the parking lot. A wilderness permit was required, which could be filled out at the trailhead. It was a cold day, reaching to around 40F and it had just snowed the week prior. Going up, there were a lot of big groups, which made pace slightly slower, but the views and trail were really nice. There were patches of ice/snow on the way up that were not bad, but we had heard of portions of the trails being completely covered in ice, so we brought microspikes and poles. We reached the Icehouse Saddle, which was filled with people eating and taking a breather. The trail separated to several trails, but we followed the one to Cucamonga Peak. It was during this portion where the snow/ice became more abundant. We put on our spikes and it made the hike way easier. The patches of ice were really slippery, which would have made this hike a nightmare. The uphill was gradual, although there were portions that were steep. At the top, there was an area that had a piece of rock jutting out, which made for really cool pictures, along with the sign. The view was great, offering views of the cities below. The way down from the top went way faster, thanks to the microspikes. The whole hike took about 9 hours, which was perfect for the early sunsets in November. A great hike and my favorite so far in the 5 hikes that we have done.

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