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Cucamonga Peak On A Hot Summer Day

Peak Summited2021 Cucamonga Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadIce-House Canyon Trailhead
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

After having hiked Mt. Baldy the previous weekend, we were both excited and nervous on hiking Cucamonga. We arrived at a full parking lot but got lucky as an early bird hiker was kind enough to signal us to his spot as he was leaving. We knew it was going to be a hot day and were prepared unlike our hike to Baldy. The trees along the trail to ice-house canyon offered enough shade to protect us from the already hot sun. We felt strong during our hike as we made good progress. We reached ice-house canyon where we took a break to rest and snack. This is where we spotted a juvenile rattler crossing the trail and finding his way into an opening under a large tree. Though we are no fans of snakes the up close view highlighted the beauty of it. After the rest we continued onto the summit. The day got hotter and as we got above the tree line the sun was beating down on us. By noon we were at the top where we were greeted by fellow hikers. After a few pictures and taking in the views we settled under a tree to have out lunch and much needed break. The hike down was fast. With a brief stop at ice-house canyon we reached our car tired but not beat.

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