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Heading to Cucamonga Peak

Peak Summited2020 Cucamonga Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadIcehouse Canyon Trailhead
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

After four weeks of doing no hiking and strenuous exercises, due to a hernia surgery I had to undergo, I finally got back to hiking!  So, I hit the trail and I hiked up to Cucamonga Peak.  I started at 7:00 am.  The first three miles was shaded.  I had so much energy the first three miles.  Along the way were water flowing through the stream, old stone cabin ruins, giant fallen trees and interesting giant rock boulders.  But, things changed when I reach Icehouse Saddle and about to enter Cucamonga Peak Trail.  The descent was steep, long and brutal.  Especially since I have not done any hiking and physical activities due to my surgery.  But, I made it!  The biggest let down was the poor visibility of the LA and Inland Empire view due to the smoke from the Ranch 2 fire and the haze.  I had to head back down quickly to avoid being in a thunderstorm because there was thick clouds heading to the summit.  Because I did not give myself enough time to rest, I hurt my left knee.  So, I struggle hiking downhill all by myself.  Luckily, I brought with me my knee supports and some Ibuprofen.  I finally reach the trailhead almost 4:30 pm.  I will go back to do this hike again on a clear day so I can enjoy the LA and Inland Empire view and the trail scenery.  The view of Mount Baldy from Cucamonga Peak is an amazing sight.  By the way, it didn't rain.  It got sunny and hot.

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