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Cucamonga Peak

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 12.2 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 4200 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 8,860 ft.

Difficulty Level - Strenuous

Trailhead - Link

 

Track

 

  

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Description

   

In many respects, Cucamonga Peak is just another summit in the Angeles National Forest. If you have been on any of the numerous hiking trails to other famous peaks, you have see similar vistas, similar flora and similar fauna (aka none!). 

   

But here are a few salient features.

 

There is a creek that runs along the initial part of the trail.

Some abandoned stone structures dot the canyon floor close to the trailhead.

They are what remain of a once active ice-packing business.

Beyond Icehouse Saddle, there is a small hole in the mountain side. 

Some steel cables lie around nearby. An abandonded mineshaft perhaps?

Trail registers at the summit. No marker though. At least I haven't found one.

 

The hike is generally busy upto Icehouse Saddle. Few seem to venture beyond.

      

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

July 19th, 2009

    

Started from San Diego - 4:45 am

Started from Trailhead - 7:25 am

Reached the summit - 12:30 pm

Started back - 1:40 pm

Reached Trailhead - 4:30 pm

   

Photos - Link 

     

Notes -

 

Sesh. K, Vaishnav. V and I started driving from San Diego at 4:45 am.

 

It was a hot day and I had loaded up my daypack in order to train for my Mt. Whitney hike later in the summer. We all agreed that this hike turned out to be excellent training and not much else. Perhaps we would have enjoyed it more if it had been sooner in the season. Next time, maybe. 

  

    

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