Cucamonga Peak Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California

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Cucamonga Peak Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Cucamonga Wilderness and San Bernardino National Forest. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 7,566 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,082 feet. The trail ends near the Icehouse Saddle and Cucamonga Peak (elevation 8,842 feet). There are also information guideposts near the end of the trail.
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Cucamonga Peak Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Cucamonga Wilderness and San Bernardino National Forest. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 7,566 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,082 feet. The trail ends near the Icehouse Saddle and Cucamonga Peak (elevation 8,842 feet). There are also information guideposts near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Three Ts Trail, Ontario Peak Trail, Middle Fork Trail and Big Tree Cucamonga Road.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: San Bernardino National Forest
Distance: 7.7
Elevation Gain: 2,082 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,566 feet
Top Elevation: 8,859 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Cucamonga Peak Trail
Parks: San Bernardino National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 7458/8859 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7566/7566 ft
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Hiking Southern California

Hiking Southern California

This rewarding trip takes hikers from the upper reaches of San Antonio Canyon through the heart of the Cucamonga Wilderness to the landmark pyramid of Cucamonga Peak, where panoramic vistas unfold. The San Gabriel Mountains are part of California’s Transverse Ranges province. These ranges extend east-west across the framework of California’s predominantly northwest-southeast–trending mountains and valleys. The Transverse Ranges province is approximately 300 miles long, stretching from the Eagle and Pinto Mountains of Joshua Tree National Park in the east to Point Arguello near Santa Barbara in the west.Typically, the highest terrain lies near the eastern terminus of each of the mountain ranges constituting this province. Cucamonga Peak stands high on the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains, soaring out of the deep gash of the San Andreas Rift Zone.This flat-topped “volcano-shaped” mountain is a familiar landmark to many southern Californians and is one of the most remote mountains in the range.The shortest route to its lofty summit involves a minimum 6 miles of hiking and thousands of feet of elevation gain. But hikers who complete this strenuous trip are rewarded with sweeping vistas of a large portion of southern California. The subalpine forest of weather-beaten lodgepole pine on this flat, sandy summit offers a cool respite from oppressive summertime heat in the valleys below. Hikers relaxing on the summit often see a variety of soaring raptors riding the strong thermals that often sweep the slopes of the peak. Usually taken as a day hike, this trip can be extended by an overnight stay in Cedar Glen or Kelly Camp, both of which have water.

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

Ontario and Cucamonga Peaks form an imposing wall overlooking the western end of the Inland Empire. They rise more than a vertical mile from the endless subdivisions at the 2000-foot base to the summits at almost 9000 feet. Cucamonga Peak is another of the classic climbs of Southern California. It is named for the Cucamonga Rancho, established in the valley below in 1839 by Tiburcio Tapia. The ranch, in turn, got its name from the Tongva/Shoshonean word kukill-mongo, whose meaning is uncertain. The easiest way to the summit is to hike to Icehouse Saddle, then follow a good trail to the summit.

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May 2018