February 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm #89552David RParticipant
Just a quick update on the Ice House Canyon trail to Cucamonga Peak…
Went up yesterday, lots of snow, even below IHC Saddle. Doable in normal hiking boots/shoes, you might slip and slide a bit. Beyond the saddle, as usual, is a different story. We went with crampons and axes and was still slow going. The normal ‘trail’ is not visible, so it really amounts to you piecing together your own traverse in a lot of spots. We followed someone else’s tracks for a while, which did lead the correct way, but winds up and down quite a bit so we did some of our own trailblazing. We got to the Saddle between Bighorn and Cucamonga at 1pm. Judging by how long that had taken us (2 hours from IHC Saddle) we opted not to hit the summit, as that would have probably added another hour minimum, and we didn’t feel like traversing back around Bighorn as the snow hardened and iced up in the shade. An earlier start would have made the difference.
Anyways just a heads up, it’s steep and slick back there, and tons of snow. We both self arrested a couple simple falls descending some 45-50 degree slopes. It’s totally manageable but I would recommend an early start and crampons/axe for sure.
Will be back to close that one out, happy hiking!
DaveMarch 2, 2017 at 9:48 am #89716Yolanda NParticipant
Thank you for the update! Great descriptions of the trail conditions!March 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm #89740David RParticipant
For sure! Hope it was helpful. Just went back to the summit today and posted today’s conditions in my log…(exactly the same as last week 🙂March 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm #90324SUSANA CParticipant
Thanks a lot! I was wondering about the conditions. 🙂March 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm #90409Dean DParticipant
Anyone gone up recently? I’m looking t log up Sunday. I saw a post Jeff made recently in another stream. I’ll check that again.April 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm #331842NORMA SParticipant
Thank you for a detailed update, I’m planning to go up on 4/22/17 with a group of 8-10, hopefully we can submit, if not I’m sure it’ll still be a fun hikeApril 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm #383386Kenny VParticipant
Summited Cucamonga Peak on 4/15/2017 with a group of 5 friends with trekking poles and wearing microspikes. It took us about 1 1/2 hour to navigate straight up the slope of 1000 ft uncharted path of snow to the peak. I’m assuming at least half of the snow would be gone in a couple of weeks.April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm #383825laura gParticipant
Has anyone been up in the past week? Planning on going this Saturday (29th) and am curious about the snow issue.
thanks!April 30, 2017 at 8:20 am #383903laura gParticipant
Summited Cucamonga Peak on 4/29/17 – did not need microspikes as the snow was soft enough to grip with trail shoes. We lost the trail a few times but finally made it to the summit where the wind was much less intense. It was very cold and windy (started at 7:30 am from Ice House Canyon) total hiking time was 8 hours and 17 minutes.May 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm #384039Lora WParticipant
Were there just patches of snow during your hike or long segments? Hoping to summit this Saturday. Thanks!May 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm #384364Dani WParticipant
Did anyone do Cucamonga this last week? We are headed up tomorrow Thursday, May 11. Wanted to know any new updates.May 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm #384417Jesse HParticipant
I’ll be headed up next weekend. How were the conditions Dani?May 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm #384444Dani WParticipant
Hi Jesse, Conditions were epic. Little bit of snow on ground but no spikes needed just patches close to the peak. Clear blue skies.May 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm #384566Kristi OlguinParticipant
Anyone interested in joining me to Hike Cucamonga Peak this Friday May 19th? I am not very fast (about 35 minute miles). I am hoping to be at the trailhead by 7:30am. You will need a permit and Adventure Pass.
KristiMay 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm #384710Matthew BParticipant
Anyone gone within the last few days that can report whether the trail is doable or not? Planning on going up tomorrow the 20th. Thanks!
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