|Trailhead||Icehouse Canyon trail|
Another beautiful day and weather in CA to hike Cucamonga Peak (#4 on my list). We ( Vicky, Evelyn, Justin and Noel) started our ascent in the dark at 5:30 am. It was my first time starting a trail at night. I am glad we did. It feels completely different. I could ear water rushing on my right side but I could not see anything. The trail is definitely feels long and challenging. I was doing very well until Icehouse Saddle. Then as we started the climb for Cucamonga Peak , I had hard time with some of the narrow and more technical areas especially in the descent. I quickly get vertigo if I look down from a great height, so I was very careful. We stopped several times, to look at what Nature has to offer, flowers, bugs, rocks, birds, squirrels, chipmunks and yes a bighorn sheep! The peak offers breathtaking views and a nice rest for our legs. The descent was more challenging for me because of my vertigo I decided to attack the steep trail very cautiously. At that time they were a lot of people hiking up the peak. It makes me feel happy to see all these people out there, because the more people hike mountains the more we will protect nature and forests! In our descent I saw what I couldn’t see but only ear in the morning. The creek and its rushing water, enchanted ruins and giants stairs 🙂 Overall, an amazing hike with amazing friends.