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The most accessible trailhead for hiking to Cucamonga Peak is Icehouse Canyon (near Mount Baldy) because it is a paved road leading to the trailhead. Forest Service Trail 7W07 leads from here to Icehouse Saddle, from which the Cucamonga Peak Trail (7W04) leads to the summit. This route is 12 miles (19.3 km) round trip, with 4,300 feet (1,300 m) of elevation gain. This trail is located in the Cucamonga Wilderness area. If you hike from the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead please obtain your wilderness permit from the Angeles National Forest, Baldy Ranger Station.
You can also reach Icehouse Saddle and the Cucamonga Trail by hiking up the Middle Fork Trail – see description for Trail 6W01. If you start from the Middle Fork Trailhead, please obtain your wilderness permit from the San Bernardino National Forest, Lytle Creek Ranger Station. The Middle Fork road is unpaved and high-clearance vehicles are recommended.
Hikers can also access the Cucamonga Peak Trail from the Joe Elliot Yellow Post Sites, located near the end of Forest Road 1N34 (San Sevaine Road). This road is unpaved and only open certain months of the year. The seasonal closure of Road 1N34 begins on March 1 and extends through Labor Day to protect important fawning habitat for mule deer, a Forest Service Management Indicator Species. The gate will be locked and the road closed to non-authorized vehicular access. The public is still welcome to use the road for hiking and biking, but no vehicle access. The road may also be closed due to high fire danger. Call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909-382-2851) for current road and trail conditions and wilderness permit availability. The portion of the trail from Joe Elliott to the peak is best for experienced hikers only as it is steep, rocky, exposed, and not maintained.
- Trail Measurement: 12 Miles Round Trip
- Compass Latitude: 34°13'53.7"N
- Compass Longitude: 117°35'34.8"W
- Numeric Latitude: 34.231584
- Numeric Longitude: -117.5930123
- Elevation in Meters: 2538
- Elevation in Feet: 8327
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