Mt. Baldy Visitor Center. As always, since this hike is in the San Bernardino National Forest you will need a Forest Adventure Pass. You can also get one at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center where you pick up your additional free wilderness permit.
Cucamonga Wilderness you will need to pick up an additional free wilderness permit from the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center. You can also get a Forest Adventure Pass at the Mt. Baldy Visitor Center where you pick up your additional free wilderness permit. Note, if you are doing this hike in the summer make sure to check the weather to see if thunderstorms are forecasted for the mountains in Southern California. If they are, make sure to begin your hike to Cucamonga Peak early enough to be done before thunderstorms build in the afternoon.
The hike up the Icehouse Canyon Trail is beautiful. It follows next to a stream much of the way to the Icehouse Saddle. Expect to find water in this stream for much of the year. Along the trail, until you reach the wilderness boundry, there are residential cabins. There are also ruins of cabins that have either burnt down in fires or that have been washed away by the run-off in the canyon. The hike is a steady uphill the entire way to the Icehouse Saddle.
Santa Ana Mountains, of Mt. San Gorgonio, of Mt. San Jacinto, and some of the San Diego Mountains on a clear day. You will also have views of the high deserts of Southern California and the San Gabriel Mountains.
Mt. Baldy. Both Ashley and I would highly recommend this hike to others. You might also consider doing a training hike before this hike, if you are more susceptible to altitude or are not used to doing a 12 mile hike.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 3,939 ft. (Strenuous), Distance: 12 Miles Roundtrip (Strenuous).
Time to Complete Hike: 6.5 - 7.5 hours.
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