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2018-2nd Summer Peak: Cucamonga/3Ts via IceHouse Cny/Mtns Training-Levels 2+/3+

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May 12 6:30AM - 3:30PM

THIS IS NOT INTRODUCTION TO HIKING (not for Beginners or Occasional Hikers) The 2nd Mountains Hike in the prep series for mountain hikes. Know your limits! Icehouse Canyon is a nice trail for Intermediate Hikers those like to try mountain trails for a change. The hike requires a group Wilderness Permit, only sign up if you mean to join PLEASE!

General Rating/Difficulty: Levels 2+ to3+ STRENUOUS, moderate-fast pace, for distance, elevation and speed; Click RATING TABLE to read more about difficulty levels.

Terrain and Altitude will apply to this hike: dirt, gravel, loose rocks and crossing stream, going from 4960ft to 7580 ft (Icehouse Saddle) to 8858 ft (Cucamonga) or 8300+, 8500+, 8900+ for 3Ts (Timber, Thunder, Telegraph)

Photos from previous years

***June 2017 photos

***June 2016 photos

***June 2012 photos

***June 2011 photos


Highlights: Splendid high country, wilderness, natural springs along Icehouse Canyon trail, waterfalls and breathtaking peak with a 360-degree view
Near: Mt Baldy, CA
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous fitRegular ConditioningHikers
Distance:7 to 14.5 miles

Duration: at least3 to 7 hours
Elevation Gain:5500+ft
Adventure Pass: Required!

GOOD TO KNOW & Essentials:10 hiking Essentials, wear hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring water, snacks and a light lunch. There is warning about poison oak on the trails


6:30 -6:45 AM meet at trailhead and drop off car for shuttle

7:00 AM start hiking


Hike 1: Out and back 7.2 miles RT with 2,600 feet of vertical gain for intermediate hikers who plan to hike to Icehouse Saddle. About 3-5 hours with a break for lunch. Please indicate when RSVP if you will hike Icehouse Canyon only and you'll return back with or without anyone taking that route, as the main group will do the loop.

Hike 2: Loop 14.5 miles RT, 5500+ft elevation gain. Continue from Icehouse Saddle to Cucamonga peak (out and back 5 miles RT). Back to the saddle, continue to 3Ts: Timber, Thunder and Telegraph Peaks (loop back via Baldy Notch and down to Manker Flats via ski lift. One way ticket down is $12)

The 3Ts Trail Map: LINK

Cucamonga Peak Trail Map: LINK

Cucamonga Peak Trail Weather: LINK

Historic Icehouse Canyon is one of favorite places to hike. The scenery is stunning. Precipitous canyon walls rise steeply into the blue sky. Soaring peaks and ridges contour the skyline. Huge boulders dot the canyon bottom. A year-around creek provides a delightful soundtrack. Majestic fir, pine, and cedar reach to the sky while alder, oak and sycamore fill out a shady canopy in places. Snow can linger in shadowy recesses long into the spring and early summer. Old cabins and cabin ruins sprinkled along the lower canyon remind hikers of a simpler yesteryear.

At an elevation of 8,859 feet, Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views of the inland empire, yet the trail up gives you the true wilderness experience. This hike has been described as "one of the very best hikes and peaks in the San Gabriel's." Most of the trail lies within the Cucamonga Wilderness 12,781 acres of pristine high country dominated by 8,000-foot peaks, deep canyons, and rich conifer forest.

3Ts Mountains: 13 miles RT loop, Telegraph Peak (8985') stands as the crowning glory of the celebrated Three T's, with Thunder Mountain (8587') to its north, and Timber Mountain (8303') to its south. This trio of peaks rests along the ridge southeast of Mt. Baldy and south of Baldy Notch and treats you to some of the most superb high country in the San Gabriel's Mountains The hike begins in Icehouse Canyon, the hikers' gateway to the eastern high country and the Cucamonga Wilderness. Its broad, V shaped portal leads east from San Antonio Canyon, 10 miles north of Mt. Baldy Village, and climbs 2600' to Icehouse Saddle, a prominent gap on the great Telegraph Ontario Ridge. The saddle is a major trail junction, with routes leading in four directions. From the saddle we'll follow the trail up to first Timber Mountain, coming back down to Telegraph: Spectacular 360-degree view, far better than Thunder. To the east, San Gorgonio (10,499) and San Jacinto (10,804) majestically rose above the haze, 46 and 62 miles away. To the south, beyond Cucamonga Peak, rose Saddleback (Modjeska Pk. 5496 and Santiago Pk. 5687) 40 miles away. Looking north, we could clearly see the trail coming up from Stockton Flat to Baldy Notch. We can have lunch here or finish our roller coaster with Thunder Peak, then rest and coming back down Manker Flats via Ski lift trail and stop by San Antonio Falls or those who like to take it easy, take the ski lift down (save 3.6 miles)

DIRECTIONS: Carpooling is recommended as this is a heavy usage trail, and a National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking.

CARPOOL LOCATION: we will leave the Park and Ride at 5:30 AM

More info for <a>'>Orange Park and Ride</a>

***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865***

Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street

Driving Direction to the trailhead: Take the 60, 10 or 210 take exit 52 toward Baseline Rd, turn left to E. Baseline Rd in Upland/Ontario. Exit and travel North (towards the mountains - you can't miss them.) Take a firstright into Padua Ave, slight right on this road until you come to Mt. Baldy road. You need to turn right and follow this road past the Baldy Trout Ponds, until you see a sign for Icehouse Canyon Road, you continue straight, even though it is a right turn off the main road. Park in a large parking lot.

REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***



***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

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