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Cucamonga Peak


Location: San Bernardino County, about 8 miles north of Upland, 45 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: Angeles National Forest
USGS Topo: Cucamonga Peak 7½, Mt Baldy 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Etiwanda Peak

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 14 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4200'
Time: 8-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, May 1969


  • Take the 210 freeway east to Baseline Road exit in the City of Claremont. Turn left (west) at the bottom of the off-ramp onto Baseline Road.
  • Almost immediately, take the first right (north) onto Padua Ave.
  • Go 1.8 miles north on Padua to the intersection with Mount Baldy Rd. Turn right (northeast).
  • Take this road northeast and then north about seven miles to Mt. Baldy Village.
  • Continue another two and a half miles (through Baldy Village) to a fork at Icehouse Canyon. Turn right.
  • Go a short distance to a parking lot. Park here.

Note: There is a good parking lot for ridesharing in this area. To get there, after turning west on Baseline Road, continue past Padua Avenue a short distance to Mills Avenue. Turn north on Mills, and continue to Mt. Baldy Road. The parking lot is at the northeast corner of this intersection.


  • From the parking area (5000'), trail 7W07 starts just to the right of the old Icehouse Lodge foundation.
  • Hike up this trail about 3/4 mile to a trail junction with the Chapman Trail.
  • Continue straight up the canyon past Columbine Spring to another junction with the Chapman Trail.
  • Turn right and follow the trail up to Icehouse Saddle. It is also possible to take the Chapman Trail. It adds about 1 1/2 miles to Icehouse Saddle.
  • Take trail 7W04 which goes southeast toward Cucamonga Peak.
  • Follow it along the east side of Bighorn Peak, through a saddle, and up switchbacks.
  • At the top of the switchbacks there is a trail junction with a sign "Cucamonga Peak". Take the trail to the right up to the summit.


Cucamonga Peak is in the Cucamonga Wilderness. A permit is required. Applications are available on the trail just past the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead. Fill it and drop in the box, or contact the USFS Mt. Baldy Schoolhouse Visitor Center in Mt. Baldy Village at (909) 982-2829 (8:00 am to 4:30 pm). A permit can be obtained in advancy be writing to:

San Gabriel River Ranger District
Angeles National Forest
110 North Wabash Avenue
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 335-1251
Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 13 miles round trip
Gain: 3200'
Time: 7-8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968


  • Take I-10 east and I-15 north to Sierra Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp.
  • Go 1.6 miles to a dirt road on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.0 mile, junction at a power line. Go straight.
  • At 5.6 miles, fork with 1N36 (closed) on the left. Keep straight.
  • At 7.7 miles, fork. Keep straight. (This is the turnoff for San Sevaine.)
  • At 9.5 miles, fork. Keep right. (This is the parking spot for Buck Point.)
  • At 11.6 miles, fork. Turn right into the Joe Elliot Tree Memorial. Park here.

The road may become too rough for 2WD vehicles past the 8.2 mile point.


  • From the parking area (about 6000'), hike up the road which becomes a trail.
  • At the Wilderness boundary, the trail forks. Take the right fork.
  • Continue to about 8300' where the trail reaches a saddle south of elevation 8386'. This is the turnoff for Etiwanda Peak.
  • Continue on the trail another 1 3/4 miles to a trail fork with a sign "Cucamonga Peak". Take the left fork up to the summit.


The road from Sierra Avenue is closed except in the fall season. Contact the USFS (see below) for details.


Cucamonga Peak is in the Cucamonga Wilderness. A permit is required. If you are starting from the Joe Elliot Tree Memorial, call ahead or write to:

Lytle Creek Ranger Station
San Bernardino National Forest
Star Route 100
Fontana, CA 92336
(909) 887-2576


This summit is named for the great Rancho Cucamonga (est. 1839) in the valley to the south. That, in turn, is an old Shoshonean place name which anthropologists tell us could mean any of (1) sandy place, (2) place of many springs, or (3) lewd woman, from a legend that an Indian Chief sent his wayward daughter to live on the peak.

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Published 4-April-2014
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