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17A

Sugarloaf Peak

6924'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 10 miles north of Upland, 45 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

Nearby Peaks: Ontario Peak, Bighorn Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2000'
Time: 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • 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.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5000'), trail 7W07 starts just to the right of the old Icehouse Lodge foundation. Hike up this trail about 1/2 mile to the first obvious switchback, a short one of only 20'.
  • Continue 100' beyond this short switchback to a stretch of trail buttressed with chicken wire support on the righthand side. This is turnoff for Sugarloaf Peak via Falling Rock Canyon. There may be ducks on and around the log at the turnoff point.
  • Leave the trail, cross the streambed, and go south up Falling Rock Canyon, turning right at about the 6200' contour and scrambling up a scree slope, to a saddle at the top (6700'). It is often necessary to bypass on the left a slippery waterfall near the beginning of the canyon.
  • Turn right and follow the ridge to the peak passing a false bump on the left.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

From Ontario Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2 miles one way cross-country
Gain: 200' plus 2000' of loss (descending to the trailhead at Icehouse Canyon requires an additional 2000' of loss)
Time: 1 hour one way
Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1969

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • See the Ontario Peak guide.
  • From the summit of Ontario Peak, retrace your route to the very next rock outcropping. Continue another 50' and turn left down the hill picking up a ridge, which goes down to the saddle southeast of Sugarloaf Peak (6700').
  • Go through the saddle and follow the ridge to the peak passing a false bump on the left.
  • To descend Falling Rock Canyon, follow the reverse of Route 1 back to the parking lot.

NOTE

Many hikers have taken the wrong ridge down from Ontario Peak and have had to negotiate high class 3 rock or have been forced to reclimb Ontario Peak. A map, compass, and good navigation skills are required!


SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Ontario Peak and Sugarloaf Peak are 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

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 3-April-2014
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