Cucamonga Peak Trail (7W04)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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 recommended 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 recommended 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. **Please note that the map below reflects this third trailhead option.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Snow and ice conditions on exposed sections of this trail are very dangerous at this time of year. Visitors should take extreme caution and only go with proper gear (e.g. traction decies, ice axe, etc.) and experience/training using that gear.
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Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Permit Info: Day use permits will be required beginning September 1, 2020.
Restrictions: No campfires are allowed in the Cucamonga Wilderness
Closest Towns: Lytle Creek, Fontana
Restroom: Vault toilet at Icehouse Canyon and Middle Fork Trailheads
Information Center:
Front Country Ranger District
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
1-909-382-2851 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

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