Ascent of Cucamonga Peak on 1999-10-04

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, October 4, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cucamonga Peak
    Elevation:8859 ft / 2700 m

Ascent Trip Report

To reach the trailhead exit I-15 at Sierra Ave. near Rancho Cucamonga and drive north on Lytle Creek Road for 1.5 miles. At this point turn left onto Forest Road 1N34, a dirt road heading up the mountain. This road is open only in the fall and winter months and requires a high-clearance vehicle up to the turnoff for the microwave site at 7.7 miles and four-wheel drive beyond. Stay on the main road until you reach the junction at the Big Tree Campground at about 11.6 miles. Drive a short distance through the camping area to the end of the road at a sign. UTM here is: 449050E, 3786440N on zone 11. The trail starts from here and heads northeast then after a switchback to the south curves around a basin and up to a ridge at 7080 feet with two small mining cabins. The trail then makes its way around the north side of a ridge and then heads south along the northeast side of the peak. There is a dilapidated sign indicating the route south up to the summit, but there is not a well-defined trail. The slopes are easy and the route straightforward up to the highest point. The entire route is about 10 miles round-trip with a gain of 3000 ft. At a reasonable pace one can reach the summit in about 4 hours. 10/99 RLC
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