Ascent of Ontario Peak on 2012-11-24

Climber: Brian Richardsson

Others in Party:ucimc'er tg
Date:Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ontario Peak
    Elevation:8693 ft / 2649 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun late fall hike through Icehouse Canyon and up two peaks. Got an early start, before seven, just as light was starting to break. We took a couple quick breaks but otherwise made decent time up to the saddle, and then headed off to Ontario peak. Up through Kelly's Camp and on to the trail junction, we made good time, only stopping a couple times to take some nice shots of the Baldy Bowl.

Finally hit Ontario Peak and took more pictures and had lunch. Headed off down the trial back to the trail junction, and then kept going along the ridge line up towards Bighorn.

At this point I should note that first third of the mile or so, it was quite easy to find the trail, despite multiple sources that I had read on line saying the use trail was faint. Turns out, right after mentioning to myself that the trail was quite obvious, it started to fade in spots. It's pretty simple, however: just keep going "up" and you can't really get lost.

We hit Bighorn, but couldn't find the summit register. The cairn and my GPS told me we were in the right place, but we poked around and couldn't find anything. C'est la vie.

So we headed off from the summit, and instead of going back to the trail junction, we decided to short-cut cross-country. I had read enough trip reports to know it was possible, so I printed out a topo and carried it along. From the summit it's a brief jog due east, and then northeast, and then basically straight north to Icehouse Saddle. We tacked a little too far east, however, and wound up coming down on the trial to Cucamonga, just east of the saddle. It was never really dangerous, just a little loose in some places. Oh well, live and learn!

After that, it was smooth sailing down the trial. The hardest part was after I filled up three gallons of water from Columbine Spring to take out. That much water is a pain to carry at the end of a semi-longish day!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3893 ft / 1186 m
    Total Elevation Loss:713 ft / 216 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3813 ft / 1162 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3733 ft / 1138 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:Icehouse Canyon Trail
    Start Trailhead:Icehouse Canyon TH  4960 ft / 1511 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:633 ft / 192 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 553 ft / 168 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Ontario Peak Trail to Bighorn Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:Ontario / Bighorn Saddle  8140 ft / 2481 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012-11-24 hike (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ontario Peak2012-11-24 a3893 ft / 1187 m
2Bighorn Peak2012-11-24 b301 ft / 92 m
Total Trip Gain: 4194 ft / 1279 m    Total Trip Loss: 4194 ft / 1278 m

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