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Wilderness Permit Req'd
Lytle Creek Ranger Station
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
(909) 887-2576
NF Adventure Pass Req'd

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You are here: Home : Hiking Last Updated on 01/11/2003    
Diff: Rating 7/10
Scenic: Rating 7/10
Tech: Rating 2/10
Cucamonga Peak Ridge
         from San Sevaine Flats
Location: San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino National Forest, Southern California
Region: Lytle Creek Region
Wilderness: Cucamonga Wilderness
Total Distance: 15 Mi
Elevation Gain: 4,300 Ft
Season: April-Nov
Type: Out & Back
Start Elev: 5,550 Ft
Peak Elev: 8,386 Ft

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on 01/11/2003
Driving Directions
From Hesperia, Take I-15 south. Continue on I-15 after the I-215 fork. Exit at Sierra Ave. Make a right at the stop sign and head towards Lytle Creek. You are now on Lytle Creek Road. Stay on this road for approximately 1.5 miles until you get to the gated forest road on your left. The gate is generally closed, although it is opened sometimes. If the gate is closed, add about 17 miles round trip onto the distance quoted above. If it is opened drive up the road about 8.5 miles (or further if you can) and park just past San Sevaine Flats. This is a little distance past the side road that goes to the radio tower. If you can keep driving, you can drive about 3 miles further to the Joe Elliot Tree Campground and park here. A National Forest Adventure Pass is require to park.
Hike up the road to the Joe Elliot Tree Campground. Go into the campground and follow the road that passes by the large fallen Joe Elliot Sugar Pine. At the end of this road is the Cucamonga Peak trail that leads into the Cucamonga wilderness (no vehicles). From the trailhead, it is about 6 miles to Cucamonga Peak. We only made it to the 8386' peak on the Ridge up to Cucamonga Peak because of time limitations.
The hike up the road 1N34 is easy. The trail has quite a few switchbacks. It goes across this one rocky ridge below and on the side of the Cucamonga Peak Ridge. This ridge was pretty icy when we were up there so we climbed over all the piles of rocks instead of staying on the trail to avoid the ice. At the end of this ridge we just cut up the side of the mountain instead of staying on the trail because the trail was too covered in snow.
Trail Condition
The condition of the trail is okay; it is not used a lot and is not the greatest, but it certainly is a trail and it's easy to follow.
Additional Elevation & Distance Information
The next main peak on the ridge is at 8662 feet. Cucamonga peak is the next main peak on the ridge after that at 8859 feet.
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