June 02, 2023

Backpacking Trip — Cucamonga Peak

An overnight backpacking trip with Usal.

Backpacking Trip — Cucamonga Peak

An overnight backpacking trip with Usal.

Event Details

Guided by

Dylan Mccoy


08:00am - 02:00pm


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About Dylan Mccoy

Dylan McCoy is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and self-proclaimed gear junkie who was born and raised in the shadow of Mt. Baldy, Southern California. His upbringing inspired exploration of the San Gabriel Mountain Range and has spent many years navigating its scenic trails, scaling its peaks, and uncovering its hidden gems. With his adventurous spirit and intimate knowledge of the area, Dylan is your ideal guide for an exciting overnight journey to Cucamonga Peak.


NOTE: Participants must have experience backpacking and camping in remote locations. By joining, you confirm that you have experience and are capable of handling this demanding trail. Your safety is of utmost priority.

Embark on a captivating overnight trip to Cucamonga Peak, nestled in the majestic San Gabriel Mountains. Named "Kukamungna" or "the place of many springs" by the native Tongva people. This challenging hike takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush Icehouse Canyon with its picturesque creek and historic stone cabins, to the breathtaking summit of Cucamonga Peak. At an elevation of 8,859 feet, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of surrounding mountains and the Los Angeles Basin. Experience the tranquility of nature as you camp near the peak, taking in the beauty of the environment and the vibrant colors of the sky during sunset and sunrise. This adventure showcases the awe-inspiring beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, perfect for experienced backpackers seeking a memorable outdoor experience with like minded individuals.

Difficulty: Cucamonga Peak is a strenuous and challenging 12-mile trail with 4150 feet of elevation gain, involving steep climbs, potential stream crossings, rocky terrain, and significant drops. Suitable for experienced backpackers only, it requires physical fitness, balance, and comfort with heights.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please review and ensure you meet the following requirements. By registering, you hereby certify that you meet all requirements provided below.

1. Completion of at least 1 overnight backpacking trip in a remote location.

2. Capability to comfortably carry a 30-40 lb backpack for up to 8 miles per day (up to 6 hours per day).

3. Prior experience hiking at high elevations.

4. A good to excellent overall physical fitness level.

5. No medical conditions or physical limitations that may affect your ability.

6. Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles.

7. CA campfire permit.

8. Ownership of a bear-resistant canister/bag and experience storing food in remote locations.

Disclaimer: While experienced and currently in training, Dylan McCoy is not a professional guide but an outdoor enthusiast. He will make every effort to share his knowledge, provide assistance, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. He will carry essentials such as a group first aid kit and satellite communicator which enables contact with first responders in case of an emergency. However, ultimate responsibility for your safety and well-being rests with you. Each participant must be prepared for the physical demands of the trip, carry their own gear and supplies, and be able to make informed decisions in a wilderness setting.

What's included

  • communal backpacking excursion
  • trail guide
  • pre-trip organization & itinerary
  • shared access to safety gear (satellite communicator, first aid kit, water filter)
  • one dehydrated dinner
  • 110g fuel canister
  • usal nalgene

What to bring

  • all backpacking gear (bag, sleep system, food making & storage, etc)
  • breakfast & lunch food (including trail snacks)
  • proper hiking clothing & shoes
  • water
  • sun protection