April 23, 2006

Cucamonga Wilderness Traverse

It's that happy but busy time of year now where everything skiable is starting to look good...get it before it's gone.

I've finally put together a trip report from my recent tour in the Cucamonga Wilderness, right after an April-Fool's storm dropped two feet of snow all the way down to 5000'.

I decided to skin up Ice House Canyon and then traverse the ridgeline connecting Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak. This turned out to be a long, strenuous tour, but it showcases the beauty and remoteness of the Cucamonga Wilderness in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains.

As for the skiing, the descent was an unexpected delight: fresh powder on intermediate, rolling, marvelously-open terrain (trip report).

NOTE: images in this new trip report are now clickable, thanks to technology pilfered from

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