Leaders: George Hubbard, Ron Barnes
Seventeen people (including two guests) met at Icehouse Resort for what was to be a very enjoyable outing. We were all set when up pulled Joyce Davis and Randy Bernard who were just recently engaged. Congratulations!
The walk up Icehouse Canyon was pleasant despite quite a bit of damage left from the floods of 1969. About 1/2 hour after leaving Columbine Spring the Assistant Leader went to take a picture when whoops! no camera. So the rest of us had a nice 30 minute rest basking in the sun at Icehouse Saddle while Ron had a little side trip back to Columbine to retrieve his camera.
When the group was again intact we followed the Cucamonga trail to Etiwanda and all were on the summit by 1:00 pm. We enjoyed the marvelous views although southland fires were much in evidence. The LaPuente fire actually broke out while we were on the summit and spread quickly. The smoke from the San Gabriel Canyon fire was very dense about 6 miles to the east. Fortunately the wind was blowing from the east so that the views were crystal clear all day.
After lunch we continued over to Cucamonga and were on the summit an hour later only to see still another fire break out -- this time near the Pomona fairground. It was about this time that the leaders were most grateful that there were no smokers on the trip. After a brief rest we headed down the mountain and upon reaching Cucamonga Saddle, Sam Fink led a three man party up the ridge to Bighorn. Meanwhile the rest of the group went over to Icehouse Saddle where some checked out and 5 eager beavers climbed Timber. After a 5 minute descent, we met the Bighorn group at the saddle and returned to Icehouse Resort for a beer to cap off a successful hike.