It started out with a last minute call asking to go on hike to Ontario Peak. I explained I had done that peak already this year and would prefer to do Cucamonga Peak instead. The day started with a light rain here in the City of Chino where I live and I actually thought to myself, should I cancel? I decided not to as I had checked Summit Weather and it showed it was sunny and windy up on top of the Cucamonga. We started the hike almost at noon time and it is a little late for this hike as it gets dark early but oh well, and decided to go ahead anyways. I have not been hiking much with this Pandemic and I could feel it especially in the last mile to the top. I have lost some speed and endurance. Either way, I was not going to quit and made it to the summit. The weather was a bit chilly and windy up there but fine with a few extra layers. There was an amazing sea of clouds as you will see in the pictures on this post. Total time with time spent on breaks and at the summit was 8:26 minutes but about 7:21 minutes hiking time. The air is clear of smoke and fresh and crisp. I really needed to get back out in nature and this hike although a rough start, was just what I needed.
The view of Popocatépetl from one of the trails going up Iztaccíhuatl today – 03-10-2020.
It is my first time in my life seeing a ash plume just shoot up into the sky multiple times. This was just one of many. It is always amazing to see the force of nature up close and personal. I don’t think anything man made can compare. I still find it amazing that a single volcano 🌋 can wreck havoc on everything and everyone. Studies have shown some of the biggest eruptions caused climate change around the world.
Iztaccíhuatl’s mountain is called “White Woman” (from Nahuatl iztāc “white” and cihuātl “woman”) because it resembles a woman lying on her back, and is often covered with snow — the peak is sometimes nicknamed La Mujer Dormida, “The Sleeping Woman”.
I managed to get to the first peak or Los Pies at about 15,565 feet according to my Runkeeper App. The mountain behind is Popocatépetl which is an active Volcano 🌋 which is constantly pushing ash plumes up to the sky and erupting frequently.
I finally decided to get back to hiking after being sick for about 4 weeks and not having hiked in that time. I decided to do a solo hike on Sunday September 22, 2019. I thought to myself, I can knock out two peaks – Ontario and Cucamonga on this one hike. Along the way, I ran into a few people and we kept passing each other here and there. I made a stop at the famous Saddle and there started talking to two guys and two girls. Jose, Fabian, Debbie, and Karla were all first timers going to Cucamonga. I decided to help lead the way up and ended up skipping Ontario Peak to help these new folks out by guiding them up. Karla was thinking of heading back down from the Saddle and I convinced her to keep going and she was very excited to have finally made it to the summit of Cucamonga Peak. Along the way, I saw a lot of the leaves already turning yellow and at the lower or beginning of the trail, there was a lot of bugs which disappeared as we climbed higher to the colder temperature. I ended up taking a bit longer than usual on this hike mostly due to stopping and waiting for the people I met. They all made it to the top and we had some snacks and took some pictures there. I always enjoy meeting new people on the trails and getting to know what motivates them as well as providing any information or guidance that I can. Hiking is not for everyone but for me it is the best activity I have found to stay active and get rid of personal and work related stress. This hike 12.5 miles and was started at 9:45 am and ended at 5:00 pm with a total of 7 hours and 15 minutes.
When my friend Daniel Guerrero asked if I was free to hike / run on Monday 9/23/2019, I was bit hesitant as I had just completed Cucamonga Peak on Sunday 9/22/2019. I was a bit sore and had been sick for about 4 weeks with a cold/flu and still coughing up a storm. I knew I had to get out there again as I had not been hiking for a while and everyone knows if you stop for a month, it is hard to get started again. I proposed to Daniel, we hike up to Mount Baden-Powell and he found another mountain near there called Ross Mountain. He wanted to hike to this one as well as it was one on his bucket list from a book he carries with him all the time. I was not sure I was going to be able to hike to both peaks but told him if I felt good, I would join him for the second peak. I amazingly enough felt very good Monday and was full of energy so we decided to hit up Ross Mountain after making it to Baden-Powell. I believe I did well all the way to the second peak but going back I started feeling tired and mostly because it was an uphill climb again to Baden-Powell from Ross Mountain. Overall, we climbed about 6,000 feet altogether doing these two peaks. We started at 7:27 am and finished at 3:51 pm or about 8 hours and 24 minutes including all breaks and time spent on both peaks. Overall I enjoyed this as I got to experience a new trail and new peak (Ross) which is not visited by many people. I am looking forward to seeing all the finishers next Sunday at the Six-Pack of Peaks Finisher Party!
I have been a bit behind on both completing the six pack of peaks and logging my hikes here. Today I finally had an opportunity to finish the hike I intended to do last week. I was planning on Hiking Ontario Peak and then shooting over to Cucamonga Peak but met up with some newbies who asked for me to take them up to Cucamonga. I ended up only doing Cucamonga last week but finished Ontario today. Since last week I started to see the leaves turning yellow and this week they were even more apparent. I took a few pictures of the leaves and fall colors on my way up. Today was a bit cloudy and colder. You can definitely tell the Fall Season is here. I started late at about 1:34 pm and finished at about 6:58 pm or about 5 hours and 24 minutes including breaks and time spent at the summit taking pictures. I was the last one on the summit but jogged down and passed about 3 other small groups going down from other areas. Overall Ontario Peak has great views but some were not available today due to the cloud cover and rolling fog. Anyways, looking forward to seeing everyone next Sunday at the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Finisher Party. I will be volunteering at a table if you’d like to ask about my trip to Kilimanjaro or any other hike. See you all soon!