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4th of July on Cucamonga Peak 7.4.13

The Star Spangled Banner, Fireworks, the 1812 Overture, Air Shows — all commemorations of War–NDT. For our 4th of July, we made our way back up to the summit of Cucamonga Peak. This time around, we started early at 5:45 AM and reached the top at 9:00. Having the entire day at the summit felt like a full vacation. We found the perfect spot for camping, with flat ground and plenty of tree cover. We read all day and only interrupted our book time with a few meal breaks. There were about 5 day hikers who made it to the top, and a total of 6 others with plans like ours to spend the night.


The inland valley was crystal clear by the time night fell, with sky streamers of purple and pink giving way to a crisp night sky. By 9:00 PM, it was easy to see which cities allowed fireworks, Rancho and Upland were dead quite, meanwhile Fontana was blasting off like a war zone. There were major shows at Quakes Stadium, Upland High School, and a location in Chino. In the distance, we could see the shows at Disneyland, and a few in Los Angeles.

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

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