4th Of July On Cucamonga Peak Final John Muir Trail Training 07.04.15

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This Saturday I finished hike number 35/52 for the 52 Hike Challenge in 2015. This was also my final training hike before starting the John Muir Trail. It was great to be able to spend the 4th of July at the summit of Cucamonga Peak and watch the fireworks exploding from high above. For this hike, I was joined by Julia, Isla, and Lilly.

Cucamonga Peak
Cucamonga Peak

Having spent the 4th of July at this summit a few times now, I was shocked to see how many tents were pitched when we arrived. The past few years, there may have been 2 or 3 other groups. There were at least 15 tents pitched this time around. It was really cool to see so many people, and even better to hear a few of them say they first read about this microadventure on my blog. It’s always a great feeling to know these posts help inspire.

Cucamonga Peak
Tents At The Summit
Cucamonga Peak
More Tents

We pitched our tent on the isolated strip of land on the north side of the peak that faces Etiwanda Peak. There was only one other tent on that side, so it made for a great campsite.

Cucamonga Peak
Our Site

After pitching the tent, we took a walk around and said hello to a lot of the people at the summit. The sun was just starting set and we could hear the firework shows beginning. It wasn’t long before the sky went black, and blasts of light began to populate the scene below.

Cucamonga Peak
Sunset
Cucamonga Peak
The Show Begins

I woke up early the next morning to catch the sunrise and it was ever so worth it. The sun crept slowly up the back of Etiwanda Peak, as a thick blanket of fog clung close to the ground in the valley.

Cucamonga Peak
Morning Fog At Daybreak
Cucamonga Peak
The Sun Rises

Isla and Lilly love camping on this north stretch of land because it gives them a racetrack to spring back and forth. For some reason, they do this every morning when we camp up here!

Cucamonga Peak
Isla Being Good
Cucamonga Peak
Before Lilly Decided to Venture Out

We took a few more shots of the sunrise and then made our way back down. A great final training hike before the JMT. I’m really starting to look forward to it!

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sileas
5 years ago

Awesome 4th July! And the dogs are really cute!

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  sileas

Thank you!

phoebe
5 years ago

fantastic shots!

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  phoebe

Thanks, Phoebe!!

Jeff Hester
5 years ago

Great photos, Drew! Have a great time on your JMT trip. I’m heading up to Yosemite this weekend to hike my third segment of “other” JMT — the Theodore Solomons Trail.

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Hester

Thanks, Jeff! Have fun up on the Theodore Solomons Trail. I’ve been following your exploration of the first two segments and am looking forward to your post on the third!

alofoss
5 years ago

Great photos! Your dogs are precious

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  alofoss

Thank you!

Grainne
5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful photos! It sounds like the perfect way to spend the 4th of July.

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  Grainne

Thank you! It was a great day!

Laurie A. Ferris
5 years ago

Great photos. What type of camera do you use? Your dogs are adorable!

Drew
5 years ago

Thanks! I use a Sony a6000.

gabigabs111
5 years ago

Beautiful destination.

nicolleread
5 years ago

Spectacular scenery and awesome photos, looks amazing 🙂

Uneven Tread
5 years ago

Beautiful.

claudiacamina
5 years ago

You sure LOOK like you’re ready for the John Muir!

Drew
5 years ago
Reply to  claudiacamina

haha, thanks!

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