Three Tee’s Hike – 06/04/2016

Three T’s does not stand for 3 Tee Shirts. 😀 It resembles the 3 peaks that starts with a T in the Cucamonga Wilderness. Thunder Mountain (8,587 ft.) which is right beside Baldy Notch. Telegraph Peak (8,985 ft.), the tallest among the three. And Timber Mountain (8,303 ft.) that is closer to Icehouse Saddle. These 3 peaks sits right beside Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy). Adventure Pass for parking and Wilderness Permit for hiking are needed to experience the  Three Tees.

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Maglory Maza leads the hike with the help of the rest of the 3H (Hiking for Health and Happiness), Ricardo Cruz, Sergio Cruz, and Dora Cruz. I met the rest of the hikers (Lissinia Aguilar, Melevy Osorio-Sorto, Gil Figueroa, and Junie Wood) at Manker Flats at 5:30 am. Sergio has to park one car at Icehouse Canyon since our hike will end up there. I then brought him back to Manker Flats and started our hike at 6 am. A total of 9 hikers to embark in this adventure. We started our ascent from the entrance at Falls Road, passed by San Antonio Falls, then to the Baldy Road (fire road) and ended at Baldy Notch where we took a short break. This was the same way we did before when we and 50+ other hikers hiked Mt. Baldy a week ago on Memorial Day weekend. Ricardo also taught us how to breath and pacing while elevation is involved in hiking. It also reminded me how swimmers do the same thing.

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We then head out from Baldy Notch to Thunder Mountain. We saw the zip line area along the way. During winter months, this trail becomes a ski slope. You heard that right. We hiked that one to the top. Phew! At the top, we saw Mt. Baldy and the trail that leads to the top. And boy, that was steep as hell. At the end of the ski lift, which is also the peak of Thunder Mountain, we took group photos including Lissinia’s famous hiking heels. 😀 Its 4.7 miles from Manker Flats to Thunder Mountain. 

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After a break from our first peak. We then head over the next one which is Telegraph which is the tallest of the three T’s. As I looked at it from afar, another uphill battle but longer. 😀 The view was spectacular in between the 2 peaks. Lots of green manzanita leaves. At the top, the view was amazing. I later videoed the group singing happy birthday to Ricardo and Sergio’s sister Concepcion who is in Mexico. That was beautiful. It took me 3 times get the video right. I would be fired for being a videographer. 😀 We then head back down and stop at a shady area to take our lite lunch. At the same time, we exchanged stories among-st us. Thanks to Gil, we had beer. 😀 One can of beer didn’t affect us at all on our hike to the last peak. Ricardo also offered us halls. At first we said nah, it’s okay. Then he said it’s good when encountering elevation. We then quickly asked for some. 😀 

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Every sections of the Three Tee’s trail were beautiful. On our last push to the top of Timber Mountain was tiring after doing the other 2 peaks which were higher than this one. We ate some snacks. Ricardo gave us some iodized salt to prevent us from cramping which we all of us didn’t have. 🙂 

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From here on, the trail goes down all the way to Icehouse Saddle. The last time I was here was during the hike to Cucamonga Peak. Took our final group photos around a huge log and went on top of it. Thanks to Junie for catching the photo-op spot along the trail.

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This time it was a much faster pace going down. It took us 8 hours and 49 minutes to complete the three T’s hike with an elevation gain of 3,558 ft. A strenuous hike but doable depending on your pace. The weather was perfect until it started to get hot on our last descent to Icehouse Canyon. We congratulated everyone who partake on this fun hike. Sergio then drove some of us back to Manker Flats to get our cars and we said our goodbyes.

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