The CUBE

We started at the second parking lot from mt. Umunhum road. The trail was well maintained and wide enough for the two of us to…

Mt. Diablo lives up to it’s name!

We were expecting a 13 mile hike….it was more like 16 miles. Getting to the summit was a very hard hike–a lot of steep incline…

#4 of 6

Relatively easy hike with nice views.

Diablo del Diablo

Difficult ascent – kept thinking the peak was around the corner but then there was another hill to go up. Trekking poles are a good…

Mt Um

The trail was not technical at all and way easier than I expected. It was a really great hike with my family, and I was…

Fires and Fitness on Helena

I got back to working out more seriously a few months ago. I was wondering if I could test myself with this peak. How fast…

Devil Worshiper!

I absolutely loved this hike! We took the route described on SoCal hiker, going up via Twin Peaks and Eagle Peak, and then returning via…

Diablo Day Hike

This was a very fun, challenging hike, with lots of different terrains to make for an adventurous day with views of THE WHOLE BAY!  And…

Mt Diablo It Is!

This was a really tough climb.  Prospectors Gap is a beautiful but challenging single track and once you get to the end of it there…

Sunrise on Rose Peak – 6 of 6!

Hiked up and up and up and then up some more to Maggie’s Half Acre. Was NOT expecting TEMPS TO DROP into the 30’s at…

Mt. St. Helena Rocks!

This is our (@hound-of-mt-sizer and me) fifth hike and was my favorite peak yet! It reminded me of hiking in the high Sierras. <3 We…

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful

Fairly easy hike with amazing views along the way. Mostly shaded with gentle incline and switchbacks along the way. Pretty windy the last .25 mile…

HIgh country Mount St. Helena

I’ll start by saying I read some negative reviews of this hike (not on this site) and completely disagree with them. Mount St. Helena now…

History and Hills

Gentle slopes and switchbacks. Trail well-maintained. Saw deer and a coyote on the drive up. Weather was perfect. Gorgeous summit made for a beautiful day!

Mt. Umunhum Day Hike

Pleasantly surprised with how easy this trail was. Finished in less than 4 hours. Only saw 6 other people on the trail. Had the whole…

TAMMMM

We were trying to leave early, but we ended up starting at 9am. It was a hot September day, and we got to the hard…

Off-leash critters at Diablo

Perfect day, 70’s with blue skies, but lots of white clouds to keep me nice and cool.  I did an out-and-back since I found the…

Seized my Siezer

LONG day of hiking. Hobbs road a true challenge. FYI, Poverty flat road is NOT flat 😂. Best part of the day was Mexican food…

Mt Sizer

We did it! Our final peak— Mt Sizer. She was a tough one but we’re tougher. I hope this finally posts— this is my 4th…

Leg Strengthening!

Quite the workout! Didn’t bring enough water. Felt good to be done!

Poverty flat is no flat!

We followed a colleague’s advise and took Corral trail to Flat Frog on the way up. That was an enjoyable trail. We were mentally prepared…

Mt. Tam on the best day EVER!

We picked the most epic day ever to do this hike! It was sunny and clear, mid 70’s, slight breeze. We could see the Oakland…

Mt. Tam Lookout

This honestly was the best way to end the challenge.  It was a beautiful day!  Our group enjoyed lemonade for a donation, humming birds and…

Tam for the Six-Pack!

After the hell of Sizer, this hike was SO GLORIOUS!  great weather, great trail, great group, tons of amenities, relatively a piece of cake. Such…

“Mellow Hiking Day” We Said!

It was hot. Tarantula holes were across the ground throughout the hike. The steep sections were steep…for a very long time. This is a very…

Took down The Devil

Mt Diablo aka The Devil did not take us down today. Hike up to the summit with a fellow challenger. Be sure to check the…

Rough Mount Sizer

This was an incredibly hard hike. We packed about 3L of water each and nearly ran out by the end due to the 90*+ temps…

Hike Gang Goes Out With a Bang

We arrived at Lake Del Valle at 6:30am to begin our hike. We got attacked by mosquitoes and flies the moment we got out of…

Sizer Overnight

Did the counterclockwise loop and camped overnight at Upper Camp. That’s 5 miles in and at the bottom of The Shortcut. (Take a few extra…

22 miler on accident

Mount Tamalpais: I’ve now completed 3/6 NorCal 6-pack Peak Challenge! This hike had to be my favorite so far, perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and wildlife!…

Best of NorCal #MtTamalpais

Beautiful trail. No bugs. Great mesmerizing views which run through from beach and woods to rolling greens. Weather was fantastic. Loved it. #peak3 of NorCal

My favorite ranger

Our hike started off with the best ranger ever at the visitors center. I didn’t get his name, but he was amazing, gave us a…

3rd Summit on 3rd Anniversary!

Trail was perfect! The fog kept the lower altitudes cool, and when we broke through the clouds into the sun, we were nice and warm.…

Walking the Ridge

Mt Sizer was one of my favorite hikes from this challenge–quite and remote, beautiful views, and adequately challenging. Walking along the ridge, we felt like…

Mt St Helena

The day started out misty and hazy, and we were up very early based on some wrong-time-of-day traffic estimations, so we weren’t super happy about…

The full day of Rose Peak.

With this hike, it turns out we could have started further in by 2 or 3 miles, which seemed like no big deal at the…

Mt. Rose’s Evil Step Sister

This was one of the hardest and roughest hikes I have ever done.  I have done Mt. Grogornio and Mt. Hood – both were easier.…

Mt. Sizer from hell

If you thought Rose Peak was the hardest one in the series, you were wrong. Be less stupid than us and pick a cool day…

Mt Sizer at 92 degrees!

A long sweaty day on Mt Sizer. Met two hikers from SoCal, who were brought here by the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Didn’t ask their…

Dances with the Coyotes

A hot day during Labor Day Weekend. I never drank so much water in my life, luckily, plenty of drinking fountains to replenish my nalgene…

Mt Umunhum

Great hike after a few month respite due to summer vacations and travels.  The temperature was warm (mid 80’s).  Started on the trail at about…

Mt Saint Helena #Peak2

Quite an open trail. Need to be careful with the heat. You will get to see amazing valley views covered with fog which eventually fades…

Feeling the heat on Umunhum!

Fun hike! A great hike one for anyone getting back into it. A steady uphill for about 3.5 miles to the peak, then steady down…

Mysterious Foggy Climb

It was a nice preview for those interested in running Double Dipsea in June; amazing views above the fog cover in the valleys.  Incredible views…

Hot Day on Mt St Helena

Went with a group of ladies of varying ages and abilities. All were able to complete the hike. Beginning/end of the hike was shady and…

Mount Umunhum

We originally planned on doing Mt Sizer, but a snafu with car rental forced us to change plans and do a shorter hike, and luckily…

Mount Sleeping Beauty

Great day for hike! We started at Stinson Beach and hiked to Middle Peak then to East Peak finishing at West Peak. We enjoyed the…

1st peak of #sixpackofpeaks

I would say it was a decent and a warmup hike for upcoming peaks. Trail condition is good and you may find some deers and…

Sweaty on St. Helena

Trail was good. Not too difficult. The weather was warm. Glad we started early. View from the summit were clear and lovely.

Conquering the Devil

Mt Diablo by the numbers: 15.5miles, 9.5 hrs, 4000. Grueling day in the summer heat! Temperatures climbed to the mid-90’s and there was very little…

Grueling loop of the Devil

This was our toughest hike yet, fourth in the series with Rose and Sizer left to go – and plan to do those as 2…

Mt Umunhum

Beautiful hike. I bit foggy and windy at the peak but overall sunny and pleasant

Drizzly summer day on Tam

It was a drizzly summer day, but perfect for keeping us cool on this steep, long hike. I have always loved the Steep Ravine and…

Foggy Ambiance

The trail was in excellent condition, restrooms at trailhead were acceptable.  It was windy and sunny at the parking lot and first part of climb. …

Mt Umunhum

good trail conditions. A bit foggy and breezy at the top

Mt Diablo is a Devil of a Hike!

Hiked Mt Diablo yesterday. I did the loop starting on Mitchell Canyon Road, then took Deer Flat road and Juniper trail to the summit. After…

Run Up the Um!

Beautiful morning – very breezy but nice. I decided to run to the summit and back.  The climb was a bit tough to run but…

Mount Diablo 😈

It was a very hot day and very few hikers on the mountain. Many short trip hikers at the bottom and and the top. I…

Mount Tamalpais Fog

Not much to see; fog never really cleared. Lots of bikes. Not my favorite 6-pack hike.

Mount Tam – Meh…

That is done! All said and done, it was 16.6 miles and 3300 feet of elevation gain – just another hike that will be remembered…

Taming Tam

A pleasantly cool day for hiking, but no lingering at East Peak due to the wind and fog.  We had to share the trails with…

Only A Linguistic Folly

Mount Diablo has its fair share of steep inclines and tons of exposure to the sun, but after hiking Mount Sizer it felt like a…

NORCAL PEAK #2

Love the Fire Tower ♡♡♡ I saw a lot of blue colored birds ♡♡♡ I love that it ends at the beach ♡♡♡ of course…

Fun Umunhum

We arrived 7:45, early enough to find a space in the small lot and avoid the heat. We saw only a few other hikers and…

Great Pais!

Steep Ravine is some of the most Indiana Jones-esque forest I’ve seen in the Bay. Sure, Big Basin has its moments, but I feel like…

Easy and fantastic middle section

The beginning section of trail is gently rising as we traversed along the coast.  It was a foggy morning, but just barely so it was…

Lady by the Bay

What a gorgeous day! And what stunning views! Amazing. Long hike, but we had mild weather and plenty of shade for the beginning and end.…

Outrageous View from Mt Tam

We had a perfect weather day – not too hot. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the views from the top and finishing at the ocean. Rewarded ourselves…

I went to Mount Saint Helen-uh…?

This hike provides some pretty stunning views on the front end, and a satisfying trudge toward a peak on the backend. Got started at around…

Look at the Sizer that hill!

Holy stuff! It was hot out! Some of the climbs on this route are pretty intense, and coupled with the temperature throughout the hike (945…

Do doo doo do, Mahnt Amahnam

Quick little jaunt up some switchbacks to a nice view of South Bay. Great way to work up an appetite for the rest of the…

Sunday Morning Mt Tam

We followed the guide from Stinson Beach to East Peak, started around 7:40am and got to East Peak by 10:15. It was very foggy in…

Mt. Tam is the Jam

Amazing LONG hike. Gorgeous foliage along the Dipsea Trail. The last couple miles very long and windy switch-backs. This was one of my favorite hikes.…

Tam

Beautiful everything – trails, landscape, weather.  Couldn’t ask for a better day!

Where’s The Beach?

This was a long day…The Steep Ravine Trail is a most beautiful and serene trail.  Beautiful trees, lush and quiet setting.  Highlight was climbing the…

Waterfalls and Unicorns

We chose this hike next because we were both craving Sol Food for dinner. Probably the best kind of motivation to hike up a summit.…

Mount Saint Helena…3 down, 3 to go

Decided to tackle Mount Saint Helena today with a good friend. The mountain is about an hour from our hometown of Sonoma where he still…

Hot Day in the Bay

Decided to start the weekend with a hike to the top of Mt. Umunhum.  I got a later start than I wanted but because of…

From sea to summit

Beautiful hike. Super hot ! Loved the steep ravine portion in the forest

Mount Thirsty

We originally planned to start at the Bald Mountain Trail head and hike to the peak of Bald Mountain afterwards. However, there was a huge…

Checked off number 1!

Started early to avoid the heat but it was already warm at 7:30am! Parking lot was filling up quickly at that time. My boyfriend hiked…

What’s an extra 4 miles?!?!

Tried to use both directions from the site and the All Trails App. The problem was there were so many different trails to follow that…

Mt Tam – #5/6

Beautiful hike with my beautiful friends.  Tried to beat the heat today. #5  down, 1 more to go 👍🏼

MOUNT SAINT HELENA

I actually attempeted this hike twice. The first time I had to cut it short for a family gathering in Napa, but the second time…

Mount M&M

Great first hike of the challenge, already planning a trip back when cooler.

Mt. Umunhum…two down, four to go

My plans for last Saturday got cancelled, so I decided to tackle another peak…Mount Umunhum. This was a wonderful, easy hike. The trail was well…

Mt. Tam’s marine layer views

First time I have ever summited Mt. Tamalpais.  Although it was the middle of July, it was very misty.  The marine layer was really thick…

“On Your Left!”

(Hiked this with my brother/Six Pack Partner @Hound-Of-Mt-Sizer, and my other brother who we may convince to join the challenge next year.) We left the…

Stinson to the top of the fog

A friend and I hiked Dipsea to Steep Ravine and back down the Matt Davis trail. It was a nice climb up with lots of…

The mountain with a view

This was a really easy hike, but full sun exposure.  You have to watch out for trucks our group almost got hit twice. The trail…

St. Helena

Hotttttt. and it’s really hard to find the trailhead. On a more moderate day, this would have been a great hike, and relatively easy in…

Hot St. Helena Heat

We kinda jinxed ourselves thinking that this would be an easy hike, only being 10 miles. We started on the trail across from the parking…

MOUNT UMUNHUM

I drove to the trail head but the parking lot was full so I had to start from the top at the tower and then…

Sunday at Umunhum

first hike of this years challenge was a beautiful one. we started a little later in the day (2pm) ad were back to the car…

Hot Helena

The only marker was after mile 1 once at the fire road. After that there were no more signs or posts. We didn’t know we…

st helena

Too darn hot!  And long roads vs trails.  View at the top was good, but this was not my favorite trek.

Hot Happy Hikers

Everything we read about this hike said it’s best to go in the Fall or the Spring.  We, of course, decided to summit in the…

Fog friends summit Mt St Helena

Glad we started on this hike at 07:30 – it is on an exposed fire road most of the way up. Beautiful views and interesting…

Wandering Hoosier’s first summit

The weather and hike were amazing, especially escaping the heat that hit the Fairfield/Vacaville area that weekend.  It was my first attempt at carrying my…

A glorious Mt Tam hike!

A glorious hike! It’s so amazing that you can stand in a redwood forest and look at the ocean. Positively beautiful.

Mt. Tam

Very beautiful hike.

It’s about time

I’ve been wanting to do this hike for a while. I took the recommendation and started at the Mt Bald parking lot. It was a…

1st challenge down

Saw a mountain lion about 1.5 miles in cross the trail and bail out of sight! Scary.

2/6 – Mt Diablo

Warm day for a hike at Mt Diablo, large parts are not shaded, there was some water in the stream along the way but that…