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Mt. Tamalpais

A wonderful blue-sky day for my final hike of the 2022 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. I started at Lake Lagunitas, which made the hike…

The Rollercoaster

This was a difficult and less enjoyable hike- I had to get some time and space from it before even logging it. Unlike most summits…

Beach to Mountain Hike

My partner and I enjoyed this hike on the most beautiful day. The drive there was stunning, the hike was challenging and the tacos at…

Mount Tammy

Beautiful Hike! Spectacular views…really really nice trail the whole way through!  Completely rewarding, really loved every minute of it! The waterfalls, the redwoods, the cool…

Most confusing peak to pronounce!

Bagged Peak #5… MOUNT UMUNHUM  The was a very enjoyable hike!  The trail signs were easy to maneuver, most of the trails were wide, plenty…

Stopped to smell The Roses 🌹 🌹

Bagged Peak #4… ROSE PEAK! This was a nice hike, however the trail signs could be improved.  The signs didn’t say what trail you’re on? …

Mount umunhum

Weather was fairly nice. A nice breeze here and there. We hiked during mid 70 degree weather. By the time we got to the top,…

So much dust!

This one really is a challenge given the hike back out of the valley following the summit and descent of Sizer. Most of the trails…

Mount Umunhum

Clear blue bird day, barely any clouds, 74 degrees F for day high, and gusts of wind throughout the day. A few large rocks on…

Mt. Sizer

Death march. Trail is very steep in places and very dusty. Did not enjoy it.

Rose Peak

I can’t believe I’ve been hiking in the Bay Area for a few decades and have never done this before. The views from the top…

Going in reverse still counts!

Gorgeous, well maintained, shady trail. Umunhum is a nice easy hike. We arrived at 8:22 on a Saturday and all parking at both the upper…

Mt Umunhum

Nice hike. Trail in excellent condition.

Rose Peak

Very long hike.  Nice views.

Foggy Mount Diablo Summit

Cranked out Mount Diablo (solo) this morning. I got a early start and didn’t see a single soul for the first 4.5 miles. When I…

Leapt to Tam

Too warm for Mt Saint Helena or Mt Diablo so made a leap in difficulty for cooler temps. Many other hikers also picked Tam for…

Not so Tame Tam

Three of us from last week’s Mount Diablo Hike, climbed Mt. Tam as another training hike. We were all surprised by how much harder and…

Views of climbs to come…

Beautiful day on the mountain. Not too hot or too cold. Enjoyed the ease of the fire road as I had completed a difficult 100…

Sea to Summit

Tough hike. Stinson is quite crowded on the weekends but there was parking at the beach parking lot. The weather was actually perfect, cloudy day…

Helena

It was an unseasonably cool and overcast day, so perfect for this hike which can be brutal in the heat of summer. After summiting, we…

Mt St Helena

Good hike. Not my favorite because most of it is fire road.

No Diablo Today

A group of four of us, three training for the High Sierra Trail and myself, used this as a training hike. It was a perfectly…

Finale

Went counter clockwise.

Mount Sizer

That is possibly the most challenging hike I’ve ever done in the Bay Area, when you consider length (a 15.5 mi loop), total ascent (~4,300…

Mt Tam

This was so far the best one. It was cool with a cloud cover most of the day. Beautiful waterfalls. Lush green foliage. No bugs.…

Mt. Umunhum Wildflowers

We got a mid afternoon start and found the hike to be pretty easy. Lots of up and lots of switchbacks. The switchbacks were so…

Mountain Lion on Mt Umunhum!!

We got a late start but still had plenty of time to get to the top, lounge for a little while and then make it…

Long Peak

This was an amazing hike!!!! Me and my mom did a over night hike. We camped at maggies camp at mile 10, and then in…

Rose peak

Very nice out and back trail to Rose Peak. It was nice weather, sunny but not too hot and a wonderful fresh breeze. This would…

Rose Colored Hike

We picked a perfect day for this hike.  The weather was perfect with a nice breeze to cool us down. The park doesn’t open the…

16.7 miles to Mt. Umunhum!

  Today was a great day to hike Mt. Umunhum. The brave group hiked 16.7 miles and gained 2874 in elevation. And at the top…

Mt Sizer from Coe Park HQ

This peak perhaps is the most challenging one among the NorCal Six-Peaks Challenge as it goes up and down several times in the loop, with…

Mt. Sizer, survived the shortcut

I’m a slow hiker and I tend to prefer my day hikes be limited to around 10 miles, so this was a challenge for me.…

Mount Diablo / Eagle Peak

Perfect weather for a hike to the top of Mount Diablo, plus a visit to Eagle Peak on the way back down.

Wine…..more wine please :-)

16May22 Our final hike for the NorCal 6-POP Challenge!!! We arrived in Napa Valley the day before and stayed at a friend’s home who wanted…

Finishing the Pack: Mt St Helena

Sixth one down! I booked a twofer trip with the missus in Calistoga. Hiking (solo) in the morning, and wine tasting in the afternoon, with…

Gorgeous day on Mt Tam!

Much warmer than expected, but beautiful day to climb beach to peak and back! I highly recommend hitting up the cafe by the beach parking…

Eye of Diablo

13May22. Our first hike on our second trip to Northern California to finish the 6-POP. The drive to the trailhead was as scenic as Mt…

Trail Bike :-)

14May22 Our 2nd hike for this trip (5th peak for the NorCal 6-POP). A friend from Concord met us at the trailhead and joined our…

Mt Diablo

The day before I were looking at the Mt Diablo from the East Peak of Mt Tamalpais, and it was fun to look at the…

mt tam east peak

Gorgeous.  Gorgeous.  Gorgeous.  My favorite so far and stunning views.  Could do again and take tons of different trails. Lots of mountain bikers.  Little shade.

Long wondrous loop on Mt Tam

This loop started at the Mountain Home Inn, down to the Muir Woods, up to the Pantoll, the Mountain Theater, etc before reached the East…

Our Napa valley climb

Gradual climb from the first step. Under trees the first mile then exposed fire road the rest of the way up. Start early for the…

Peak All To Ourselves

Getting a late start on my 6 Pack Peak Challenge this year as this is my first one for 2022.  This trail was definitely much…

Rose Peak

5440 feet elevation gain in 20 miles. Flowers were blooming so trail was looking beautiful. Mosquito/bugs throughout the trail but manageable. Be careful of snakes…

Resting Place of the Hummingbirds

Lower part of the trail was fire roads, but steady upward.  At the connecter, gets even steeper and it’s a good workout, but with periodic…

18.2 Miles to Rose Peak

Today a brave group of 10 hikers took on the Sunol to Rose Peak 18.2 mile hike and completed it in 6:18 and gained 4016…

Diablo Challenge

Incredible day, clear skies and light breeze. Got fairly hot in the early afternoon, felt like summer!  

Mt Sizer!

The trail conditions were good, it was basically a road, nice creek crossings, intense shortcut, very nice views.

Delightful Diablo

Perfect weather today, including a nice cool breeze and clear skies.  In the parking lot there were turkeys strutting around and lots of flowers on…

Hum up um

First time up to mt. Umunhum! Trail was much more gradual than expected. Perfect weather conditions and crystal clear skies. Saw one deer 🙂 not…

MT. Diablo

Was a perfect day to hike!  Lots of flowers throughout the hike.  We even saw critters but they were in the parking lot, turkey’s strutting…

Mount Seizure

This hike was steep……. But we did it!!! I had a good time but at the top it was very windy and cold so bring…

Rose Peak at Sunol Wilderness Preserve

A relatively long hike (~19 miles) with views of various interesting topographic formations, grasslands, woodlands, etc. It was a cold and very windy at the…

Mount Sizer

The short cut is brutal and ending a 16+ mile hike with a 1700 ft climb in the last 2 miles was very challenging. But…

Mt Umunhum the longer route

A very nice day to hike, and the total trip was ~ 17 miles in total with ~3000 feet EG. A good start on the…

Mt. Umunhum

Sunny day. Good shade on the trail and lots of interesting wildflowers.

Helena – The First in Many

This is my first one for Six Pack of Peaks Challenge so will always be a special one, about 2 hour drive time so had…

Mt St Helena

I went with Facebook hiking group and finished this last hike in 6 pack challenge. Amazing feeling 😊

Three for first and five to go!

Trail clear. Wild flowers of all sorts and poison oak thriving. Cool in the shade. Warm in the sun. Breezy and cold at the top…

Amazing Day in the East Bay

What a great day on Mt. Diablo – cool, breezy, sunny and beautiful.  The trail was busy but not overcrowded.  Hiking with my son was…

The Last Helena

This was a fantastic hike with gorgeous view. Sometime we were in the clouds and some times in the clear. Hike was fairly easy. 10…

Mt. St. Helena

First time up Mt. St. Helena. Great views on a beautiful day.

Mt St Helena

Start early most of the trail has no shade. Great views from the top. The majority of the trail is fire road and easy to…

Mt Diablo – 1/6.

Beautiful day for a hike up Mt. Diablo. Bae and I made it round trip (avg. 7 miles) in under 3 hours. We hiked around…

Mt Um above Silicon Valley

Easy ascent on a Sunday seeing a couple dozen people and a few mtn bikers. The trail is clear and well groomed.

Rose Peak from Sunol

I started this trail with a group of 9 people. This trail is longer than diablo and sizer but easier than both of them. Sizer…

Mount Sizer Loop, Henry Coe SP

Tough Hike. Lots of wild flower. Good weather for this hike. Would avoid this hike in summer. This is one of those dumb hikes we…

Mount Saint Helena Trail

The hike began with the 1st mile in wooded area. This part of the trail was made of multiple switchbacks with one steep climb. There…

Mt Sizer

16.8 miles in total 4271ft elevation gain Started at Henry coe hq. Never saw that many variety of wildflowers.  It was gorgeous.

Mount Diablo 😈

Ended up getting turned around a couple times, hit every peak pretty much for a total of 16.5 miles! It was a long one! Great…

The Fourth is Sizer

This hike felt good- definitely a tough one! We ended up taking “the shortcut” and it was really pleasant being on a trail and not…

Top 5 MUST DO @ Mt Sizer

These are the top MUST Do in Mt Sizer: 1. Get to the top and find the orange poppies! They have thousands and this is…

Mt. Tam

It was a cool and windy day but sunny.  The hike was one of most scenic hikes in the Bay Area that I have done. …

Coming up roses…

Beautiful day with a slight breeze. No other hikers on the trail!! This is by far the most challenging, but we got it done!

Sixth Peak by the Sea

Great hike all around. Huge views of the bay, SF can be seen but its tucked away beind another hill at times. Lots of poisen…

⛰🌹👱🏼‍♀️

Pretty tough hike.  Several water spots.  Excellent map comes with mandatory $2 hike permit.

Gorgeous day for an East Bay Challenge

Perfect weather…probably about another 4 weeks before the heat sets in. While there were some challenging spots all-in-all it was pretty slow-and-steady all the way…

Spring at Mt. Diablo

I did this peak in 2021, and it totally kicked my butt (heat exhaustion!). This year was a totally different experience! I wanted to hike…

Last minute change of plans

The plan was Mount Sizer Loop, however while driving to Morgan Hill, I wasn’t feeling mentally and physically ready for the challenge so decided last…

Mt St Helena Stroll

Took advice and got there early – glad we did since at 8:30am there were already a number of cars in the small lot. Overall…

FiveSix – Mt. Umumhum

Wonderful hike on a beautiful day. Best views, lots of shade and well-paved trial. Lovely hike with kid..

Sizer shortcut!!

Wow! This was a great hike! I started early which is good because it was 9 hours of elapsed time. Highly recommend doing this in…

Beautiful Napa Valley

Intermediate trail. The first mile was single track with rocky terrain but the remaining hike was well maintained, wider trail along the ridge. Gives you…

Every Rose has its Thorn

ROSE PEAK This one was tough, a slow uphill that wears on your gradually until you end up tired for no reason. About 20 miles…

Hikers in the Mist

Started the hike with clearing skies,  that quickly decided to defy weather reports.   Temps in the low 60s and a fine mist made for perfect…

FourSix – RosePeak

Hike on a rainy day; Drizzling and foggy on the way to the peak; cleared up on the way back. Great location and views.  Hiked…

Mt Saint Helena Rock

This time we added Table Rock to our Adventure, 4 miles of technical terrain & then to Robert Stevenson Trail up to Mt Saint Helena…

Mount Umunhum

It was a rainy day and I had a good time. The trail was mostly shaded and views of bay area from the top was…

Mt St Helena

Beautiful hike on a rainy day and shared the trail with the runners participating in a 35k/50k endurance run.  Although the day started out rainy…

Size it up

The weather ranged from rain to sunshine 🌞 on this Saturday of the Easter weekend, and it had us rising up “The Shortcut” on this…

Mt st Helena with a wrong turn

Raining day so foggy unable to see view but beautiful and shared trail with group training for a 20 mile fundraiser and 30k endurance run.…

Beautiful Rose Peak

Hiked in the rain for the first time. It was so much fun. Covered in clouds going up and clear blue skies coming down. This…

Mt Sizer summit on loop trail

The short cut climb really is very tough, take your time.  Summit was not great but views were blocked by clouds.  Return loop was beautiful.…

A Good Friday on Mount Sizer Loop

I had the Friday off for work so decided to conquer Mount Sizer. I had done the loop a few times before in previous years…

All Alone on Mount Umunhum

I decided to get off work early to summit Mt. Umunhum. In the past I have gone and the trails have been crowded with mountain…

Mt. Sizer

Saved the toughest for the last. Picked a great day to hike the loop. Nice cool weather in the morning and as it warmed up…