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The Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-guided hiking challenge that takes you up six iconic Arizona mountains near Sedona and Flagstaff.

You can complete the hikes in six months, six weeks or six days. You set the schedule that works best for you. The hikes start easier and work up to longer and more challenging climbs, culminating with Humphreys Peak – at 12,633′ the high point of Arizona.

You can climb them in order as you build your strength and endurance, or mix it up. The choice is yours. Your registration will help support Big City Mountaineers, so you'll be doing good for others with each peak you climb.

2022 Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Overview Map of the Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

BEAR MOUNTAIN – Elevation 6,476′ (1,974 m)

This strenuous out-and-back hike in the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest is mostly unshaded, steep, and difficult. You'll earn the panoramic views on this journey.

Suggested Six-Pack Route: Bear Mountain Trail #54
Distance: 4.6 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,109 ft.

WILSON MOUNTAIN – Elevation 7,122′ (2,171 m)

The tallest of the red sandstone peaks surrounding Sedona, Wilson Mountain provides some of the best views of the region.

Six-Pack Route Details: North Wilson Trail
Distance: 7.2 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,331 ft.

BILL WILLIAMS MOUNTAIN – Elevation 9,259′ (2,822 m)

The standard route up Bill Williams Trail has been closed for the rest of the year due to steep slope hazardous fuels reduction. To complete the peak you can hike the Benham Trail from the Benham trailhead off of highway 73 to the saddle where the trail meets up with the Bill Williams Trail. Reaching the saddle where the Benham Trail and the Bill Williams Trail intersect will count as completing this peak. Please do not continue to the summit as the last half mile is currently closed.

Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by early ancestors of the Hopi people. This trail dates back to 1902, though hikers still climb to the summit for the views.

Six-Pack Route Details: Benham Trail to Bill Williams Saddle
Distance: 5.8 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 1,456 ft.

2021 Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge - O'Leary Peak

Saving regular route for next year – Hidden to users

Six-Pack Route Details: Bill Williams Trail

Distance: 8.5 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,250 ft.

O'LEARY PEAK – Elevation 8,916′ (2,718 m)

Hiking O’Leary Peak will take you to the edge of a millennia old lava flow, and up high above to look down on the cinder cone that created it. From the lookout tower at the top of this lava dome, you’ll look into the heart of the San Francisco Peaks, marvel at the size of Humphrey’s Peak, and enjoy a birds eye view of Sunset Crater National Monument.

Six-Pack Route Details: O'Leary Peak
Distance: 10 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,014 ft.

MOUNT ELDEN – Elevation 9,299′ (2,834 m)

This lava dome features wildflowers, forested trails, panoramic views and a fire lookout tower at the summit. When it's clear, you can see Oak Creek Canyon, the Painted Desert, Sunset Crater and Flagstaff below.

Six-Pack Route Details: Mount Elden Lookout Trail
Distance: 6 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,326 ft.

KENDRICK PEAK – Elevation 10,418′ (3,175 m)

Atop one of the highest peaks in the San Francisco Mountains you'll find a fire lookout tower that was originally established in the early 1900s and remains actively staffed today. During the summer months, the ranger usually welcomes visitors to visit the top of the tower to soak in the views.

Six-Pack Route Details: Kendrick Mountain Trail
Distance: 9.4 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,851 ft.

HUMPHREYS PEAK – Elevation 12,633′ (3,851 m)

The highest point in Arizona and the 26th most prominent peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is sometimes referred to as “Arizona's little Colorado”. The views are tremendous, extending from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the desert mountains near Phoenix.

Six-Pack Route Details: Humphreys Peak Trail
Distance: 10.5 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 3,406 ft.

Latest Arizona Summer Challenge Hike Logs

Bear Mountain (AZ)
Gisella Underwood

Bear Challenge

Made the trip in April and was back again today. Same trail, no shade, but with breathtaking views of Sedona, even some hot air balloons.

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Mount Elden
Jill

Mount Elden Trail

The weather was perfect at 73 degrees. This Hike I had a friend join me. We started the hike at 1:15pm and made it to

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Mount Elden
Laurie Kollmann

Mount Elden

Great weather 70’s lots of large rocks the entire trail. When at top climbed fire tower and chatted with a wonderful ranger!!

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Humphreys Peak
Lisa Moore

Humphreys Welcomes 40

Hiked Humphreys on my 40th birthday and it could not have been more perfect. I started out at 6:40am made it to the summit at

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