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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.

2021 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

2021 Bear Mountain

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.

2021 Wilson Mountain

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.

2021 Bill Williams Mountain

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

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.

NOTE: This peak is currently closed as of June 12 through August 30, 2021. You can hike O'Leary Peak as an alternate.

Six-Pack Route Details: Bill Williams Trail
Distance: 8.5 miles round-trip; Vertical +/- 2,250 ft.

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

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.

2021 Humphreys Peak

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

Humphreys Peak
Keith Olson

The big one!

We started at 4:30 a.m. The weather was absolutely perfect! It was great to escape the Heat of Phoenix. We no longer needed headlamps at

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Mount Elden
David Borggreen

Mt Elden

Weather was great, got a few sprinkles at the start but otherwise perfect.

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Humphreys Peak
Laura Dearness

Humphreys

Very tough hike, with extreme altitude. Took Diamox to prevent altitude sickness which was helpful. Weather was perfect even on top at the summit. Not

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