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Join the Challenge!

The 4th Annual Arizona Winter Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-guided hiking challenge that takes you up six iconic Arizona mountains. 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 iconic Flatiron, a climb of over 3,100 vertical feet!

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.

Registration for the 2022 Arizona Winter Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is closed. Check out the Arizona Summer Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge which runs May 1 through October 31st.

The winter challenge will return for 2023. Early-bird registration will open on October 1, 2022.

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

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

2022 Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak – Elevation 2,608′ (795 m)

The second tallest in the Phoenix Mountains, Piestewa Peak has a lot to offer considering its location and length. It has great views into the rest of the Phoenix Mountain Range and into the city of Phoenix. It has easier flat sections, challenging steep sections, and a short scramble to the true summit.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve
Distance: 2.2 miles; Vertical +/- 1,112 feet

Six-Pack Alternate Route Details: Hiking Piestewa Peak from Dreamy Draw
Distance: 6.6 miles; Vertical +/- 1,760 feet

2022 Picacho Peak

PICACHO PEAK – Elevation 3,374′ (1,028 m)

Picacho is one of those peaks that you look at and can’t tell how there’s possibly a trail to the top, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most exciting two and a half mile hikes out there. Once you make it beyond the halfway saddle, it’s a rollercoaster of a mountain and emotion. You’ll be thankful for the system of steel cables there for you to cling to along all the steep, bare rock sections.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Picacho Peak via the Hunter Trail
Distance: 2.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,986 feet

2022 Fremont Saddle

FREMONT SADDLE – Elevation 3,766′ (1,148 m)

Peralta Canyon gives access to one of the most breathtaking views in Arizona. At Fremont Saddle, you’ll have a spectacular vantage point of a massive and surprising monolith. Often playing a role in stories of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, Weavers Needle is a 1,000 foot column of rock that protrudes impressively from the surrounding desert landscape.

Six-Pack Route Details: Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon
Distance: 4.8 miles; Vertical +/- 1,496 feet

2022 Wasson Peak

WASSON PEAK – Elevation 4,687′ (1,429 m)

Wasson Peak is the tallest mountain in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. This loop hike travels along ridges with grand desert vistas and through some of the thickest Saguaro forest in Arizona.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Wasson Peak in Saguaro National Park 
Distance: 7.7 miles; Vertical +/- 1,886 ft.

2022 Quartz Peak

QUARTZ PEAK – Elevation 4,052′ (1,235 m)

NEW for 2022!  One of the highest points in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness, Quartz Peak offers spectacular views from atop a unique summit block made of white quartz. This challenging trail has beautiful vistas of the Rainbow Valley as it climbs a rugged ridge from the valley floor to the crest of the Sierra Estrella.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Quartz Peak in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness
Distance: 6 miles; Vertical +/- 2,400 feet

2022 Flatiron

FLATIRON – Elevation 4,871′ (1,485 m)

Located in Lost Dutchman State Park of the Superstition Wilderness, Flatiron is one of the most challenging and spectacular hikes in Arizona. The Siphon Draw Trail brings you passed towering rock formations, up a basin carved smooth by water, and tops out on one of the most iconic rock formations in the Southwest.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Flatiron via Siphon Draw
Distance: 6.6 miles; Vertical +/- 3,147 feet

Alternate Peak

For 2022, Camelback Mountain has been designated an optional alternate peak. If you choose, you can replace any of the six peaks above with this mountain.

2022 Camelback Mountain

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN – Elevation 2,707′ (825 m)

Camelback Mountain is the most popular mountain to hike in the Phoenix area for good reasons. It’s a fun challenging hike from either side, it has good views of the Phoenix area, and it’s entertaining to compare its profile to a napping camel.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Camelback Mountain via the Echo Canyon Trail
Distance: 2.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,400 feet

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Camelback Mountain via the Cholla Trail (currently closed)
Distance: 2.8 miles; Vertical +/- 1,246 feet

Latest Arizona Winter Challenge Hike Logs

Fremont Saddle
Jared

Fremont Saddle

This was by far my favorite hike to date. Saw every color of wild flowers. I had the trail to myself for most of it.

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Wasson Peak
Andy

Wasson Peak

This website sucks!!! I've spent 5 different times trying to log my hike!!!! Fix this website!!!  

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Flatiron
BRADLEY STERNKE

Save Hardest for Last

Started early and finished early before.the heat. A challenging and rewarding hike. Love being surrounded by hardworking humans and pets enjoying the day.

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Flatiron
Kerrin Maher

Flatiron via Siphon Draw

My biggest problem with this trail was how difficult it was to navigate after the saddle. Otherwise it was all in all incredible!

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