Arizona Winter Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge™

ARIZONA WINTER SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE™

OVERVIEW

The 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.

2018/19 Arizona Winter Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

OVERVIEW MAP OF THE ARIZONA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE

THE PEAKS IN THE ARIZONA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE

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 ft.

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 Cholla Trail
Distance: 2.8 miles; Vertical +/- 1,246 ft.

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 ft.

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 ft.

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.

The 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 ft.

Latest Arizona Hike Logs

One down, thirty-five to go.

Peak SummitedPiestewa PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailhead32nd St Trailhead to Piestewa Peak TrailheadEncounteredWildflowers bloomingRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionTrail is clear, weather was sunny in the low 80's.  Still adjusting to temperature since I live in Berkeley and normally hike with temperatures in the 50's or 60's.  Started […]
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Flatiron

Peak SummitedFlatironType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadSiphon DrawEncounteredWildflowers bloomingHiking CompanionsHiked with a groupRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusBugs were not too badSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problemsTrail was pretty clear, definitely the most strenuous hike in the challenge. Gloves and over a gallon of water are recommended. Users who liked this:
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Fullbody workout!

Peak SummitedFlatironType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadSiphon TrailEncounteredWildflowers bloomingHiking CompanionsHiked with a groupRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusBugs were not too badSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problemsThe trail from the parking lot was easy to navigate. Nice full service restrooms  and water refill station.  Before takening the detour to start are climb to Flatiron. […]
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Last hike of six pack of peak challenge

Peak SummitedFlatironType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadSpionEncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliageHiking CompanionsHiked with a groupRoad ConditionsRoad rough but passableBug StatusBugs were not too badSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsObstacles on trailIt took longer than I thought it would but I completed the six pack of peak challenge . Users who liked this:
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Was I Actually on a Trail?

Peak SummitedFlatironType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadSiphon DrawEncounteredWildflowers bloomingRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusBugs were not too badSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionI’m not sure if I was actually on a trail halfway through the hike. It was definitely a fun and challenging hike. Users who liked this:
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Picacho Peak

Peak SummitedPicacho PeakType of HikeDay hikeTrailheadHunter TrailEncounteredWildflowers bloomingHiking CompanionsHiked with a groupRoad ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehiclesBug StatusNo bugsSnow ConditionsSnow freeTrail ConditionsTrail in good conditionGreat hike! Great friends! Great weather! Beautiful flowers! All around great day. 🙂
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