Join the Challenge!

The inaugural California Central Coast Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-guided hiking challenge that takes you up six iconic Central Coast 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 Caliente Mountain, the high point of San Luis Obispo County, a climb of over 2,437 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.

Overview Map of the California Central Coast Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Proud Partners with Figueroa Mountain Brew Co.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. was founded by father and son team, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, in 2010. With a passion for craft beer, they set out to pay homage to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with handcrafted beer and hand-drawn artwork depicting the local landscape on their labels.

The Peaks of the California Central Coast Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

BISHOP PEAK – Elevation 1,559′ (475 m)

The tallest of the Nine Sisters in San Luis Obispo, Bishop Peak is easily accessible and offers spectacular views of the city.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Bishop Peak Trail from Patricia Drive
Distance: 3.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,131 feet

GAVIOTA PEAK – Elevation 2,451′ (747 m)

Gaviota Peak is located in Gaviota State Park.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Gaviota Peak
Distance: 2.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,400 feet

GRASS MOUNTAIN – Elevation 3,651′ (1,113 m)

Grass Mountain is not the highest mountain in the area, but it rewards with stunning views over the surrounding area, especially when the poppies are blooming. This trail is part of the Midland Schools trail system, and open to the public by their generosity. Permit and parking pass available at the trailhead.

Six-Pack Route Details: Grass Mountain Trail
Distance: 5.2 miles; Vertical +/- 2,400 feet

ALAN PEAK – Elevation 1,650′ (502 m)

Hiking to Alan Peak will take you to the highest point in the Montana de Pro State Park. Additionally, you will bag Oats Peak during your hike.

Six-Pack Route Details: Alan Peak Trail
Distance: 11.6 miles; Vertical +/- 2,480 feet

BROADCAST PEAK – Elevation 4,029′ (1228 m)

This hike begins near Lake Cachuma and climbs to West Camino Cielo before the final push to the summit. 

Six-Pack Route Details: Broadcast Peak via the Tequepis Trail
Distance: 8.75 miles; Vertical +/- 3,241 feet

CALIENTE MOUNTAIN – Elevation 5,105′ (1556 m)

The hike along the Caliente Ridge Trail will take you to the highest point in the county.

Six-Pack Route Details: Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail
Distance: 16.9 miles; Vertical +/- 2,437 feet

Meet the Curator

The peaks in the California Central Coast Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge have been curated by long-time Santa Ynez Valley resident Curt Cragg.

Curt is an outdoors advocate, having served on the boards Santa Barbara County Trails Council and the Los Padres Forest Association as a Volunteer Trail Project coordinator and Volunteer Wilderness Ranger for many years.

Curt is also an avid hiker and backpacker who enjoys exploring the Sierra Nevada and the Los Padres National Forest trails.

Curt Cragg

Latest California Central Coast Challenge Hike Logs

Note: Currently displaying hike logs from all of the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenges. Central Coast hike logs will begin to be displayed on January 1, 2023.

Cuyamaca Peak
Patrice Loomis

Cute Cyama Peak

First time in this area and thought this was a hike that was relatively easy with gorgeous views of other mountains and a small lake

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Mount Diablo

Frost Giants!!!!

Very frost hike and very chilly day, but I missed out on yesterday’s snow.😕 Hiked the full loop up Mitchell Canyon and down Eagle Peak,

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Hot Springs Mountain
Daniel Scherer

Hot Springs Mountain

Briskly cold, but we were prepared, so was actually nice hiking weather.  Saw no one else on the trail.  First 2.5 moles are the toughest,

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