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The Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-guided hiking challenge that takes you up six iconic peaks. You can complete the hikes in six months, six weeks or six days. You set the schedule that works best for you. 

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.

Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Overview Map of the Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

2022 Sutton Mountain

SUTTON MOUNTAIN – Elevation 4,694′ (1,431 m)

New for 2022, this peak sits at 4,694′ with wildflowers in season and views that extend to the Painted Hills.

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BLACK BUTTE – Elevation 6,436′ (1,962 m)

Black Butte is an extinct stratovolcano that sits east of the Cascades, rising 3,076′ above the surrounding plain.  This symmetrical cone-shaped butte is home to an active fire lookout tower, as well as a historic cupola that you can easily imagine must have been the coolest summer digs ever, with spectacular views of Mt Washington, The Sisters and beyond.

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2022 Black Crater

BLACK CRATER – Elevation 7,251′ (2,210 m)

A “broken” cinder cone with a glacier-carved valley and quite possibly the best views of the Three Sisters.

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MOUNT BACHELOR – Elevation 9,068′ (2,764 m)

Everyone in Central Oregon knows Bachelor. The route up is challenging and the views will whet your appetite for the final peak.

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2022 Maiden Peak

MAIDEN PEAK – Elevation 7,805′ (2,379 m)

The highest point between Diamond Peak and Mount Bachelor, this peak is an old shield volcano topped with a cinder cone. There are two main routes to the summit, and both are challenging.

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2022 South Sister

SOUTH SISTER – Elevation 10,363′ (3,159 m)

South Sister is the third tallest mountain in Oregon. Summiting this mountain makes the perfect finale for the challenge. 

Advance permits are required from June 15th to October 15th. The forest service has increased the day use quota for the Devil's Lake trailhead to 100 people per day, and improved the permit process. Day-use permits will be released in two rolling windows: 10 days and then two days before the trip date. Online permit request form (begins June 5, 2022).

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Latest Central Oregon Challenge Hike Logs

Black Butte
Lisa

Two hundred miles away…

It was clear enough today to see Mt Adams, nearly 200 miles from Black Butte. Temps were perfect and winds were low. Snow starts as

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Black Butte
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Black Butte

Beautiful day to summit Black Butte. We started from the lower trailhead. Didn't hit snow until near the top but hikeable. Just hiked in some

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Black Butte
Katie

Black Butte the long way

Gorgeous views today with a short but slippery section of snow just before the summit. Popular trail today from the upper trailhead, mostly had the

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Sutton Mountain
Melanie Glock

Sutton Mountain in bloom

The trail head for Sutton is tucked between some trees along the creek – you can see it clearly using the GPS on the OregonHikers

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Black Butte
Cherstin

Black Butte

Intermittent clouds and sprinkles, but still a great day. Snow was soft and only at the top. Easy to navigate.

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