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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)

Maiden Peak has been closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire. We have added Belknap Crater as an alternate peak.

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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Alternate Peak

Belknap Crater – Elevation 6,778′ (2,066 m)

Hike through a lava field on the PCT for fantastic views of Mount Washington and the Three Sisters. Take a slight detour and bag Little Belknap on your way up.

Advance permits are required from June 15th to October 15th. Day-use permits will be released in two rolling windows: 10 days and then two days before the trip date. Online permit request form

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Latest Central Oregon Challenge Hike Logs

Black Crater
Marisa

Black Crater #3

We celebrated Independence Day bagging our 3rd Peak!  There was a fair amount of snow crossings at about a mile from the summit, but we

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Black Crater
Johanna Kersten

Black Crater snow hills

Mostly burned trees through half of hike up. Then got through burn area, hit snow, only knew where trail was with AllTrails- instead of side

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Sutton Mountain
JEFF

Sutton in the sun!

Started at 09:15, so it was already getting warm. Took a bit to find the parking area as there are NO SIGNS that this the

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Maiden Peak
Alyssa Balzotti

A Maiden (Peak) Voyage

Started our challenge off with Maiden Peak! Definitely early summer conditions but we did it car to car in 5.5 hours hiking with a 20

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Sutton Mountain
Anna

Sutton mountain

Very interesting trail- must have been a cattle trail because we were stepping in dried mud with hood prints! Once we got to the “choose

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Black Crater
Doreen

Burn baby burn

The weather, views and first 2.5 miles were A+! The last mile and 700 vert was snow covered and the trail was buried. We were

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