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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
Amanda Swick

Black Crater

This was one of my favorite hikes on the list to climb. There was still a spots where there was a lot of snow. It

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Black Crater
LUISA

Black Crater

Wasn't able to summit due to snow.  Wanted to flag to everyone that this hike is much different than the description due to a fire

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Black Butte
Jacob Brody

Black butte sunset

Went up black butte for sunset. We completed this a few months back in snowshoes but it was cloudy and there wasn’t a view so

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Black Butte
Rob Buckingham

Black Butte

Got an early start as the day was going to be in the 90's. Hammered it out in just a few hours. Could see all

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Black Butte
Thérèse

It's a Butte!

We've been putting this hike off waiting for a clear day. We were not disappointed. It was a lovely Sunday morning. We started our hike

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