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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.

Suggested Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Sutton Mountain
Distance: 7.0 miles; Vertical +/- 1,612 ft.
Sutton Mountain Weather Forecast

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.

Suggested Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Black Butte (Upper Trailhead)
Distance: 4.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,443 ft.
Black Butte Weather Forecast

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.

Suggested Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Black Crater
Distance: 7.3 miles; Vertical +/- 2,260 ft.
Black Crater Weather Forecast

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.

Suggested Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Mount Bachelor
Distance: 6.4 miles; Vertical +/- 2,664 ft.
Mount Bachelor Weather Forecast

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.

Suggested Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Maiden Peak
Distance: 12 miles; Vertical +/- 3,000 feet
Maiden Peak Weather Forecast

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).

Recommended Six-Pack route: Hiking South Sister
Distance: 12 miles; Vertical +/- 4,820 ft.
South Sister Weather Forecast

Latest Central Oregon Challenge Hike Logs

Black Butte
William

Black Butte

First hike in a couple months, about 10 miles and 3500 feet of elevation gain. It kicked my butt, altogether took about 4 hours and

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Sutton Mountain
N

Sutton Mountain Hike

Little muddy on the way up but mostly dried out by the time we headed down. Not a ton of wildflowers but a few. Beautiful

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Sutton Mountain
Katie

Sutton Mountain

Trailhead was not marked but easy to find just after mile marker 15 on road 207. trail was muddy and a little slippery but dried

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Sutton Mountain
Dorothy

Summit Mountain Expedition

This was a remote and beautiful hike. The sky was sunny and the temperature was comfortable.  The trail wasn't particularly busy. I crossed paths with

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Sutton Mountain
Holly Morton

Sutton Mountain

This was a beautiful day, and we only saw a few people.  The trailhead is hard to find, but given that this is partially private

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Sutton Mountain
Lisa Sequeira

Sutton Mountain

Sutton Mountain is technically a wilderness study area.  It is a large cow pasture with no trails and the “mountain” is really a ridge with

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