Join the Challenge

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.

New for 2023! There are now nine mountains to choose from. Hike any six to complete the challenge and earn your finisher pin.

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 Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

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

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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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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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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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.

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Alternate Peaks

Belknap Crater

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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Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain

TOM, DICK & HARRY MOUNTAIN – Elevation 4,997′ (1,523 m)

Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain features incredible views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Jefferson. Plus you'll visit photogenic Mirror Lake. 

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Mount Bailey

MOUNT BAILEY – Elevation 8,330′ (2,539 m)

Mount Bailey in the Umpqua National Forest is the southernmost mountain in the challenge. It's a challenging hike that features stunning views of Mount Thielsen across Diamond Lake. 

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Meet the Curator

The peaks in the Central Oregon Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge have been curated by our own Jeff Hester, Bend resident and founder of the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Series.  

Jeff first fell in love with hiking and backpacking in the 1970s and is still at it, bagging peaks and seeking adventure. He can sometimes be found leading group hikes with the Bend Hiking Meetup

Sutton Mountain
Barbara

Don’t give up looking!

Since the route details have not yet been posted, plus we started before sunrise, it was a little difficult to find the trailhead. No signage

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Sutton Mountain
Laloni

Sutton Mountain

Three of us “Trail Sisters” who are ALL registered for the Six Peak Challenge, began the hike at 6:30 a.m. and saw the sun rise

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Sutton Mountain
Marisa

Sutton Mountain #1

We started our hike at 6:30 a.m. with headlamps.  The trail had snow most of the way up and was a chilly 30 degrees.  We

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Sutton Mountain
Don

Sutton mountain snow hike

Hike would be better in the spring. It was tough with snow drifts and extreme wind today. I will do it again in the spring!

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