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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
Ethan

Beautiful Black Butte

Gorgeous day on Black Butte. Started the hike with Jeff and David from the lower trailhead making for a long day on the Butte. The

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Sutton Mountain
Vernon

Sutton Mountain 2-06-2022

Beautiful day for a hike with my sister.  The trail parking was easily passed so watch it. There is a mildly barded wire gate to

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Black Butte
Barbara

Black Butte the hard way!

Road to the Upper trailhead was impassable so we ended up starting at the lower trailhead making this a 10 mile hike. Hiked the 1st

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