NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE™
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OVERVIEW MAP OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS
THE PEAKS IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE
MISSION PEAK - Elevation 2,517' (767 m)
At 2,517 feet, Mission Peak towers over the southern arm of the San Franciso Bay. It offers a 360-degree panorama that extends from San Jose to Mount Tamalpais. On a clear day, you can even see the Sierra Nevada range to the east.
Original Six-Pack route: Hiking Mission Peak
Distance: 9.2 miles; Vertical +/- 1,992 ft.
MOUNT UMUNHUM - Elevation 3,486' (1,063 m)
The peak was long off limits, but after a major cleanup operation removed almost all of an abandoned air force station, it was opened to the public in 2017. The hike uses a purpose-built singletrack trail that switchbacks up to the summit.
Original Six-Pack route: Hiking Mount Umunhum
Distance: 7.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,150 ft.
MOUNT TAMALPAIS VIA STINSON BEACH - Elevation 2,572' (784 m)
This loop trail from Stinson Beach to the summit of Mt Tamalpais is a good choice for a summer hike since it can start in a cool morning fog along the coast. After hiking 8 miles and over 3000 vertical feet, you’ll find yourself on the summit of a mountain with a fire lookout tower.
Original Six-Pack route: Stinson Beach to Mt Tamalpais Loop
Distance: 16 miles; Vertical +/- 3,200 ft.
MOUNT DIABLO VIA MITCHELL CANYON - Elevation 3,849' (1,173 m)
This summit provides some of the best views in the Bay Area. On a clear day, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and even the Farallon Islands beyond. To the east, the Sierra Nevada Range. There is a line-of-sight with the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite.
Original Six-Pack route: Hiking Mount Diablo via Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center
Distance: 13.2 miles; Vertical +/- 3,274 ft.
MOUNT SIZER - Elevation 3,215' (980 m)
This hike steeply climbs and descends several ridges. Mount Sizer is the high point in the park along Blue Ridge. This loop is a clockwise loop from park headquarters that ascends “The Shortcut”– often cited as the steepest trail in the Bay Area. Includes an optional side trip to Jackass Peak.
Original Six-Pack route: Mount Sizer and Jackass Peak
Distance: 16 miles; Vertical +/- 4,400 ft.
ROSE PEAK - Elevation 3,817' (1,163 m)
This hike through the Ohlone Wilderness travels rugged terrain and rolling green hills, with an optional detour to seasonal Murietta Falls.
Original Six-Pack route: Rose Peak from Del Valle Lake
Distance: 20.2 miles; Vertical +/- 4,500 ft.