Join the Challenge

The 4th Annual Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-paced hiking and trail running challenge up six iconic PNW mountains.

This year there are ten mountains to choose from. Hike any six to complete the challenge and earn your finisher patch, or tackle the ‘classic' peaks and earn a special badge. 

You choose whether you want to complete them in six days, six weeks, or take the entire year. 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.

Overview Map of the Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The 'Classic' Six

MAILBOX PEAK – Elevation 4,841′ (1476 m)

Take the old trail and you'll climb over 4,000 vertical feet in less than three miles. Fortunately, there is a longer-but-kinder new trail with switchbacks. With that vertical gain, either option is a physical challenge.

Six-Pack Route Details: Mailbox Peak Loop
Distance: 8.3 miles; Vertical +/- 4,237 ft.

Mount Pilchuck - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT PILCHUCK – Elevation 5,341′ (1629m)

Mount Pilchuck is a very popular hiking destination in the North Cascades despite the difficult, rocky climb to the top. The historic lookout tower is part of the appeal, but the real attraction are the million-dollar views.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Mount Pilchuck
Distance: 5.5 miles; Vertical +/- 2,300 ft.

Mount Ellinor - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT ELLINOR – Elevation 5,952′ (1814 m)

Mount Ellinor stands nearly 6,000′ above sea level, a prominent sentinel at the south-eastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The trail up Mt. Ellinor has a reputation for being steep, but rewarding with terrific views.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Mount Ellinor
Distance: 6.6 miles; Vertical +/- 3,286 ft.

Granite Mountain - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

GRANITE MOUNTAIN – Elevation 5,629′ (1716 m)

A steep climb up the south-facing slope of Granite Mountain might reward you with wild huckleberries. The views from the top are legendary – one of the reasons there is still an active fire lookout tower at the summit.

Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Granite Mountain
Distance: 8.6 miles; Vertical +/- 3,800 ft.

Camp Muir - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

CAMP MUIR – Elevation 10,188′ (3105 m)

Nestled between the Nisqually and Paradise Glaciers on Mount Rainier, Camp Muir is the highest point on the mountain that you can reach without a climbing permit. And you'll get some snow travel up the Muir snowfield above Paradise.

Six-Pack Route Details: Camp Muir Route via Skyline Trail
Distance: 8.4 miles; Vertical +/- 4,696 ft.

Mount Saint Helens - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT SAINT HELENS – Elevation 8,363′ (2549 m)

Climbing to the top of this active stratovolcano is challenging, but won't require any technical skills, but it does require a permit, so apply early. 

For 2021, climbing permits will be made available on the first of each month at 7:00am PST for the following month. This new process will remain in place throughout the permit quota season, ending October 31, 2021. Climbing permits cost $15 per person per day. A $6 reservation fee is charged per transaction.

Six-Pack Route Details: Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail
Distance: 10 miles; Vertical +/- 4,500 ft.

The Alternate Peaks

Mount Dickerman - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT DICKERMAN – Elevation 5,729′ (1746 m)

Located off Mountain Loop Highway in the Mt Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, this is a steep out-and-back hike, climbing an average of nearly 1,000 feet per mile. Renown for wildflowers and bird watching.

Six-Pack Route DetailsMount Dickerman Trail
Distance: 8.3 miles; Vertical +/- 3,854 ft.

Mount Storm King - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT STORM KING – Elevation 4,538′ (1383 m)

Mount Storm King is a challenging hike with a little of everything; steep switchbacks, a rope section and a rock scramble to the summit. This peak towers over Crescent Lake. 

There is a fee to enter Olympic National Park.

Six-Pack Route DetailsMount Storm King
Distance: 5.3 miles; Vertical +/- 2,076 ft.

Mount Si - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT SI – Elevation 4,114′ (1254 m)

This popular hike is steep, but rewards with stunning views of the Snoqualmie River Valley. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. 

Note that the final scramble up The Haystack to the true summit is optional.

Six-Pack Route DetailsMount Si Trail
Distance: 7.5 miles; Vertical +/- 3,336 ft.

Mount Defiance - Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks

MOUNT DEFIANCE – Elevation 4,935′ (1504 m)

This six-million year old shield volcano is the highest point of the Columbia Gorge, and is considered by some to be “the hardest hike in Oregon”. Lots of vertical, but you'll be rewarded with front seat views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens. 

Six-Pack Route DetailsMount Defiance Trail
Distance: 12.4 miles; Vertical +/- 5,072 ft.

Latest Pacific Northwest Challenge Hike Logs

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

No view from the top, to cloudy…but still a beautiful hike and a great day…had to hike the road to the trailhead, the lower gate

Read More »
Mailbox Peak

My death march

This was my first hike in the group…. Also my first asthma attack… Eek! I didn't recognize it, thought I was just sorely out of

Read More »
Mount Ellinor

Mount Ellinor

Had to start 3 miles below the lower trail head due to trees down and blocking road from previous nights wind storm… about a mile

Read More »