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The San Diego Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is a self-paced hiking and trail running challenge up six iconic San Diego County mountains, including “the hardest hike in San Diego” and the high point of San Diego County.

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.

2021 San Diego Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Overview Map of the San Diego Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the San Diego Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

2021 Volcan Mountain

VOLCAN MOUNTAIN – Elevation 5,353′ (1632 m)

This 5,353′ peak has views of a transitioning landscape, with views that extend to the Pacific Ocean and even Catalina Island on a clear day, and to Anza-Borrego and the Salton Sea to the east. It was considered as a potential site for the observatory that was eventually built on Mount Palomar, and you can still see the remains of the outpost built during the siting study. It's also home to a USPS Air Mail signal tower that dates back to the 1920's when such towers guided pilots across the country at night.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Hiking Volcan MountainSoCalHiker
Distance: 5.1 miles; Vertical +/- 1,170 feet

2021 Mount Woodson

MOUNT WOODSON – Elevation 2,881′ (878m)

Better known for the side-trip to “Potato Chip Rock”, Mount Woodson (also known as Woodson Mountain) is popular for a reason.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Woodson Mountain from Lake Poway 
Distance: 6.6 miles; Vertical +/- 2,000 feet

2021 Cuyamaca

CUYAMACA PEAK – Elevation 6,512′ (1,985m)

San Diego's second highest peak, with views that on a clear day can stretch from Mexico to the Coronado Islands. Located in a State Park, dogs are only allowed on paved trails, and there happens to be one to the summit. 

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Cuyamaca Highlands – Scott Turner Hikes
Distance: varies; Vertical +/- varies


2021 Hot Springs Mountain BADGE

HOT SPRINGS MOUNTAIN – Elevation 6,533′ (1991m)

At 6,533′ Hot Springs Mountain is the tallest in San Diego County, making it a must-hike peak for high-pointers. It's located on the Los Coyotes Reservation, which requires a $10 entrance fee.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Hiking Hot Springs Mountain
Distance: 10.2 miles; Vertical +/- 2,118 feet

2021 El Cajon Mountain

EL CAJON MOUNTAIN – Elevation 3,648′ (1112m)

At 3,648′ El Cajon Mountain is not the tallest by far, but this 11 mile trek climbs 4,000 vertical feet, making it one of the toughest in San Diego.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan) – Uphill Both Ways 
Distance: 11 miles; Vertical +/- 4,000 feet

2021 High Point

HIGH POINT – Elevation 6,138′ (1871m)

The highest point on Mount Palomar is 6,138′ High Point, with a strenuous 13 mile hike to match.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Hiking to High Point on Palomar Mountain
Distance: 13.8 miles; Vertical +/- 3,509 feet

Latest San Diego Challenge Hike Logs

Volcan Mountain
Kelly Morris


Trail was straightforward, first part was shaded and second half exposed. Fire ants on the ground everywhere. Decent day hike! 7am-930am, not too hot.

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Volcan Mountain
Laura Dick

This Hike Has it All!

This is easily one of my favorite San Diego hikes.  It's got it all!  Ocean views, desert views, trees, open fields, a little history, and

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Cuyamaca Peak
Evan Hovenden

Toasty Loops

A warm hike, but there were some solid views at the end. Despite being a Saturday, it wasn't crowded at all. The trail was a

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Mount Woodson
Leonardo Viana

Chip and fall

Started 6:40 AM to avoid the mid day heat inbred return. The trail from the parking lot around the lake has one uphill in the

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Volcan Mountain
Cory Jameson

Nickel Brewing Trip

Took the 5 Oaks route on the way up. Perfect shade cover and not nearly as steep! Came back down the fire road and it

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