SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE™
OVERVIEW MAP OF THE SOCAL SIX-PACK OF PEAKS
You can hike the peaks from a number of challenging routes. You can hike them as day hikes or as part of an overnight backpacking trip. For 2018, we have introduced two alternate peaks: you can substitute Mount Baden-Powell for Mount Wilson; or Ontario Peak for Cucamonga Peak.
THE PEAKS IN THE SOCAL SIX-PACK
MOUNT WILSON - Elevation 5,713' (1,741 m)
Mount Wilson can be hiked or backpacked year-round, and rarely gets dusted with snowfall. The summit is home to a cluster of telescopes that are still in use today, including the 100-year old, 100-inch Hooker telescope where Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe extended well beyond the Milky Way, and was in fact expanding.
Original Six-Pack route: Chantry Flats up Sturtevant Trail, down Winter Creek
Alternate peak: Mount Baden-Powell
CUCAMONGA PEAK - Elevation 8,859' (2,701m)
Cucamonga Peak towers above the Inland Empire, with epic views and an Instagram-friendly rock outcrop. It may or not get it's name from a Shoshonee Chief who sent his wayward daughter to live on the summit.
Original Six-Pack route: Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak
Alternate peak: Ontario Peak
MOUNT SAN ANTONIO (MT BALDY) - Elevation 10,069' (3,068m)
Better known as Mount Baldy thanks to it's tree-less, often snow-capped crown, this peak is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains and the highest point in Los Angeles County.
Original Six-Pack route: Manker Flats ► Devil's Backbone ► Ski Hut Loop
MOUNT SAN JACINTO - Elevation 10,834' (3,302m)
John Muir described Mount San Jacinto like this, "The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" Who are we to argue? San J towers above Palm Springs and provides an alpine environment right in SoCal.
Original Six-Pack route: Marion Mountain Trail to San Jacinto
Peak Mount Wilson Group Solo Trailhead Chantry Flats It was a bit cold to start but with proper layering the weather was pretty ideal. No bugs which was great. I think I saw 2 people the entire hike until the last part near the bottom. Overall its a pretty tough hike but I am not […]
Peak Mount Baden Powell Group Trailhead Vincent Gap Started early under crisp blue skies from the Vincent Gap Trailhead. Weather was very cold, but warmed up quickly as we climbed up the trail under a bright sun on fresh powder. The first thing that became very apparent was, we had great weather. No winds […]
Peak Mount Wilson Group Womenhowhike / mt chicks Trailhead Cherry flats Started at 5:30 am with head lamps on it is a steady incline up to the camp sits …. a few super narrow trail areas so if you have fear of heights bring some one who will help you through it. After we took […]
Peak Mount Baldy Group Trailhead Manker Flats The plan was to hike San Bernardino on Monday morning, but Sunday night as I was setting out my gear for the next day and checking Mountain Forecast, I realized I had forgotten to submit a Cucamonga Wilderness permit. Doh! Not wanting to risk fines, I decided […]
Peak Mount Wilson Group Girls Who Hike LA Trailhead Sierra Madre I consider this one an easy/moderate hike. Although it was over 16 miles, we maintained a relatively slow speed, so everyone could keep up. The most surprising thing was the temperature change we experienced during the hike. We went from wearing t-shirts at the […]
Peak Mount Wilson Group Trailhead Chantry Flats Holy Mother of Mountains, Peak #1! It was beautiful day. The weather and trail conditions were perfect. It was a cool day with a high of 52 (supposedly), but with our bodies moving, we stayed warm. I was hiking with my daughters ages 14 and 11 along […]
Peak Mount Wilson Group Trailhead Chantry Flats I enjoyed this hike a lot more starting at Chantry. Last time, I started at the summit and did it in reverse. My wife and I enjoyed a nice, quiet day on the trail – especially on the way down.
Peak Mount Wilson Group Trailhead Chantry Flats We started at Chantry flats. hiked the Sturtevant Falls section, stopped at Sturtevant camp to refill water, took a break at the halfway marker along the switchbacks, and then enjoyed the museum and lunch in the patio area. Hiked down Mt. Wilson trail to WInter Creek Trail, […]
Peak Mount Wilson Group Trailhead Sierra Madre entrance. Brutal! We started from the Sierra Madre entrance. Based on my Fitbit and Fitbitt app we hiked 17 miles in almost 10 hours with an elevation gain of 5,650 feet. This was our first peak of the challenge. The weather was perfect! It was hot in […]
Peak Cucamonga Peak Group Trailhead Icehouse canyon The hike had such an amazing view of Mt Baldy and many panoramic views. Me and my brother did not expect snow and cold winds, but knowing that we had a challenge on our hands, we decided to go on. We reached the saddle and cold freezing […]