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Join the Challenge

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual 2021 SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Pick any six of nine iconic peaks to build your own personal challenge.

You'll be building memories and helping support Big City Mountaineers as they bring life-transforming wilderness experiences to under-resourced youth.

2021 SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

Overview Map of the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

The Peaks of the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

2021 Cucamonga Peak badge

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.

Recommended Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon
Distance: 11.6 miles; Vertical +/- 4,300 ft.

2021 Mount Baldy badge

MOUNT SAN ANTONIO (MT BALDY) – Elevation 10,064′ (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.

Recommended Six-Pack route: Manker Flats ► Devil's Backbone ► Ski Hut Loop
Distance: 10.2 miles; Vertical +/- 3,900 ft

2021 Mount San Jacinto badge

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.

Recommended Six-Pack route: Marion Mountain Trail to San Jacinto
Distance: 11.4 miles; Vertical +/- 4,689 ft.

2021 Ontario Peak badge

ONTARIO PEAK – Elevation 8,696′ (2,651m)

Just north of Cucamonga Peak, this 8,696′ summit is reached via popular Icehouse Canyon near Baldy Village. With a little extra effort, you can also bag nearby Bighorn Peak, too!

Recommended Six-Pack Route Details: Hiking Ontario and Bighorn Peaks
Distance: 12.4 miles; Vertical +/- 3,738 ft.

2021 Mount Baden-Powell badge

MOUNT BADEN-POWELL – Elevation 9,406′ (2,867m)

One of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Baden-Powell climbs nearly 3,000 feet to commanding 360-degree views and a trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Hiking Mount Baden-Powell
Distance: 8.7 miles; Vertical +/- 2,900 ft.

2021 Sitton Peak badge

SITTON PEAK – Elevation 3,273′ (998m)

At an elevation of 3,273 feet is the lowest peak of the dozen, but conveniently close for Orange, Riverside and San Diego County residents. It's roughly 10 miles with over 2,100 feet of vertical gain to the summit.

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Hiking Sitton Peak
Distance: 10 miles; Vertical +/- 2,150 ft.

2021 Sawmill Mountain badge

SAWMILL MOUNTAIN – Elevation 8,819′ (2688m)

The highest point in Kern County at 8,819 feet, Sawmill Mountain is also part of the 3-2-1 Challenge (since you're there).

Recommended Six-Pack Route: Mount Pinos and Sawmill Mountain – Modern Hiker
Distance: 7.4 miles; Vertical +/- 1,500 ft.

2021 Santiago Peak badge

SANTIAGO PEAK – Elevation 5,689′ (1,734m)

Hiking “Saddleback” from either the Maple Springs or Cadillac trailheads (both open) take you to the highest point in Orange County.

Original Six-Pack Route: Holy Jim Trail to Santiago Peak (Currently closed)
Distance: ~15 miles; Vertical +/- 4,469 ft.

Suggested Six-Pack Route: Santiago Peak via Maple Springs
Distance 9.5 mi; Vertical +/- 1,463 ft.

Latest SoCal Challenge Hike Logs

Sawmill Mountain
Lisa Alexander

Sawmill

Beautiful day, a little windy. Did Mt.Pinos and Sawmill.  One section coming down had a bit of snow, but nothing too hard.

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Sitton Peak
Peter Hopping

Easy Peasy

We left at 6 AM. Simple hike except for the final half mile. Only a few people on the trail on the way up. Passed

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Sitton Peak
Jonathan Saldebar

Sitton Peak 1 of 6

The parking lot had about 5 cars upon arriving and launched onto the trail at 6:03am.  Two people were ahead of us that had headlamps

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Strawberry Peak
Nicholas Gales

A “Sweet” Hike!

My girlfriend and I started this hike around 2:45PM. It was bright and sunny (but not hot) with a little breeze, and there was little

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