SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge™



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.

UPDATE: To accommodate trail closures due to forest fires, we now have a total of twelve peaks to choose from. The original six, plus six new peaks. You pick the six you want to hike to complete your challenge.


2019 Mount Wilson

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

2019 Cucamonga Peak

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

2019 Mount Baldy

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.

Original Six-Pack route: Manker Flats ► Devil's Backbone ► Ski Hut Loop

2019 San Bernardino Peak

SAN BERNARDINO PEAK - Elevation 10,649' (3,246m)

A challenger-favorite, San Bernardino Peak sits on a ridgeline that extends nearly to San Gorgonio, and in fact, is the western-most summit in the 9-Peaks Challenge

Original Six-Pack route: San Bernardino Trail from Angelus Oaks

2019 Mount San Jacinto

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

2019 San Gorgonio

SAN GORGONIO MOUNTAIN - Elevation 11,503' (3,506m)

Old Greyback is the tallest mountain in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the highest point in Southern California. It's also the 7th most prominent mountain in the contiguous 48 states. 

Original Six-Pack route: Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio


2019 Ontario Peak

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!

2019 Mount Baden-Powell

MOUNT BADEN-POWELL - Elevation 9,399' (2,865m)

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.

2019 Sitton Peak

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.

2019 Mount Pinos

MOUNT PINOS - Elevation 8,847' (2697m)

The highest point in Ventura County at 8,847 feet, boasting 4,800 feet of prominence. It was also considered by the native Chumash people to be the center of the universe.

2019 Strawberry Peak

STRAWBERRY PEAK - Elevation 6,164' (1,879m)

The highest peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains, and includes a steep ridgeline scramble to the summit. The 6,164′ summit rewards your scrambling skills with some sweet summit views.

2019 Santiago Peak

SANTIAGO PEAK - Elevation 5,689' (1,734m)

Hiking "Saddleback" from Holy Jim Canyon takes you 8 miles up and 8 miles down, with 4,000 feet of vertical gain. And you'll stand on the highest point in Orange County!

NOTE: Santiago Peak is currently CLOSED due to the Holy Fire. We will update as soon as we get clarification from the rangers.