A much-needed solo day on the trail today! I set out just after 6am to tackle the steep switchbacks of Mount Baden-Powell. Initially, things weren’t
Join the Challenge
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual 2022 SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge — a self-paced hiking and trail running challenge up six iconic Southern California mountains.
This year there are eleven 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 SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge
The Peaks of the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge
The Original Six-Pack of Peaks
MOUNT WILSON – Elevation 5,713′ (1,741m)
Mount Wilson was closed by wildfires in 2020, but the old Mount Wilson Trail has been cleared for hiking. Be sure to obey all closure notices and trail restrictions, all of which are subject to change.
Recommended Six-Pack Route Details: Mount Wilson Trail
Distance: 13.2 miles; Vertical +/- 4,697 ft.
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.
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
San Bernardino Peak – Elevation 10,649′ (3,246m)
San Bernardino Peak is back open to the public! One of the best-kept secrets of Southern California is San Bernardino Mountain. Just five miles away from the highest peak in SoCal — San Gorgonio — San Bernardino tops out at a respectable 10,649 feet.
Recommended Six-Pack route: Hiking to San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
Distance: 16.5 miles; Vertical +/- 4,702 ft
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.
SAN GORGONIO – Elevation 11,503′ (3,506m)
San Gorgonio is the tallest mountain in Southern California, and a rite of passage for serious hikers in the area. At 11,503′, “Old Grayback” provides an excellent high altitude training for those preparing to summit Mt. Whitney. Note that permits are required for these hikes.
Original Six-Pack Route: San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek Trailhead
Distance: 17.3 miles; Vertical +/- 5,840 ft.
Alternate Six-Pack Route: San Gorgonio via Fish Creek Trailhead
Distance 18.4 mi; Vertical +/- 3,390 ft.
Alternate Six-Pack Route: San Gorgonio via South Fork Trailhead
Distance 22 miles; Vertical +/- 5,099 ft.
The Alternate Peaks
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.
SAWMILL MOUNTAIN – Elevation 8,822′ (2689m)
The highest point in Kern County at 8,822 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.
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.
Recommended Six-Pack Route Details: Strawberry Peak from Red Box
Distance: 7.5 miles; Vertical +/- 2,609 ft.
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.
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.
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.