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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 Strawberry Peak badge

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.

2021 Mount Wilson BADGE

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.

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.

2021 San Gorgonio badge

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. 

Latest SoCal Challenge Hike Logs

Strawberry Peak

With a Strawberry on top!

Although I am signed up to do the Climb For Heroes that will summit Mt. Baldy, events of last year left me cautious. So, rather

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Mount Wilson (SoCal)

Lunch at the Cosmic Cafe

After summiting Strawberry Peak, I drove up to Mt. Wilson. Had lunch at the Cafe, then explored the Observatory. While not the full hike from

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Santiago Peak

Off-roading bliss

You definitely need an off-road vehicle to get up to the trail head. You do need to step to the side of the road there

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Sitton Peak

Sitton is Sixth

This is peak #6 for me. It was a pretty easy stroll until the last half mile up to the peak, which was fairly vertical.

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Mount San Jacinto

San Jacinto

Great weather that day, weather reported low 40s but felt like 60s.  Love the restroom shortly after the beginning of the trail.  Well marked trail.

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