SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge™


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Mount Wilson: 34.226400, -118.066000
Cucamonga Peak: 34.222448, -117.585125
Mount San Antonio: 34.288850, -117.646065
San Bernardino Peak: 34.122144, -116.922169
Mount San Jacinto: 33.814811, -116.678925
San Gorgonio: 34.098799, -116.824579
Ontario Peak: 34.227735, -117.623835
Mount Baden-Powell: 34.358317, -117.763996

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. 


Mt 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
Alternate peak: Mount Baden-Powell

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
Alternate peak: Ontario Peak

Mount Baldy

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

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

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

San Gorgonio Mountain

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

Wide open midweek Mt. Wilson Hike

By peeklay | February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

A mild but wintery taste of Baden-Powell

By Vickie G | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Barely made it

By TashiaFickas | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Presidents' Day Solo Hike

By mountainbrooke | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Weekday Warrior Women's Hike to Mt. Wilson

By kingamodos | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Holy Mother of Mountains #1!

By Debra G. | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Mt. Wilson X2

By abrabbee | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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.

Mt. Wilson with two two legged friends, and one four legged friend!

By kdennis | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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, […]

First Peak at Mt. Wilson

By Laura | February 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 […]

There's snow

By GERARDO GORDO GARCIA | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]