Socal Six Pack of Peaks 2020


Hola IEers

Are you ready to CHANGE YOUR LIFE?!?

::runs off of stage, high-fives audience members::

Recently I was anointed (that’s right, anointed… there was a ceremony and everything!*) as an ambassador for the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge which means it’s my job to get you all signed up for this awesomeness.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself and take your hiking to the next level, the Socal Six Pack of Peaks is the way to do it. Through the challenge you will climb progressively higher peaks, starting with the one everyone loves to hate (despite what Jeff says), Mt. Wilson, and ending with the highest peak in So Cal, San Gorgonio. Here are the peaks in order:

Mt. Wilson 5710 ft. (15 miles; 4200 elevation gain)
Cucamonga Peak 8859 ft. (12 miles; 4300 elevation gain)
Mt. Baldy 10064 f t. (11.3 miles; 3900 elevation gain)
San Bernardino Peak 10649 ft. (17 miles; 4700 elevation gain)
San Jacinto 10834 ft. (11.5 miles 2500 elevation if you take the tram)
San Gorgonio 11, 503 (17.3 miles 5840 elevation gain)


2020 EDITED TO ADD: Jeff added a whole bunch of other peaks so now there’s 18 you can choose from, you just need to finish six. Let me give you a tip: El Cajon has now taken over as the worst peak ever. Like, Wilson WISHES it could be as bad as El Cajon. See the full list here.

All together a total of 87 miles and over 27,000 feet of elevation gain.

As you can see, I have only written up the cheater’s way for San J. (and yes, I’ve done it via Marion AND Cactus to Clouds, thankyouverymuch) because I’m very busy with my job that pays the bills, but I hope to have the Marion guide written soon. Probably not the Cactus to Clouds route, though, because I was so delusional by the end of it I have no idea how I got there.

Anyway, the Six Pack is a great challenge, and a pretty awesome training plan if you’re wanting to do something like Mt. Whitney or anything in the Sierras. Plus, if you participate in the actual challenge, you get a bunch of cool stuff, are invited to the finisher’s party, and help to raise money for Big City Mountaineers, an organization that takes city kids to the mountains.

If you’re interested in participating, go ahead and use this link to sign up today.


*there 100% was not a ceremony of any sort





TrailheadVincent Gap parking lot
Length: 8.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft.
Difficulty: Strenuous, but a great first peak, kinda peak.
Total time: 4 hours
Dogs: Yep.
Parking: Adventure pass required



Most hikers in So Cal are all gaga over Baden-Powell, but I wasn’t that into it. To be fair I’d just hiked Whitney and Cactus to Clouds prior to slogging up BP, so I was pretty snobby about it and  complained that it was boring the entire time because in comparison it wasn’t as difficult as two of the hardest climbs in California. Also the view wasn’t as great as the Sierras, because, hello, THE SIERRAS.

However, because it IS so popular I thought I’d write it up so that I can generate more traffic to my site. Wait, did I type that out loud?

What I can say about this trail, is that it’s a reasonable distance with an elevation gain that is just enough to challenge you but not kill you. And, it’s covered for most of it, so you can do this one in the summer and not fry. The trail is also very well kept and extremely easy to follow.

Towards the top of the trail everything opens up and the canopy of trees disappates. You’ll also begin to see limber pines which have been around for over a thousand years.

Wally Waldron, named after a Boy Scout leader, is the most famous of the limber pines, estimated to be 1500 years old, so you know, almost as old as the laptop they make me carry around to do presentations at work.


The top also has an American flag, which was fairly recently replaced by those conscientious members at Lazy Ass Hiking. This flag actually was donated by a member named Ozzy who was celebrating his brand spankin’ new U.S. Citizenship.

This peak is definitely a great one for someone who has done enough conditioning hikes and is ready to tackle his or her first peak. I’d suggest trying this one between April – October to avoid massive snow fall, although you will probably see some snow into early May #elnino.