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The best way to prepare for mountains like Cucamonga, Baldy, and San Gorgonio is to train consistently on smaller trails. Here are some trails to get you outdoors and building cardio.

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Popularized by Jeff Hester, the Six Pack of Peaks is a series of six strenuous Southern California peaks, hiked in sequence. Many complete these peaks as training for the High Sierras.

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You’ve gotten yourself in shape on the Six Pack of Peaks. Now you are ready to hike some bigger mountains in the High Sierra. If you are new to the Sierra, try these classics to get started.

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Index of Places

NameMileageDifficultyLocationGainElevation
Sunset Peak82-EasyCucamonga Wilderness14005796
Claremont Wilderness Park Loop53-EasyClaremont823NA
Mount Williamson via Islip Saddle53-EasyAngeles Wilderness15758244
Big Santa Anita Canyon Winter Creek Loop53-EasyPasadena1800NA
Potato Mountain53-EasyClaremont12003422
Mount Islip73-EasyAngeles Wilderness16278251
Smith Mountain6.54-ModerateAngeles Forest18535111
Icehouse Canyon – Chapman Trail Loop94-ModerateCucamonga Wilderness26205780
Angel's Landing54-ModerateZion National Park14885790
Sitton Peak94-ModerateCleveland National Forest22003273
Timber Peak via Icehouse Canyon95-ModerateCucamonga Wilderness33258303
Mount Baden-Powell85-ModerateAngeles Wilderness28189406
Jenny Lakes Wilderness Loop (+Mitchell Peak)325-ModerateSequoia 195810365
Ontario Peak via Icehouse Canyon (+Bighorn Peak)14.56-HardCucamonga Wilderness41708694
Strawberry Peak via Colby Canyon (aka Mountaineers Route)
116-HardAngeles Wilderness27306165
Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail156-HardCleveland National Forest39205689
Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon (+Etiwanda Peak)14.56-HardCucamonga Wilderness51258858
San Gorgonio Mountain via Vivian Creek18.56-HardSan Gorgonio Wilderness584011503
Telescope Peak146-HardDeath Valley300011043
Mount Baldy via Ski Hut Trail8.56-HardCucamonga Wilderness390010064
San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Trail126-HardSan Jacinto Wilderness468910834
Three T's Trail (Thunder Mtn, Telegraph Pk, Timber Pk)17.56-HardCucamonga Wilderness56358986
Mount Wilson via Sierra Madre146-HardAngeles Wilderness47435713
San Bernardino Peak via Angeles Oaks16.56-HardSan Gorgonio Wilderness470210649
Mount Baldy via Register Ridge (+Mount Hardwood)107-HardCucamonga Wilderness390010069
Mount Baldy via Bear Canyon (aka Old Baldy) Trail137-HardCucamonga Wilderness575010069
Mount Langley via Old Army Pass18.57-HardEastern Sierras443214026
Alta Peak147-HardSequoia 391411207
White Mountain157-HardEastern Sierras345014252
San Gorgonio Mountain via Momyer237-HardSan Gorgonio Wilderness638911503
Pine Mountain Traverse (+Dawson Pk + Mt Baldy)147-HardSheep Mountain Wilderness469010069
Mount Whitney via Whitney Portal228-Very HardEastern Sierras671514508
High Sierra Trail (+Mt. Whitney)728-Very HardSequoia 1330314508
Mount Rainier via the Emmons Glacier Route89-Very HardCascade Range900014410