The Six Pack of Peaks

Popularized by Jeff Hester, the Six Pack of Peaks is a series of six strenuous Southern California peaks, hiked in sequence. Completing this series of peaks is a great fitness project. It’s also a great way to train for Mount Whitney, the High Sierra Trail, or John Muir Trail.

  1. Mount Wilson
  2. Cucamonga Peak
  3. Mount Baldy
  4. San Bernardino Peak
  5. San Jacinto Peak
  6. San Gorgonio Mountain

This trailhead is Pasadena. This 14-mile up and back hike gains 4,743′ of elevation and tops out at 5,713′. Front the summit, you can see LA and the ocean on a clear day.

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The Icehouse Canyon Trailhead is five miles below the Manker Flats Trailhead to Mount Baldy. This 15-mile out and back twin peak trail gains 5,125′ and tops out at 8,858′ (Cucamonga) and 8,603′ (Etiwanda).

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Mount Baldy is a California classic. The trailhead is above Upland/Claremont past the town of Mount Baldy. This trail is the shortest route to the summit. It is 8.5-miles and gains 3,900′ of elevation, topping out at 10,069′.

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As you make your way past Forest Falls up to the high country, you will come to Angeles Oaks. The trailhead is behind the Angeles Oaks Fire Station. This scenic 16.5-mile up and back trail gains 4,702′ of elevation and tops out at 10,649′.

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The trailhead for this route is near Idyllwild. This steep 12-mile up and back trail gains 4,689′ of elevation and tops out at 10,834′. From the summit, you can see the Salton Sea and even Catalina Island on a clear day.

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The trailhead is just past Forest Falls, near Redlands, CA. This scenic, but tough, 18.5-mile hike gains an impressive 5,840′ of elevation and tops out at 11,503′ – the highest peak in Southern California.

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