The Pacific Northwest Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge includes these iconic hikes
Hike any six of these ten mountains to complete the challenge, or hike all ten!
Take the old trail and you'll climb over 4,000 vertical feet in less than three miles. Fortunately, there is a longer-but-kinder new trail with switchbacks. With that vertical gain, either option is a physical challenge.
Mount Pilchuck is a very popular hiking destination in the North Cascades despite the difficult, rocky climb to the top. The historic lookout tower is part of the appeal, but the real attraction are the million-dollar views.
Mount Ellinor stands nearly 6,000′ above sea level, a prominent sentinel at the south-eastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The trail up Mt. Ellinor has a reputation for being steep, but rewarding with terrific views.
A steep climb up the south-facing slope of Granite Mountain might reward you with wild huckleberries. The views from the top are legendary – one of the reasons there is still an active fire lookout tower at the summit.
Nestled between the Nisqually and Paradise Glaciers on Mount Rainier, Camp Muir is the highest point on the mountain that you can reach without a climbing permit. And you'll get some snow travel up the Muir snowfield above Paradise.
Mount Saint Helens
Climbing to the top of this active stratovolcano is challenging, but won't require any technical skills, but it does require a permit, so apply early. For 2020, you can apply for a permit on March 1st.
New for the 2022 Challenge
Mount Storm King is a challenging hike with a little of everything; steep switchbacks, a rope section and a rock scramble to the summit. This peak towers over Crescent Lake.
This six-million year old shield volcano is the highest point of the Columbia Gorge, and is considered by some to be “the hardest hike in Oregon”. Lots of vertical, but you'll be rewarded with front seat views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens.
This popular hike is steep, but rewards with stunning views of the Snoqualmie River Valley. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
Note that the final scramble up The Haystack to the true summit is optional.
Located off Mountain Loop Highway in the Mt Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, this is a steep out-and-back hike, climbing an average of nearly 1,000 feet per mile. Renown for wildflowers and bird watching.
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