This is a series of six progressively strenuous day hikes up progressively more difficult peaks in Southern California. Done in sequence, these hikes are an excellent part of a training program that will prepare you for hiking Mount Whitney or other big, high-altitude adventures.
Although you can easily drive to the trailheads and hike these as a day hike, each hike will consume most of your day. I hiked them over a period of six consecutive weekends, and they provided great variety.
As an added bonus, when you complete this series, you will have "bagged" at least six notable SoCal peaks!
Here are the hikes, in the recommended sequence:
Mt. Wilson - Home to a large array of Los Angelese television and radio towers, as well as the Mt. Wilson Observatory. Summit elevation 5,712'
Cucamonga Peak - The first half of this trail follows beautiful Icehouse Canyon. Summit elevation 8,859'
Mt. San Antonio - Known by many as "Mt. Baldy" this is a SoCal icon. Summit elevation 10,068'
San Bernardino Peak - This little-known trail provides a welcome escape from the crowds. Summit elevation 10,649'
San Jacinto Peak - Ascending the Marion Mountain trail, this route skips the tram for maximum benefit. Summit elevation 10,834'
San Gorgonio - "Old Greyback" is the highest peak in Southern California! Summit elevation 11,503'
Check with the ranger stations for current trail conditions. Even though these trails are all in southern California, they are often covered in several feet of snow during the winter and spring months. When the trails are clear of snow, none of these hikes require any technical climbing or special equipment.
Start hiking early! Beat the heat and the crowds. These hikes are long, and it helps to get head start.
All of the trailheads in this series require a National Forest Adventure Pass for parking.