Live in the Los Angeles region and love summiting peaks? Then here's a must-do peak challenge. Includes all peaks over 5,000 ft high with 1,000 ft prominence in an area easily accessible from the LA area. Approximate geographic boundaries are: Santa Monica to the west, edge of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino ranges to the north, edge of the San Bernardino, San Jacinto, and Santa Rosa ranges to the east, and roughly the San Diego county line to the south.


Highest peak

San Gorgonio Mountain

11,503 ft / 3,506 m

Most prominent peak

San Jacinto Peak

8,284 ft / 2,524 m

Most summited peak

Mount San Antonio

466 summits

Most difficult peak

San Gorgonio Mountain

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 9 peaks

Top climbing months

July   15%

June   12%

August   10%

"Great hike from Dawson Saddle to summit Baden-Powell. Started out sunny and then the wind picked up and the temp on the summit dropped to 50 degrees. Clouds were drifting over the summit, giving it a spooky feel!" - Mount Baden-Powell, S-J-Arelliano, Sep 30, 2018
"My 3rd summit of Waterman was way different than the other 2! I started from the exit of Buckhorn Campground up to Peak 7190, and then west along the ridge to meet with the Waterman Trail, and then a short cross-country to Waterman Benchmark (7,911'), back to the trail to hit Waterman Mountain (Twin Benchmark), the HPS summit which is this one I am logging now. Then I went around the U-shaped ridge to hit the true high point, which has an equipment shelter and a solar panel (close to 8,040'-8,050' elev.). Then, I basically hiked down the mountain northeast on any wildcard combo of use path," - Waterman Mountain, brianpowell, Sep 23, 2018
"Second peak on SC 20s & 30s scouting trip. Not as far as the real Ontario, but still a smooth trail (except for 1-2 blowdowns) and a beautiful journey. Trip stats computed from Caltopo from Bighorn to Ontario peaks." - Ontario Peak, ctrain2018, Sep 22, 2018
"Second time up here. Wanted to revisit a peak that caused me minor injury when I was very new. I found my routefinding so much better - I could pretty much keep it all almost high class 2 - and it was nice to feel like I've got a lot better with my low angle climbing technique. It's a legit fun scramble up a prominent peak nicely positioned for a wonderful view of the lower Gabriels. Oh and we missed the proper trail which I assume is common. We followed what was essentially a mountaineers use trail up to the base." - Strawberry Peak, JustinB, Sep 5, 2018
"Got to the parking lot/trailhead at about 7:45am and parking was almost full. The first 2 miles of the approx 3.5 mile hike are easy-peasy; mostly level. The last mile and a half is when you make up for it with steep trails, rocks, and stinging bees. Several people were getting stung (I got it twice) at around the 3.0 mile mark. Then on the way back down, yep, got stung twice more. Also had a rattlesnake kindly "warn" me of his presence! The sharp yucca plants and sharp thorny-plants also can be a pain (literally!) so long pants wouldn't be a terrible idea. But then with the bees and sn" - Strawberry Peak, marc, Aug 18, 2018