Includes peaks below 5,000 ft elevation in Southern California with "climbing, historical or geological interest and those which present... special panoramic views." All are Class 2 or below with an average round trip distance of 7 miles and 1,500 ft vertical gain. Selected by the Lower Peaks Committee; see more on the official site at


Highest peak

Santa Paula Peak

4,957 ft / 1,510 m

Most prominent peak

Sandstone Peak

2,201 ft / 670 m

Most summited peak

Sandstone Peak

110 summits

Most difficult peak

Sitton Peak

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 2 peaks

Top climbing months

January   13%

March   12%

April   11%

"With the spirit of avoiding state park fees, I avoided driving into Lake Perris State Recreation Area and instead began to the north and outside of the park. As guidance, I used one of the previous posts that mentioned a use trail that begins near Theodore and Alessandro in Moreno Valley. I found several use trails in the area and found one that went up toward the high peaks. The wide trails quickly deteriorated to cross country routes up the slope. Once I realized I was going cross country, I just kept going toward the high point. I finally topped out on the summit of Peak 2570, with grea" - Mount Russell, Peak-Conquistador, Nov 10, 2018
"Parked at a small turnout straight across from the peak on Geology Tour Road. Hiked straight up to the saddle south of the peak. Visited the southern peak first, then hiked northerly to Malapai Hill. Returned the same way." - Malapai Hill, joecaveness, Nov 10, 2018
"My first trip to the Channel Islands. My friend Jared and I came for the day and made it to the top with an hour of time to spare. Saw several fox, a scrub jay, and a perrigan falcon. Have to come back and scuba dive for sure. " - El Montanon, MatthewWinterberg, Nov 8, 2018
"Was expecting cool weather on a November day, but I guess the Santa Ana Mountains didn't get the memo. I took the Old San Juan Trail all the way to both summits. My first stop was Sugarloaf Peak. According to LPC directions, there is a use trail to the right upon reaching the mountain. To my surprise, I found the small use trail marked by a pile of rocks. The narrow trail cut through the high bushes. Had to climb over a few small boulders on the way up, but on top I found the register and peak sign. After hanging around a few minutes, I went back down to the Old San Juan Trail and proceede" - Sugarloaf, Peak-Conquistador, Nov 3, 2018
"The Old San Juan Trail took me to the base of Old Sugarloaf from Sugarloaf Peak. The use trail had a little more grand entrance than Sugarloaf (Two ducks instead of a pile of rocks). Old Sugarloaf loomed rather high over head, and it proved to be as difficult as it looked, being a rather steep climb to reach the summit. I again hung around to sign the register and take a few pictures. The peak conquests were over, but I had to spend the rest of the afternoon climbing uphill back to the trail-head in the heat. This part of the hike wasn't as much fun as climbing the peaks." - Old Sugarloaf, Peak-Conquistador, Nov 3, 2018