6,593 ft / 2,010 m


1,273 ft / 388 m


5 summits

Top climbing months

March   33%

April   33%

May   16%

Most climbed route

Mission Pine Trail

"I hiked the Big Three as an overnight backpack - San Rafael and McKinley on Saturday, Santa Cruz and Cachuma on Sunday. It rained the night before and there were fresh mountain lion and bear prints everywhere in the mud. Combined with 50 mph gusts and an unexpected hail storm, I had a somewhat uneasy night camped at McKinley Spring. " - klotito, Apr 8, 2017
"This weekend's hiking, which ended up being just under 37 miles in total, was devoted to the HPS "Big Three," with a couple of add-ons (Cachuma Mountain plus a bonus ascent of McKinley). On Saturday, I started from Cachuma Saddle, then hit Cachuma Mountain on the way to my campsite at McKinley Springs. After setting up camp, I went up to San Rafael Mountain, came down and had dinner at McKinley Saddle, then went up McKinley Mountain to watch the sun set." - HikerMark, May 16, 2015



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