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San Diego 100 Peaks Challenge

Update 2021:
Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some logistics issues.
Please obey all closures and public health orders.
Stay safe. The challenge can wait.


  • Climb the 100 Peaks below in a calendar year (or year division of your choice, or take many years, it’s up to you!)

  • This peak list is different from the Sierra Club's list. It's intended to be a lot more accessible and encourage exploring every corner of the county.

  • This is an unofficial challenge. We do not keep track of anyone’s progress.

  • There is no entry fee and no registration. There is nowhere to sign up!

  • Since there is no fee, I encourage everyone to support the organizations below. They are one of the reasons that we have access to the peaks on this challenge.

  • You are doing this on your own; Any risk involved is a personal choice on your part.

  • If you’d like, submit a summit photo (preferably with you in it) on the social media platform of your choice of each peak, using the #100PeaksChallengeSD hashtag. Feel free to tag me @100peaks, too. If you don’t feel comfortable posting on social media, feel free to contact me and let me know how you’re doing.

  • You'll receive at least a patch for finishing

Goals of the Challenge

  • Get to know the diversity of San Diego County. From the coast to the desert and everything in between, San Diego County has a lot to offer.

  • Develop your outdoor skills and increase your confidence in safely recreating in a variety of environments.

  • Increase your fitness level.

  • Have you fall in love with the outdoor areas of San Diego County so that you will be a steward of the land, volunteering and donating to keep the outdoors available for generations to come.

  • Understand that ALL of our public (and private) land was once the land of Indigenous Nations, and that many of these Nations are still here, strong with their heritage and culture.


  • This challenge is not for everyone; it is not intended to be easy.

  • Many of the peaks require navigation skills, as there are no trails.

  • There are very difficult peaks on this list.

  • Feel free to reach out with questions, but we are not here to do your research for you

  • Several of the trailheads are accessed via dirt or sandy roads in the mountains or desert. A high-clearance vehicle with at least AWD is recommended, with some experience driving on and navigating these types of roads.

Finisher History

  • 2017 had two finishers (and they are an inspiration).

  • 2018 had no finishers.

  • 2019 had one finisher (Congrats!)

  • 2019-2020 had one finisher!

  • 2020 had three finishers!


  • Go out and purchase Afoot and Afield in San Diego County by Scott Turner and Jerry Schad (do it, you won’t be sorry, this is an affiliate link to Amazon)

  • Buy the local maps listed on my Amazon Gear Page (some of the books are interesting and helpful, too) This is also an affiliate link.

  • Start with the easy and well-signed suburban hikes

  • Do research

  • Group peaks together

  • Get to know your limitations

  • If you're nervous about something, research more

  • Do an 'easy' nervous one to develop your skills

  • Do research

  • Find a partner, but don't rely on them to know more than you

  • Don't just follow someone's GPS tracks

  • Know the way before you go

  • Bring plenty of water

  • Protect yourself from the sun

  • Eat a generous breakfast

  • Start early (pre-dawn) in the warmer seasons to avoid the traffic, heat, snakes, and bugs. You won’t get as hungry on the trail if you are done by lunch. You will also enjoy the thrill of watching the sunrise from the trail.

  • Use trekking poles

  • Keep extra water and food in the car, just in case

  • Do research

  • Google Earth and the MyTopo setting on Peakbagger.com should be a second home

  • Enjoy the process of learning how to plan, read maps, navigate, and make smart decisions

  • Do research

  • Have a delicious post-hike lunch at a great hamburger restaurant in Escondido. ;)

In some ways, I am intentionally vague about this challenge, since it really isn't for everyone and I'd like people to develop their skills along the way. It's not supposed to be easy.

100 Peaks is in no way responsible for any consequences for climbing these peaks during the challenge. We will, however, take credit for any personal growth that occurs during the pursuit of these peaks.

Entry Fee
There is no entry fee, since this is not an “official” challenge. Instead please become a member of or donate to one or more of the following local organizations (If you know of more, please let me know):

We expect you to:

  • leave an itinerary with someone who knows where you’ll be, when to call for help, and who to call

  • be in decent physical condition and know your limitations

  • know what to bring on a hike, including water, clothing, and equipment

  • know how to read a map, navigate outdoors, and do your own preparation (many peaks do not have marked trails or trails at all)

  • know where you are at all times

  • understand why so many people get rescued along the trails each year and avoid getting in those type of situations

  • be OK with bushwhacking and cross-country hiking

  • know what poison oak looks like

  • leave no trace and pick up any litter you find

  • respect the trail (no cutting switchbacks)

  • not hold 100peaks.com responsible for any injuries that occur while in pursuit of these peaks

  • be kind to anyone you meet on the trail (including wildlife, mountain-bikers, trail runners, equestrians, etc.)

  • to know when dogs are allowed and when they need to be off-leash

  • observe all posted rules and avoid trespassing onto private land

  • know exactly where the private land/National Forest/State Park etc. boundaries are

  • hike with a buddy if you are not extremely experienced

  • help those who appear to need help

  • avoid summit fever

  • consider subscribing to an emergency GPS device (PLB) service, like a Garmin or Spot device

  • independently create a strategy to complete these peaks in the appropriate weather and situation within the allotted year

  • Allow the experience to positively change you

Trail hazards exist
We expect you to understand, be prepared to avoid, or deal with:

  • hunting seasons

  • poison oak

  • cactus

  • ticks

  • rattlesnakes

  • mountain lions

  • injuries

  • getting lost

Check back soon or follow me on Facebook to be notified of updates.

Please Contact Me with any questions or suggestions! Thank you for your inspiration.

A list is below. I also have made a list on Peakbagger to help you track your progress.

List changes

  • Peak 4159 has been replaced by Red Butte

  • Rock Mountain has been replaced with Goat Mountain in Poway

  • Arrowmaker’s Ridge has been replaced with Paradise Mountain in Hellhole Canyon Preserve

  • Cuyamaca Peak is temporarily closed to the public, due to some SDGE construction

  • Square Top is no longer accessible through the Los Coyotes Reservation and has been replaced with Oriflamme Mountain

Sours: https://www.100peaks.com/challenge

Peaks List


The County Peaks List is an offering of the Outings Section of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. It is composed of one hundred peaks located within San Diego County. Each peak is publicly accessible and with the exception of one, all are rated non-technical1. The peaks on the list were selected based on their accessibility, topography, variety of terrain, prominence, and ability to offer climbers a well-rounded representation of the entire county. Some peaks can be combined for long “grand tour” type outings and backpacks, while some can be done as conditioning hikes after work. The main purpose of the list is to encourage outings to less traveled areas, to explore remote high points, to develop navigational skills and to instill within climbers a sense of stewardship of the land.

Please contact Skip Forsht (silverrfox at yahoo dot com) to request additions and/or changes to this list.

1Square Top (Point 4649) has an optional class 5 summit block; rope recommended

Original Peaks List

To avoid confusion, previous list finishers and climbers pursuing a list prior to the final version posted on this website, are credited with a list finish by completing a combination of 100 peaks on any of the list versions. This includes the original San Diego Peak Club List (1991) and the current San Diego Sierra Club County Peak List. In order to maintain clarity, future list finishers will only be credited with a list finish by completing all the peaks currently on the San Diego Sierra Club County Peak List posted on this website.

Climbing Information

Depending upon current levels of interest within the club, it can be difficult to locate information regarding outings, leaders and the peaks on this list. To aid in the successful individual pursuit of this list when necessary, the following list pursuers and list finishers have graciously provided contact information for peak list related questions:

Mark Adrian*markadrian at juno dot c o m
Bob Burdsnwbord at hotmail dot c o m
Richard Careyrichard at peakbagging dot c o m
Terry Flood*terryjflood at gmail dot c o m
Skip Forshtsilverrfox at yahoo dot c o m
Sue Holloway*susie.kara at gmail dot c o m
Susie Kara*sueholloway at cox dot n e t
Shane Smith*sssmith4 at yahoo dot c o m
John Strauch*john.strauch at juno dot c o m
Virginia West*westvirginia_97 at yahoo dot c o m

*List Finisher

Sours: http://sandiegosierraclub.org/get-outdoors/hike/peaks-list/
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Agua Tibia16.14,762Bell Bluff73,409Bernardo Mountain7.21,150Big Black Mountain4.54,051Black Mountain41,552Bonny Benchmark4.5*4574Borrego Mountain East Butte1.81,196Borrego Mountain West Butte2.11,207Boucher Hill3.55,438Cody Benchmark5.65*5,586Collins Benchmark14.2*4,559Combs Peak4.06,193Corte Madera Mountain6.54,657Cowles Mountain31,593Coyote Mountain5.33,192Cuyamaca Peak8.0*6,512Diablo Benchmark2.62,440Eagle Crag18.45,077Eagle Peak4.83,226El Cajon Mountain11.23,675Elder Benchmark5.1*3,433False Sombrero1.753,463Garnet Mountain0.755,680Garnet Peak2.45,880Gaskill Peak8.75 * (7.1)3,836Gasp Benchmark6.33,223Ghost Mountain2.23,400Goat Benchmark9.3*4,240Granite Mountain7.05,633Grapevine Mountain6.73,955Groan Benchmark6.62,732High Point Lookout13.16,135Indian Hill4.22,280Indianhead8.23,960Iron Mountain5.82,696Jacumba Mountain5.94,512Japacha Peak8.0*5,825Kay Benchmark9.3*3,587Knob Benchmark14.2*3,431Kwaay Paay (P1194)2.41,194Lawson Peak8.75* (4.75)3,660Los Pinos Mountain Lookout44,809Manza Benchmark45,556McGinty Mountain4.82,183Middle Peak5.55,883Mile High (P5340)15.85,320Mine Benchmark1.61,850Moan Benchmark11.0*2,939Monument Peak2.96,271Morena Butte6.03,920Mount Gower7.53,110Mount Israel4.51,346Mount Tule2.84,647North Fortuna Mountain5.8*1,291Oakzanita Peak5.75,054Ode Benchmark9.3*1,510Otay Mountain15.43,566Palms Benchmark5.1*3,121Palm Mesa High Point9.754,660Pinyon Mountain (P4492)1.54,492Pinyon Ridge (P4614)8.5*4,614Peak 33396.03,339Peak 3640 (aka North Pinyon)4.33,640Piedras Grandes2.32,601Pike Benchmark5.65*5,571Pine Mountain5.85,660Puff Benchmark11.0*2,716Pyles Peak (P1379)61,379Pyramid Peak8.23,480Red Hill2.91,720Red Top6.6*4,467Roost Benchmark8.84,351Rosa Point15.8*5,000San Ysidro Mountain3.56,147San Ysidro Mountain-East Peak11.6*5,386Sawtooth Mountains High Point6.6*4,684Sentenac Mountain2.13,068Sheephead Mountain3.55,896Sirens Peak9.3*4,401Sombrero Peak3.04,229South Fortuna Mountain5.8*1,094Split Mountain East4.41,690Split Mountain West3.91,700Square Top5.44,649Stage Benchmark9.62,816Stonewall Peak45,730Sugg Peak (Peak 5243)8.25,430Sunset Mountain3.63,657Tecate Peak12.13,885Ted Benchmark6.6*2,369The Thimble3.55,779Travelers Peak4.62,697Vallecito Mountains High Point5.63583Viejas Mountain3.04,189Villager Peak14.35,756Webo Benchmark6.6*4,173Whale Peak55,349White Benchmark4.5*5,326Wilson Benchmark8.5*4,573Wooded Hill1.56,223Woodson Mountain3.62,894
Sours: https://www.sdpeakbagger.com/challenges/san-diego-100-peaks/

Today’s adventure had Susie Kara and I heading out to hike Eagle Peak. After some navigational errors on my part during the drive (that I atoned for by buying a flight at Calico Cidery), we pulled into the parking lot. There were a couple of cars already there, including a ranger. After grabbing our gear, we set off down the trail, stopping to chat with the ranger for a bit. He informed us that they are hoping to make some major improvements to this trailhead, pave the parking lot (which is very rutted), add a pit toilet, and some picnic tables. If the budget is approved, work might start in 2022. 

For those unfamiliar with this trail, it shares the same trailhead as Three Sisters Falls, hence why there is a need for the improvements. After about 6/10 of a mile, the trail comes to the junction — to the left is the descent down to the VERY DRY waterfalls and straight onto Eagle Peak. In fact, there is a sign near the start of the trail with a photo of the state of the falls.

Initially, it felt a bit warm and we were glad this hike was just over 4 miles in length. Luckily, a nice breeze picked up and kept things pleasant. The trail is a little overgrown, but not too bad. We quickly worked our way up toward the summit, passing over the minor false summits. We signed the register and stood out on a boulder for some nice photos. We did not linger too long, as we really wanted to sample those ciders back in Wynola. Once back at the car, we estimated it was now in the mid-80s. A few more cars had arrived since we had left. Never can understand hiking in the heat to see a dry waterfall. We did the 4.2 miles in 2:04, including the time on the summit. My tracker reported just over 1,000 feet of gain. 

Our post-hike stop this time was the Calico Cidery in Wynola. This is a really cute tasting room. We each had a flight of the three ciders that were available, and enjoyed them on some nice shaded benches. I filled my growler with “The Granny” and Susie opted for “Fieldblend”. With a little luck, we might be able to do one of my remaining peaks next weekend.

Sours: https://www.sdpeakbagger.com/category/100-peak-challenge/

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100 Peaks In 100 Hours – A True Mountain Challenge

In 1998, the Sierra Club of San Diego published a list of 100 publicly accessible peaks in San Diego County. Amassing over 400+ miles and 180,000+ft of cumulative elevation gain, completing this list is a lifetime feat. To date, no-one has ever attempted to summit all 100 peaks in a continuous non-stop effort.

Another failed project… ‘Ugh’ I sighed to myself while climbing into my rusting Jeep Wrangler. My plan to head out to the UK and attempt a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on their famous 24-hour fell running rounds (Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Ramsay Round) had been foiled by a lack of long-term planning on my end. Dreams? I’ve had plenty of them. But they’ll always stay dreams, unless you make a plan.

And that was the exact reason why I found myself opening up the door to a coffee shop in early February… to meet with Derek Loranger and to make a crazy dream a goal. I knew Derek from Gut Check Fitness, a local boot camp I instruct at here in San Diego. Owner of the website 100 Peaks, to call Derek an outdoor enthusiast would be belittling his passion and the copious amount of hours he’s spent roaming and exploring the most remote regions of the county. He is a true steward of the land.

nickademus hollon. inov-8. 100 peaks 100 hours.

‘I’d previously prided myself on being somewhat of a know-it-all when it came to my intimate knowledge of San Diego’s trails and mountains. The 100 peaks list shattered that confidence’

100 peaks… it takes most people two to five years

My reason for reaching out to him though was self-serving, I wanted to know more about the list – 100 publicly accessible peaks, all within San Diego County. The usual mountain culprits were easy to pick out: Cowles, Pyles, Woodson, Iron, El Cajon among others, but as I turned the pages, I read about summits I’d never heard of… Moan, Groan, Puff, Square Top? I’d previously prided myself on being somewhat of a know-it-all when it came to my intimate knowledge of San Diego’s trails and mountains. This list shattered that confidence.

Derek is well on his way to joining an elite and small group of individuals who’ve summited all 100 peaks in their lifetime. With over 70 peaks under his belt, his knowledge bank of the remote lands dwarfed mine. Folding over the pages of mountains I’d never heard of, I looked over at Derek and asked, ‘So how many years on average does it take someone to do this?’ ‘Two to five years for most people,’ came his reply.

He went on talking about their remoteness and my mind wandered to thoughts about the FKT in England, the Nolan’s 14 and the John Muir Trail. But here, here was a sleeping giant right in my own back yard. This was something vast and entirely new. The cogs turned, the wheels spun and the words fell right out of my mouth, ‘So do you think it’s possible…’ I paused on my own thought… ‘To do it in one go?’

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The 100 peaks mapped out

The equivalent of running San Diego to Los Angeles four times with six Mt Everest’s along the way!

‘Like non-stop?’ Derek quickly retorted. ‘Ya, I mean just take a week or two and just knock ’em out,’ I said ignorantly flipping through the list. Derek smiled and nearly burst into nervous laughter, before saying, ‘You’re talented Nick, but insane if you’re really thinking about tackling the 100 peaks list non-stop.’

The stern look on my face must have communicated my seriousness. And without word, the two of us started crunching numbers. The numbers were BIG. Roughly 408 miles and 180,000ft of cumulative elevation gain. I quickly translated that to the distance between San Diego and Los Angeles four times with a mere six Mt Everest’s along the way. Easy right!?

My hands shook as I picked up the paper to take a closer glance at the numbers. Derek was right. This project could very well be an impossible dream. Then, just for fun, we devised a rough draft of the route. The draft was three pages long and induced a migraine if you stared at it long enough. Yes it remained a crazy dream but at the same time it was starting to look like a goal.

Get ready for the sleep deprivation

Leaving the coffee shop, Derek estimated the fastest this insane feat could be done was in a period of 14 days. I began scouting these new mountains almost immediately. I quickly realized the enormity of what I was considering. Each new summit only acted to reassure me of my insanity.

That was until I met Mike Trevino. And it didn’t take much to convince the guy to join me. I handed out a brief project proposal to the members of the Enduragive foundation, Mike glanced over it in seconds and said boldly, ‘I’m in.’

On our first training run together, I sheepishly started to reveal the details of the project to him. I’d heard his name before in the endurance world but I couldn’t recall from where. Not wanting to scare him away from the project with me, I said timidly, ‘You know, you’ll have to be pretty good at sleep deprivation in order to do this thing. I’ve done Tor des Geants twice, and been up for periods of 76-80 hours at a time. This? This is going to take something far beyond that.’

nickademus hollon. inov-8. 100 peaks in 100 hours.

Iron Mountain, as seen from Mt Woodson – bot summits we will need to bag

100 peaks in 100 hours – definitely audacious, perhaps impossible

Mike smiled to himself… ‘O don’t worry, I’m somewhat of a master at sleep deprivation,’ came his reply. Mike Trevino! The memory came back… I knew where I’d heard his name before –RAAM (Race Across America). The guy had been second place at the world’s longest and most difficult endurance event. 80hrs? He’d done 8+ days with zero sleep. Needless to say, I felt foolish for the comment I’d made.

‘Two weeks though?’ Mike said, referring back to Derek’s conservative estimate of the project. ‘What about 100 hours?’ Again I did the numbers: 4 days and 4 hours for 408 miles and 180,000ft of elevation gain. Even on flat ground, that would be an accomplishment. ‘Maybe,’ I recoiled, thinking back to my recent trip to Anza Borrego where four miles per hour would have been a distant dream.

‘What do you think of the name 100 in 100? Better than San Diego 100 Peaks, ya?’ said Mike. I couldn’t argue. I’d been struggling with a name for the project for over a month now. But I’d seen what he hadn’t. I’d been on the slopes of Ode and Kay, I’d begun whacking my way through thick Manzanita on to the base of Sugg Peak. Four miles per hour to hit the audacious goal of 100 hours? Now that was surely impossible.

Nickademus Hollon. inov-8. 100 peaks in 100 hours.

There will be a lot of running in the dark, which I’ve experienced plenty of on previous FKT challenges

It will be the longest and most extreme journey of my ultra running life

‘Well it’s a time window you know, around 100 hours would be cool,’ Mike rephrased after seeing the worry in eyes. For the rest of the run we drifted into the usual running topics: past races, family life, glycogen depletion, metabolism rates of sugars vs fats, ketogenic diets… you know typical running conversation.

We discovered we both had an imbedded and invested interest in one of the leading and paramount issues in not only our county but also our country. Childhood obesity. In partnership with the Nutritional Science Initiative (NUSI) we plan increasing food literacy in our county and ultimately supporting a paradigm shift in the way childhood obesity is currently treated in the United States.

We will start our journey on January 18th 2016. And plan to complete the 100 peaks in roughly 100 hours. I’m nearly shaking with nerves as I write this and think about the reality of making my commitment to this project public. The 100 in 100 will be the pinnacle of my ultra running career and will mark the longest, most extreme journey of my life. Please stay closely tuned and follow us along on our quest for San Diego’s 100 Peaks.

  1. Follow Nickademus on Twitter and Instagram. Updates on the #100in100 website and Facebook page.
  2. Related links: Is FKT Popularity A Risk To Trail Running / Dancing With The Desert
  3. Nickademus is set to will wear our TERRACLAW 250 running shoes.
Sours: https://www.inov-8.com/blog/100-peaks-in-100-hours-challenge/
Pyles Peak - a hidden gem in Mission Trails Regional Park!

I’ll admit it, I don’t get down to San Diego County to hike as often as I’d like to – it’s tough for me to get enough time off for backpacking trips, and those are long drives for day-hikes – but luckily, we’ve got some great web resources like San Diego Hiking Trails and Outside San Diego to fill in the more southern SoCal Hiking info. Recently, I stumbled across a new site that looks like it’s going to be a tremendous resource for San Diego hikers – 100 Peaks.

The author is an experienced lifetime hiker who’s on a twofold quest – to hike 100 class 1 & 2 peaks near San Diego, and to write a book about it. So far, he’s on #14, but he also peppers his blog with great quotes, questions, and stories about his experiences. The hike write-ups are a bit sparse (he’s probably saving the good stuff for the book), but are chock full of great photos and video that really give you a sense of what it’s like to hike on these trails.

100 Peaks is definitely one to add to your blogroll, and – like Kolby at 100 Hikes – he’s got a great built-in dramatic curve to follow! When the snowpack settles in on the high San Gabriels and you’re up for some good desert hiking, be sure to check 100 Peaks for info.

Tags: 100 peaks, desert hiking, Hiking, hiking blog, San Diego

Sours: https://modernhiker.com/100-peaks-near-san-diego/

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Peak List

LocLocation of the peak by quadrant. The County is divided into quadrants, the north-south divider being Hwy. 78 and the east-west divider being Hwys. 79 and S-1.PeakThe name of the peak as it appears on the 7.5 minute topographic map. If the peak is significant, but has no name printed next to it on the map, it will be listed with a P—- ft where the —-‘S are the elevation.TopoThe name of the 7.5 minute map as it appears on the map.UTM,EThe Universal Transverse Mercator easting value in meters rounded to the nearest ten meters.UTM,NThe Universal Transverse Mercator northing value in meters rounded to the nearest ten meters.EL,ftThe elevation of the peak in feet.ELHow the elevation is shown on the map. Spot indicates the elevation is shown next to the small “X” mark at the summit. BM means a small triangle is shown at the summit which indicates a survey monument or benchmark has been placed there. VABM indicates a vertically authenticated benchmark. INTER indicates there is a closed contour circle at the summit with no precise elevation shown. BM(I) indicates a benchmark triangle is shown, but no elevation is given.CLThe climbing rating of the peak. A1 indicates hands in pockets type hiking on trails and / or easy cross country. A2 indicates rough cross country travel and / or boulder hopping and / or use of hands for balance.Land StaThe land status, or jurisdiction, or governing agency. ABDSP is Anza Borrego Desert State Park, ClevNF is Cleveland National Forest, BLM is Bureau of Land Management, MTRP is Mission Trails Regional Park, CuySP is Cuyamaca State Park, SDCity is City of San Diego.
Sours: http://sandiegosierraclub.org/get-outdoors/hike/peaks-list/peak-list/

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