Distance: 533.8 miles
Average Distance: 7.3 miles (per hike)
Summit Elevation: 1266' (Lowest) to 4926' (Highest)
Total Gain: 138,853'
Total Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 111.1
Average Gain: 1,902' (per hike)
Total Hike Time: 244.9 hours
Average Miles/Hour: 2.18
Total Miles Driven: 10,630
Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
Santa Paula Peak was suspended due to closure of a private access road. If it reopens, I will hike it.
The Sierra Club Lower Peaks List contained 85 peaks at the time of my list finish (2 suspended). The list changed three times while I was working on it, and Monument Hill was added after I finished. It may have changed again by the time you read this. I found an old version of the list online that only had 63 peaks, and a version from 2004 that had 75 peaks. It is a fluid thing. This meta post provides concrete data on what chasing the list required. It surprised me how much driving was necessary to get to all the mountains. Your experience will vary depending on where you live and how you many peaks you combine into single trips. A quick note about the Average Distance and Gain. I used the average per hike (73 hikes) instead of the average per peak because I climbed more than one official peak on many hikes. I thought it better represented the experience to list the averages per hike. For comparison, the average distance per peak was 6.28 miles and the average gain per peak was 1,633'.
Bagging all the peaks is something most people can physically do, but few have the perseverance and desire to do. It required a significant commitment of time, energy, and treasure. It took me four and a half years to finish, the same time it took me to get my college degree. It's a toss up which experience taught me more (but get your degree first, kids, it pays the bills). A natural way to approach the list is by doing the closest ones first, and that's what I did. The problem with that strategy is that each additional peak got more painful in terms of drive time and inconvenience. Completing the list is an accomplishment about which I have some small amount of pride. At the same time, I am humbled having stood on the shoulders of giants who provided beta, routes, reports, and inspiration. Thanks to the Sierra Club for selecting a fine group of peaks under 5000' to explore. Thanks to Bob Burd for the original inspiration to chase crazy lists. And special thanks to Adam Walker for being my climbing partner on Bishop.
Distance and Time in the table is for the round trip hike. Drive was the round trip drive in miles.
The table below can be sorted by clicking on any column heading or filtered by typing in the search box.
Note: a zero (0) for distance, gain, time, and drive means that peak was part of a multi-peak day hike and the stats were combined for one peak in the trip.
|Peak||Summit||Distance (mi)||Gain||Time (hrs)||Drive (mi)||Report|
|Los Pinos Peak||4510'||5.4||1400'||2||70||report|
|Old Sugarloaf Peak||3326'||0||0'||0||0||report|
|San Mateo Peak||3591'||4.4||800'||2||70||report|
|San Juan Hill||1781'||9||2031'||2.8||62||report|
|Wild Horse Peak||3279'||10.6||2121'||5||136||report|
|Saddle Peak East||2825'||2.3||630'||0.8||16||report|
|Redrock Mountain Benchmark||3991'||12.3||2500'||7.5||202||report|
|Slide Mountain Lookout||4631'||9||2800'||3.5||214||report|
|Little Pine Mountain BM||4449'||18.7||3980'||8.25||344||report|