Clark Valley from the Villager Peak Trail

Clark Valley from the Villager Peak Trail

San Diego 100 Peaks Challenge

This is an unofficial challenge. There is no entry fee and no registration. You are doing this on your own. Any risk involved is a personal choice on your part.

This peak list is different from the Sierra Club's list. It's intended to be a lot more accessible and encourages everyone to see every corner of the county. That being said:

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

  • Many of the peaks require navigation skills.

  • There are very difficult peaks on this list.

  • The 2017 San Diego 100 Peaks Challenge only had two finishers (and they are an inspiration).

  • 2018 had no finishers.


  • Climb the 100 Peaks below in a calendar year

  • Submit a summit photo (preferably a selfie) on the wall at the 100 Peaks FB Page of each peak

  • You'll receive at least a patch for finishing (more TBD)


  • 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

  • Do research

  • Google Earth and the MyTopo setting on 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
Rather than an entry fee, 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

  • 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 responsible for any injuries that occur while in pursuit of these peaks

  • be kind to anyone you meet on the trail (including wildlife)

  • observe all posted rules and avoid trespassing onto private land

  • know exactly where the private land/National Forest boundaries are

  • hike with a buddy if you are not extremely experienced

  • help those who appear to need help

  • avoid summit fever

  • 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.

Bonny BenchmarkAnza-Borrego Desert State ParkTrip4574
Borrego Mountain East ButteAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Mountain West ButteAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Chariot MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Combs PeakAnza-Borrego Desert State Park4.76193
Coyote MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
False SombreroAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Ghost MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park33420
Granite MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Grapevine MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian HillAnza-Borrego Desert State Park32240
IndianheadAnza-Borrego Desert State ParkTBD3980
Jacumba MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Mine BMAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Mount TuleAnza-Borrego Desert State Park2.24647
P4492 (Pinyon Mountains)Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
P4614 (Pinyon Ridge)Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
P5340 (Mile High)Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Peak 3339Anza-Borrego Desert State Park6.63339
Piedras GrandesAnza-Borrego Desert State Park22601
Red HillAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
San Ysidro MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park7.966147
Sentenac MountainAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Sombrero PeakAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Square TopAnza-Borrego Desert State Park8.44649
The ThimbleAnza-Borrego Desert State ParkTrip5779
Villager Peak (and Rabbit Peak-Riverside County)Anza-Borrego Desert State Park13.785756
Whale PeakAnza-Borrego Desert State Park105350
White BenchmarkAnza-Borrego Desert State Park5.265326
Wilson BMAnza-Borrego Desert State Park
Battle MountainBattle Mountain Open Space Park0.42803
Black MountainBlack Mountain Open Space Park41554
Iron MountainCity of Poway5.82696
Tooth RockCity of Poway2.121167
Twin PeaksCity of Poway2.41306
Van Dam PeakCity of Poway3.061113
Woodson MountainCity of Poway3.62901
Ant BenchmarkCleveland National Forest1.63920
Bell BluffCleveland National Forest73409
Big Black MountainCleveland National Forest14.24051
Cemetery HillCleveland National Forest3.63459
Corte Madera MountainCleveland National Forest6.54657
Eagle PeakCleveland National Forest4.23226
Gaskill PeakCleveland National Forest5.53836
Guatay MountainCleveland National Forest5.84885
Lawson PeakCleveland National Forest4.53664
Long Valley PeakCleveland National Forest54833
Los Pinos Mountain LookoutCleveland National Forest44809
Morena ButteCleveland National Forest7.73919
Oak BenchmarkCleveland National Forest13965
Peak 1546Cleveland National Forest3.41546
Red Butte.5330
Sunshine MountainCleveland National Forest23154
Viejas MountainCleveland National Forest3.54189
Airplane Ridge High PointCuyamaca Rancho State ParkTrip5000
Arrowmaker's Ridge High PointCuyamaca Rancho State ParkTrip4740
Cuyamaca PeakCuyamaca Rancho State Park14.226512
East Mesa High PointCuyamaca Rancho State Park8.85178
Japacha PeakCuyamaca Rancho State ParkTrip5825
Middle PeakCuyamaca Rancho State Park5.75883
Oakzanita PeakCuyamaca Rancho State Park4.65054
Peak 5243 (Sugg Peak)Cuyamaca Rancho State Park8.25243
Stonewall PeakCuyamaca Rancho State Park45730
Stanley PeakDaley Ranch5.51983
El Cajon Mountain (AKA El Capitan)El Capitan Open Space Preserve11.23675
Mount IsraelElfin Forest Recreational Reserve4.51346
Monserate MountainFallbrook Land Conservancy3.21567
Garnet MountainLaguna Mountain Recreation Area0.755700
Garnet PeakLaguna Mountain Recreation Area2.45909
Manza BenchmarkLaguna Mountain Recreation Area45556
Monument PeakLaguna Mountain Recreation Area2.96271
Pine MountainLaguna Mountain Recreation Area45660
Sheephead MountainLaguna Mountain Recreation Area3.55896
Wooded HillLaguna Mountain Recreation Area1.56223
Hot Springs MountainLos Coyotes Indian Reservation0.46533
Cowles MountainMission Trails Regional Park31593
North Fortuna MountainMission Trails Regional Park4.61291
P1194 (Kwaay Paay)Mission Trails Regional Park2.41194
P1379 (Pyles Peak)Mission Trails Regional Park61379
South Fortuna MountainMission Trails Regional Park1.81094
Mount GowerMount Gower Open Space Preserve93110
Denk Tank MountainNorth County
Double PeakNorth County
Goat PeakNorth County
Agua TibiaPalomar Massif
Eagle CragPalomar Massif
High Point LookoutPalomar Massif
Boucher HillPalomar Mountain State Park3.55438
San Pasqual North ViewpointSan Dieguito
Bernardo MountainSan Dieguito River Park7.21150
Peak 1755San Dieguito River Park4.41755
Ramona PeakSimon Preserve3.562128
Mother Miguel Mountain via Rockhouse TrailSouth County
Otay MountainSouth County
Point LomaSouth County
Tecate PeakSouth County
McGinty MountainThe Nature Conservancy4.82183
Sycuan PeakThe Nature Conservancy22801
Volcan Mountain55719
Eagle RockWarner Springs