White Mountain from afarPeak-bagging is a distinct subset of hiking attuned specifically to reaching high peaks in a day and heading home. The hardiest hikers take on Colorado fourteeners and higher, but just about any peak will do, if it can be reached on foot.

Bay Area

Pete Yamagata’s 1000 Peaks. Pete has topped just about every accessible summit in three states, but he also has a surprising abundance of low-rise local peaks at his site.

Everest by the Bay. Dinesh Desai did this a few years back: hiked nine peaks in nine days to accumulate Mount Everest’s altitude.

SummitPost summary:Description of many Bay Area peaks, plus pictures of snowy peaks.

Peaks and High Points: Adventure runner Leor Pantilat tracks down highest points throughout the region.

Bay Area Peaks that must be bagged. My roundup of the most notable high points.


Peakbagger.com. Hundreds of peak-baggers hang out here and post their adventures.

SummitPost: User-generated posts for all the worthy peaks.

Whitney Portal Store. Sierra-centric but generally bursting with wisdom about hiking the high peaks.

Bob Burd’s Sierra Travels. Leader of the grueling annual Sierra Challenge posts new hikes most weeks. Few can keep up with him.

Highpointers.org. Find out the highest points in all 50 U.S. states.

Please add any of your favorite links if I’ve missed them.