What constitutes an "extreme" dayhike? Factors like distance, altitude gained, cross-country travel, summit altitude, climbing ratings, route-finding, seasonal conditions, and daylight hours all contribute to the overall difficulty of the hike. One thing all extreme dayhikes have in common is the likelihood of the outing becoming a nighthike as well...

Which brings up the question, "What is the definition of a dayhike?" In my humble opinion, it should be a car-to-car affair within 24hrs and ideally not involve a bivouac. Some hikes start as dayhikes and end as something else, which is where the term epic comes in .

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Here are a few more-or-less "eXtreme" hikes taken by Dayhike.net folks, ordered chronologically:

Distance/Multiple Peaks
Elevation Gain
Technical Terrain
Nasty Conditions
Just Plain Crazy
Night Ascents
  • La Malinche
  • Mt. Conness
  • Nevado de Colima
  • Wheeler Peak
  • Pyramid Peak (Desolation)



Other Examples
There are many individuals whose accomplishments have set them above the rest by virtue of combining most of these difficulty factors into one hike or series of hikes. Here are a few examples of serious dayhiking efforts outside of the well-published exploits of Peter Croft and others:

Josh Swartz - in 2001 set the first real California 14'ers speed record for ascending all 15 in 5 days, 23 hours, and 41 minutes "car-to-car time." Trip Report

Jack McBroom - in 2002 beat Josh's record by a bit with a 4 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes time. Trip Report

Matthew Holliman - dayhiked a triple-digit number of peaks in 2004, including a one-day summit of Mt. Goddard. Trip Report

Bob Burd - organizes a crazy event each year called the "Sierra Challenge", which usually involves 10 straight days of dayhiking difficult Sierra peaks. Trip Report