This report describes the synthesis of 6 alpha, 17,21- and 6 beta, 17,21-trihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, 6 alpha, 7,21- and 6 beta, 11 beta, 21-trihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, and--for the first time--that of 6 alpha, 21- and 6 beta, 21-dihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,11,20-trione. The former four compounds were prepared by 6-hydroxylation of 17,21-trihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione and 11 beta, 21-dihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, respectively. This was achieved by autoxidation or by oxidation with 3-chloroperbenzoic acid, of the 3-methoxy-pregna-3,5-dienes of the latter two steroids. The yield of the 6 beta-hydroxylated steroids, but not of their corresponding 6 alpha-epimers, was higher using autoxidation than the peracid. The two 6-hydroxylated pregnenetriones were prepared from 6 alpha, 21-diacetoxy-11 beta-hydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione and 6 beta, 21-diacetoxy-11 beta-hydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, respectively, by oxidation with pyridinium chlorochromate. The above-mentioned six steroids were identified and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet, high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry.