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California County High Points

Showing Charlie Winger's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (43 out of 58, or 74.14%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621980-07-06
2.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941985-08-30
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961985-09-02
4.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751986-10-10
4.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751986-10-10
6.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942001-08-22
7.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572002-08-22
8.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162006-08-13
9.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02006-08-14
10.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052006-08-16
11.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292006-08-17
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192007-05-11
13.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242007-05-12
14.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942007-05-13
15.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062007-08-26
16.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152007-08-29
17.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142007-08-30
17.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362007-08-30
19.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02007-09-01
19.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42007-09-01
19.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922007-09-01
19.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682007-09-01
23.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872007-12-04
24.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062007-12-05
25.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002007-12-06
25.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182007-12-06
27.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802007-12-08
27.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712007-12-08
27.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202007-12-08
27.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282007-12-08
31.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092007-12-09
32.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02008-06-20
33.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962008-06-21
33.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962008-06-21
35.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402008-06-22
36.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532012-01-20
37.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132013-04-13
38.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52013-07-15
39.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462013-07-16
40.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges11772013-07-18
41.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522013-07-19
42.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02013-07-22
43.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812013-07-23
 MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
 Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160 
 AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330 
 SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80 
 AlamedaDiscovery Peak3840Central California Coast Ranges1080 
 StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
 San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
 SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959 
 SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168 
 MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322007-12-09
 SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 

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List Description

There are 58 counties in California, and their high points reflect the tremendous variety of the Golden State. The top of the list is dominated by the high peaks in the Sierra Nevada, plus the two 14,000-foot non-Sierra peaks in the state, Shasta and White Montain Peak. From the deserts a few miles from the Mexcian border, to deeply forested coastal hills in the state's northwest corner, to lonely and remote summits along the central coast, to the urban parks of the Bay Area, there is something for almost anyone on this list.

North Palisade, by consensus, is the most difficult climb technically on this list as a class 4 scramble. However, a number of lower peaks are on private land where you need to arrange for access.


  • By 1990 I had determined several of these high points by personal research.
  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled by Dinesh Desai, with generous help from Joy Desai, Bill Hauser, John Sarna, and Gary Suttle.
  • Book California County Summits by Garry Suttle (see link below).
  • In September, 2008, Jerry Brekhus of Montana determined the new Placer County high point, long thought to be Granite Chief Mountain.


     California County High Points

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       California County Summits (Suttle)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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