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California County High Points

Showing Gordon MacLeod's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (53 out of 58, or 91.38%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781959-09-06
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781959-09-06
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961964-05-17
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941965-09-06
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621965-08-17
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571963-09-22
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941963-09-01
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02001-08-27
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941961-08-20
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162001-08-30
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461972-07-27
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191962-08-12
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292000-08-27
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62241962-12-02
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521998-08-02
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302001-08-18
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152000-08-26
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20681972-08-03
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-08-04
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052000-08-31
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42000-08-24
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48001962-09-29
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4181962-09-29
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852001-07-22
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922000-08-25
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102001-06-21
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362001-06-19
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02001-06-16
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-06-20
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-06-20
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062001-08-11
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142001-06-19
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601975-03-29
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26131974-02-24
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02001-08-08
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472001-04-30
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43871975-05-10
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812001-04-27
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22061975-03-02
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02001-06-17
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California531994-12-17
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802002-04-22
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802001-06-04
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402001-06-18
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092001-06-03
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822002-04-25
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges201 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352002-05-25
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712002-04-26
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802002-04-23
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592001-06-10
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202002-04-27
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322001-06-09
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6281934-12-31
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682001-08-16

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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

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       California County Summits (Suttle)

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