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California County High Points

Showing Bob Burd's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 58, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781994-09-15
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781994-09-15
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962002-07-19
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942000-08-04
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622001-05-12
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571998-10-10
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941998-08-07
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada01998-07-31
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942002-08-06
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162002-08-16
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461998-06-20
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192002-08-07
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292001-05-11
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242002-08-05
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522007-06-20
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302004-04-04
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152006-10-05
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682004-02-14
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-05-13
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052006-10-06
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42003-12-12
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002002-08-05
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182002-08-05
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852007-06-20
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922006-06-21
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102006-03-18
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362006-06-20
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02007-06-19
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962006-10-05
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962006-10-05
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062006-10-07
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142006-06-20
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602003-11-08
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132002-08-07
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02006-10-06
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44471998-05-15
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872002-08-10
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812004-05-24
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062002-08-05
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02007-06-19
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532002-08-07
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802006-01-08
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802004-01-13
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402004-04-30
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092004-03-26
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822004-02-10
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges2012009-03-27
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042004-01-13
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532006-02-10
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262005-01-17
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352006-02-17
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712003-12-14
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802006-02-03
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592003-12-14
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202003-12-14
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24562013-03-11
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322004-04-30
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502006-01-08
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282003-12-14
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682006-01-08

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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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