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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.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105Unknown
1.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4Unknown
1.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800Unknown
1.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418Unknown
1.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1177Unknown
1.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792Unknown
1.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210Unknown
1.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436Unknown
1.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0Unknown
1.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496Unknown
1.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496Unknown
1.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006Unknown
1.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514Unknown
1.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160Unknown
1.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613Unknown
1.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0Unknown
1.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447Unknown
1.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387Unknown
1.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481Unknown
1.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206Unknown
1.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0Unknown
1.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53Unknown
1.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80Unknown
1.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080Unknown
1.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range240Unknown
1.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109Unknown
1.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3840Central California Coast Ranges1080Unknown
1.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404Unknown
1.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853Unknown
1.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226Unknown
1.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335Unknown
1.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671Unknown
1.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680Unknown
1.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959Unknown
1.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120Unknown
1.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456Unknown
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range332Unknown
1.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050Unknown
1.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628Unknown
1.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168Unknown
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,075Unknown
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,075Unknown
1.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196Unknown
1.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894Unknown
1.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9762Unknown
1.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957Unknown
1.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894Unknown
1.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0Unknown
1.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294Unknown
1.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816Unknown
1.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146Unknown
1.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8319Unknown
1.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229Unknown
1.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6224Unknown
1.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330Unknown
1.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915Unknown
1.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068Unknown
57.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522007-06-20
58.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-05-13

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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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