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California County High Points

Showing Greg Slayden's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (33 out of 58, or 56.9%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0881989-06-13 a
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0881989-06-13 a
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962011-09-10
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942009-09-07
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97821992-08-20
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40222009-09-09
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada19592009-09-11 a
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,080Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada802009-09-11 c
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942006-08-11
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162009-09-13
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462009-09-05
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83592006-08-12 a
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291992-08-21
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62642006-08-06
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4372 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada370 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades955 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2108 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9080Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada452009-09-04 b
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5145 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada44 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002001-12-13 a
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4582015-02-12 b
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1225 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2812 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8200Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada280 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
28.ButteButte County High Point7160Northern Sierra Nevada80 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2076 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1554 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges22402015-02-13
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26532001-12-15
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6411Klamath Mountains22 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4407 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3501 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22562015-02-14
40.YubaYuba County High Point4850Northern Sierra Nevada502018-02-18 b
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California862013-12-03
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4520Northern California Coast Range1602001-12-11 b
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4400Central California Coast Ranges31602016-10-14
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4240Northern California Coast Range1202018-02-19 c
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31291992-08-23 a
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1122 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges241 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1444 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges266 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges17112001-12-12 b
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3160Northern California Coast Range7602018-02-19 a
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1979 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2640Central California Coast Ranges2002001-12-12 a
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2578Northern California Coast Range24682016-10-13
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2574Northern California Coast Range3741992-08-23 b
56.SutterSouth Butte2140Northern Sierra Nevada20752018-02-18 a
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson950Central California Coast Ranges6531989-05-28
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1882018-02-18 c

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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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