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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 4) Prom-M
Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada3074 
1.TulareMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada3074 
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak4342West Great Basin Ranges2193 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade4341Central Sierra Nevada882 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta4317California Cascades2982 
6.MaderaMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1226 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada597 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge3682Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada24 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges2528 
10.AlpineSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada554 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak3317Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada959 
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges2548 
13.ShastaLassen Peak3187California Cascades1594 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges1910 
15.ModocEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges1332 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain2868Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada112 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain2815California Cascades291 
18.NevadaMount Lola2788Northern Sierra Nevada642 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge2767Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada13 
20.TrinityMount Eddy2751Klamath Mountains1568 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak2696Northern Sierra Nevada14 
22.VenturaMount Pinos2692Transverse Ranges1463 
23.KernSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges140 
24.LassenHat Mountain2663Northwest Great Basin Ranges371 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls2552Northern Sierra Nevada857 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill2490Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada76 
27.GlennBlack Butte2270Northern California Coast Range742 
28.ButteButte County High Point2182Northern Sierra Nevada  
29.ColusaSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range773 
29.LakeSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range773 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain2120Klamath Mountains632 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak2120Northern California Coast Range474 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain2085Transverse Ranges683 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain1991Peninsular Southern California Ranges808 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP1954Klamath Mountains6 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges1356 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak1733Peninsular Southern California Ranges1343 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain1597Central California Coast Ranges1067 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain1556Central California Coast Ranges687 
40.YubaYuba County High Point1479Northern Sierra Nevada16 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak1386Northern Baja California26 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak1378Northern California Coast Range49 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak1341Central California Coast Ranges963 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak1292Northern California Coast Range97 
45.AlamedaDiscovery Peak1182Central California Coast Ranges353 
46.Contra CostaMount Diablo1173Central California Coast Ranges953 
47.StanislausMount Stakes1159Central California Coast Ranges439 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak1159Central California Coast Ranges565 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North1105Central California Coast Ranges81 
50.KingsTable Mountain1059Central California Coast Ranges103 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielewski985Central California Coast Ranges522 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge963Northern California Coast Range231 
53.SolanoMount Vaca859Northern California Coast Range603 
54.San MateoLong Ridge804Central California Coast Ranges60 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais784Northern California Coast Range750 
56.SutterSouth Butte652Northern Sierra Nevada633 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson290Central California Coast Ranges199 
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark252Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada57 

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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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