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California County High Points

Showing Bill Hebert's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (45 out of 58, or 77.59%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751979-08-09 A
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751979-08-09 A
3.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22061985-06-17
4.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44471985-06-18
5.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811985-06-19
6.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30801985-06-21
7.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16711985-06-23
8.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201985-06-25
9.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3840Central California Coast Ranges10801985-06-28
9.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1681985-06-28
11.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31091985-06-29
12.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461985-07-04 a
13.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20681986-09-05
14.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20061995-09-15
15.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19591995-10-01
16.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2401995-10-02
17.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801995-10-05
18.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961995-10-13
18.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961995-10-13
20.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141995-10-20
21.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9151995-10-23
22.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51051995-10-26
23.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24561995-11-03
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3321995-11-03
24.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6281995-11-04
25.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14041995-11-10
26.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961999-09-21
27.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941999-09-24
28.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572002-08-17 b
29.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132003-01-30
30.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192003-07-14 a
31.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942003-07-25 a
32.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002003-08-08 a
33.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182003-08-08 b
34.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942004-09-27
35.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02005-09-15 b
36.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02006-07-25
37.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02007-03-01
38.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532011-01-27
39.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292012-05-31
40.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622012-08-19
41.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522012-08-24
42.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges11772012-08-25
43.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242014-01-05
44.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872014-01-07 a
45.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602014-01-10
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
 GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
 PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
 SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4 
 PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792 
 SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 
 AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
 AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 

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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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