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California County High Points

Showing Michael Gosnell's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (30 out of 58, or 51.72%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628Unknown
2.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941993-07-07
3.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191996-06-29
4.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43871999-01-08
5.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751999-09
5.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0751999-09
7.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292001
8.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002001-07-25
8.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182001-07-25
10.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062003-04-23
11.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602003-05-16
12.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132003-05-25
13.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532003-06-16
14.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682004-07-06
14.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42004-07-06
16.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162004-07-09
17.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962004-07-28
18.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462005-08-15
19.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572006-09-24
20.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942007-09-13
21.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592008-04-04
22.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402008-04-05
23.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24512009
24.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622009-06-23
25.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802011-05-19
26.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682011-09-04
27.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092013-12-21
28.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472014-06-15
29.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942014-07-26
30.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242014-08-16
 MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
 ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
 AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330 
 TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915 
 PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
 TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105 
 LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1177 
 PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
 GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
 ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0 
 ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
 LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
 HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
 MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
 San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481 
 YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0 
 SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80 
 AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat3840Central California Coast Ranges1080 
 StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
 San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
 San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120 
 SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 

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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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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.

Links

     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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