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California County High Points

Showing William Peters's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (55 out of 58, or 94.83%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada30722003-04-27
1.TulareMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada30722003-04-27
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak4342West Great Basin Ranges21932004-06-18
4.FresnoNorth Palisade4341Central Sierra Nevada882 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta4317California Cascades29752001-08-17
6.MaderaMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada12062004-09-12
7.TuolumneMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada5772006-07-03
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge3670Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02006-08-04
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges25282005-11-25
10.AlpineSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5542003-06-14
11.El DoradoFreel Peak3317Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada9592004-06-27
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges25362005-11-26
13.ShastaLassen Peak3187California Cascades15942001-08-19
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges18972005-11-24
15.ModocEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges13262007-05-27
16.AmadorThunder Mountain2868Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1012011-07-09
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain2815California Cascades2792003-03-08
18.NevadaMount Lola2788Northern Sierra Nevada6302004-06-12
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge2755Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada22009-07-26
20.TrinityMount Eddy2751Klamath Mountains15562004-07-04
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak2696Northern Sierra Nevada12004-06-12
22.VenturaMount Pinos2692Transverse Ranges14632004-11-13
23.KernSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges1272004-11-13
24.LassenHat Mountain2665Northwest Great Basin Ranges3612007-05-27
25.PlumasMount Ingalls2552Northern Sierra Nevada8512004-06-26
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill2490Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada642004-02-08
27.GlennBlack Butte2270Northern California Coast Range7422004-05-30
28.ButteButte County High Point2170Northern Sierra Nevada02004-06-26
29.ColusaSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range7612004-05-29
29.LakeSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range7612004-05-29
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain2120Klamath Mountains6112005-05-28
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak2120Northern California Coast Range4612004-05-30
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges6582005-05-07
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain1991Peninsular Southern California Ranges7962010-11-26
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP1951Klamath Mountains02005-05-30
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges13552005-04-30
37.OrangeSantiago Peak1733Peninsular Southern California Ranges13372005-11-23
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain1597Central California Coast Ranges10612004-11-14
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain1556Central California Coast Ranges6722005-05-08
40.YubaYuba County High Point1471Northern Sierra Nevada02004-06-13
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak1386Northern Baja California162010-11-25
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak1366Northern California Coast Range242004-05-15
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak1329Central California Coast Ranges9392003-03-21
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak1280Northern California Coast Range122004-01-10
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo1173Central California Coast Ranges9482001-01-14
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak1171Central California Coast Ranges3302005-01-30
 Alameda or Challenger Peak1171Central California Coast Ranges61 
47.StanislausMount Stakes1159Central California Coast Ranges4282004-02-01
48.MercedLaveaga Peak1159Central California Coast Ranges565 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North1105Central California Coast Ranges692004-02-01
50.KingsTable Mountain1059Central California Coast Ranges102 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski985Central California Coast Ranges5092004-12-05
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge951Northern California Coast Range2072004-05-15
53.SolanoMount Vaca859Northern California Coast Range5972003-12-07
54.San MateoLong Ridge792Central California Coast Ranges372005-12-18
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak785Northern California Coast Range7492003-12-07
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak784Northern California Coast Range1012003-12-07
56.SutterSouth Butte646Northern Sierra Nevada6252011-01-23
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson282Central California Coast Ranges1912003-08-03
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark252Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada512002-08-14

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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

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       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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