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California County High Points

Showing Adam Jantz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (56 out of 58, or 96.55%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152004-10-10
2.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472005-09-04
3.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592006-05-01
4.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752006-07-19
4.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752006-07-19
6.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052006-10-01
7.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462007-06-23
8.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162007-07-01
9.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942007-07-28
10.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302007-08-26
11.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522007-09-03
12.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572007-09-08
13.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24512008-03-09
14.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52008-06-22
15.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02008-07-25
16.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292008-08-29
17.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622008-08-30
18.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802009-03-23
19.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062009-09-06
20.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02009-09-07
21.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962009-09-20
21.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962009-09-20
23.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092010-01-24
24.AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat3840Central California Coast Ranges10802010-04-01
25.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682010-07-17
26.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42010-07-17
27.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942010-09-07
28.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242010-09-08
29.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872010-09-08
30.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192010-09-09
31.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002010-09-10
32.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182010-09-10
33.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102010-09-22
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132010-12-07
35.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282011-01-12
36.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262011-01-16
37.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042011-01-20
38.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802011-02-08
39.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812011-02-13
40.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062011-03-06
41.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502011-03-16
42.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402011-03-29
43.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532011-04-15
44.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682011-06-01
45.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962011-07-11
46.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362011-08-28
47.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142011-08-28
48.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02011-09-10
49.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02011-09-10
50.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges11772011-09-11
51.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922011-09-11
52.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942011-09-20
53.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532011-10-17
54.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712012-01-08
55.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202012-01-08
56.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602013-03-15
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 

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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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