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California County High Points

Showing Garrick Meeker's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 58, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24512003-06-15
2.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462003-07-27
3.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092004-06-27
4.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962004-08-08
5.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162004-08-21
6.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802004-10-25 a
7.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282004-10-25 b
8.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812004-11-07
9.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592004-11-09 a
10.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02004-11-09 b
11.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3840Central California Coast Ranges10802004-11-14 a
12.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802004-11-19
13.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682004-11-25
14.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712004-12-05
14.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202004-12-05
16.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802004-12-14
17.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402004-12-29
18.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262004-12-31
19.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472005-01-23
20.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042005-04-24
21.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502005-05-01
22.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062005-06-18
23.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602005-06-19
24.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-06-27 a
24.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-06-27 a
26.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362005-06-27 b
27.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142005-06-27 c
28.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02005-07-21
29.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942005-07-23
30.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942005-07-27
31.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152005-08-13
32.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292005-08-14
33.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052005-09-13 a
34.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02005-09-13 b
35.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102005-10-01
36.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682005-10-02 a
37.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42005-10-02 b
38.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922005-10-02 c
39.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002006-01-28
39.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182006-01-28
41.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872006-01-29
42.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532006-01-30
43.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192006-04-01
44.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352006-05-14
45.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302006-07-16
46.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752006-07-26
46.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752006-07-26
48.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522006-08-05
49.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges11772006-10-21
50.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02007-07-21
51.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062007-07-22
52.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572007-08-21
53.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-01-18
54.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242009-02-22
55.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942009-04-19
56.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132009-07-24
57.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532010-01-08
58.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622010-07-14

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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

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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