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California County High Points

Showing Edward Earl'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 Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456Unknown
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322001-01-26
2.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781986-06-20
2.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781986-06-20
4.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291986-07-05
5.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62241991-07-16
6.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941991-07-17
7.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191992-10-19
8.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26131993-10-16
9.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621994-07-01
10.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43871994-10-08
11.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California531994-11-24
12.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961995-07-10
13.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851995-07-12
14.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521995-07-13
15.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains01995-07-20
16.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20061995-07-21
17.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141995-07-22 13
18.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361995-07-22 15
19.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31091995-07-23
20.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48001997-10-12 09
21.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4181997-10-12 11
22.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44471999-02-25
23.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22061999-02-26
23.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3351999-02-26
25.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601999-02-27
26.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571999-10-03
27.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811999-11-26
28.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16711999-11-27 13
29.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30801999-11-27 16
30.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18531999-11-28
31.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052000-07-13
32.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152000-07-14
33.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02000-07-15
34.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942000-08-18
35.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02000-09-10
36.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592001-01-26
37.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202001-01-27
37.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282001-01-27
39.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402001-01-28
40.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822001-03-30
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges  
41.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262001-03-31
42.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042001-04-01
43.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02001-08-13
44.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922001-08-14 12
45.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682001-08-14 17
46.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42001-08-14 18
47.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462001-08-15
48.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162001-08-16 15
49.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942001-08-18
50.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802001-10-06 11
51.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802001-10-06 17
52.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-10-07
52.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-10-07
54.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502001-12-15 15
55.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682001-12-16 15
56.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102002-06-20
56.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302002-06-20
58.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-08-21

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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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