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California County High Points

Showing Terry Wheeler's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 58, or 10.34%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40 
2.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaNull 
3.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245 
4.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada40 
5.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges2200 
6.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains12 
7.YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada26 
8.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range120 
9.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges3120 
10.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range280 
11.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3860Central California Coast Ranges1120 
12.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range720 
13.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges160 
14.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range2462 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range353 
15.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada2063 
16.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast RangesNull 
17.SacramentoCarpenter BenchmarkNullLake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaNull2014-08-15 a
17.SolanoMount VacaNullNorthern California Coast RangeNull 
17.ImperialBlue Angels PeakNullNorthern Baja CaliforniaNull 
17.StanislausMount StakesNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.MercedLaveaga PeakNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.San JoaquinBoardman NorthNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.KingsTable MountainNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.Santa CruzMount BielewskiNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.Contra CostaMount DiabloNullCentral California Coast RangesNull2014-08-15 b
17.MontereyJunipero Serra PeakNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.OrangeSantiago PeakNullPeninsular Southern California RangesNull 
17.San BenitoSan Benito MountainNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.San Luis ObispoCaliente MountainNullCentral California Coast RangesNull 
17.San DiegoHot Springs MountainNullPeninsular Southern California RangesNull 
17.GlennBlack ButteNullNorthern California Coast RangeNull 
17.ColusaSnow MountainNullNorthern California Coast RangeNull 
17.LakeSnow MountainNullNorthern California Coast RangeNull 
17.HumboldtSalmon MountainNullKlamath MountainsNull 
17.MendocinoAnthony PeakNullNorthern California Coast RangeNull 
17.TrinityMount EddyNullKlamath MountainsNull2009-06-07
17.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge PeakNullNorthern Sierra NevadaNull2009-06-13 a
17.VenturaMount PinosNullTransverse RangesNull 
17.KernSawmill MountainNullTransverse RangesNull 
17.LassenHat MountainNullNorthwest Great Basin RangesNull 
17.PlumasMount IngallsNullNorthern Sierra NevadaNull 
17.InyoMount WhitneyNullSequoia Sierra NevadaNull 
17.TulareMount WhitneyNullSequoia Sierra NevadaNull 
17.MonoWhite Mountain PeakNullWest Great Basin RangesNull 
17.FresnoNorth PalisadeNullCentral Sierra NevadaNull 
17.SiskiyouMount ShastaNullCalifornia CascadesNull 
17.MaderaMount RitterNullYosemite-Ritter Sierra NevadaNull 
17.TuolumneMount LyellNullYosemite-Ritter Sierra NevadaNull 
17.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio MountainNullTransverse RangesNull 
17.AlpineSonora PeakNullLake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaNull 
17.El DoradoFreel PeakNullLake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaNull 
17.RiversideSan Jacinto PeakNullPeninsular Southern California RangesNull 
17.ShastaLassen PeakNullCalifornia CascadesNull2009-06-09
17.Los AngelesMount San AntonioNullTransverse RangesNull 
17.ModocEagle PeakNullNorthwest Great Basin RangesNull 
17.AmadorThunder MountainNullLake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaNull 
17.TehamaBrokeoff MountainNullCalifornia CascadesNull 
17.NevadaMount LolaNullNorthern Sierra NevadaNull2009-06-13 b

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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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