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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4) Prom-M 
1.InyoMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada3072
1.TulareMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada3072
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak4342West Great Basin Ranges2193
4.FresnoNorth Palisade4341Central Sierra Nevada882
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta4317California Cascades2975
6.MaderaMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1206
7.TuolumneMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada577
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge3670Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges2528
10.AlpineSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada554
11.El DoradoFreel Peak3317Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada959
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges2536
13.ShastaLassen Peak3187California Cascades1594
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges1897
15.ModocEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges1326
16.AmadorThunder Mountain2868Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada101
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain2815California Cascades279
18.NevadaMount Lola2788Northern Sierra Nevada630
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge2755Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2
20.TrinityMount Eddy2751Klamath Mountains1556
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak2696Northern Sierra Nevada1
22.VenturaMount Pinos2692Transverse Ranges1463
23.KernSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges127
24.LassenHat Mountain2665Northwest Great Basin Ranges361
25.PlumasMount Ingalls2552Northern Sierra Nevada851
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill2490Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada64
27.GlennBlack Butte2270Northern California Coast Range742
28.ButteButte County High Point2170Northern Sierra Nevada0
29.ColusaSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range761
29.LakeSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range761
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain2120Klamath Mountains611
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak2120Northern California Coast Range461
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges658
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain1991Peninsular Southern California Ranges796
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP1951Klamath Mountains0
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges1355
37.OrangeSantiago Peak1733Peninsular Southern California Ranges1337
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain1597Central California Coast Ranges1061
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain1556Central California Coast Ranges672
40.YubaYuba County High Point1471Northern Sierra Nevada0
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak1386Northern Baja California16
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak1366Northern California Coast Range24
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak1329Central California Coast Ranges939
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak1280Northern California Coast Range12
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo1173Central California Coast Ranges948
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak1171Central California Coast Ranges330
 Alameda or Challenger Peak1171Central California Coast Ranges61
47.StanislausMount Stakes1159Central California Coast Ranges428
48.MercedLaveaga Peak1159Central California Coast Ranges565
49.San JoaquinBoardman North1105Central California Coast Ranges69
50.KingsTable Mountain1059Central California Coast Ranges102
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski985Central California Coast Ranges509
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge951Northern California Coast Range207
53.SolanoMount Vaca859Northern California Coast Range597
54.San MateoLong Ridge792Central California Coast Ranges37
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak785Northern California Coast Range749
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak784Northern California Coast Range101
56.SutterSouth Butte646Northern Sierra Nevada625
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson282Central California Coast Ranges191
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark252Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada51

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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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