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California County High Points

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

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97721973-06 a7
2.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961982-07 a4
3.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0831982-07 a5
3.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0831982-07 a5
5.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291987-08 a4
6.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941987-08 a7
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada19261988-07 a4
8.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39901996-07 b9
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941997-09 e1
10.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California701999-02-06
11.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26331999-02-07
12.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51251999-06-23
13.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20411999-06-24
14.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83391999-09-29
15.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62441999-09-30
16.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43971999-10-01
17.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48001999-10-02
17.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4381999-10-02
19.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges22001999-10-03
20.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22311999-10-04
21.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34911999-10-05
21.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3351999-10-05
23.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16911999-10-06
23.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges31201999-10-06
25.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges1601999-10-07
25.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range24621999-10-07
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range3531999-10-07
25.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast Ranges6411999-10-07
28.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19691999-10-08
28.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31191999-10-08
30.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range7201999-10-09
30.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range1201999-10-09
32.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range801999-10-10
33.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25161999-10-11
33.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25161999-10-11
33.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361999-10-11
36.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15341999-10-12
37.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains121999-10-13
38.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1781999-10-14
39.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2451999-10-15
39.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3501999-10-15
41.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18161999-10-16
42.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada401999-10-17
43.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532000-03-08
44.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada20632000-03-09
45.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14242000-03-11
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges11022000-03-12
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges221 
47.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2462000-03-13
48.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472000-03-14
49.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462000-07-27
50.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20882000-07-29
50.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada28022000-07-29
50.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada242000-07-29
53.YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada262000-07-30
54.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada402000-07-31
54.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9352000-07-31
56.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43622000-08-02
57.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges12052000-08-03
58.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada252008-10-15

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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)

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