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California County High Points

Showing William Peters's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (55 out of 58, or 94.83%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092001-01-14
2.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622001-08-17
3.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292001-08-19
4.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682002-08-14
5.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152003-03-08
6.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802003-03-21
7.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782003-04-27
7.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782003-04-27
9.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162003-06-14
10.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282003-08-03
11.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24562003-12-07
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322003-12-07
11.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592003-12-07
13.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402004-01-10
14.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042004-02-01
14.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262004-02-01
16.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102004-02-08
17.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802004-05-15
17.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802004-05-15
19.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962004-05-29
19.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962004-05-29
21.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142004-05-30
21.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362004-05-30
23.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42004-06-12
23.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682004-06-12
25.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02004-06-13
26.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962004-06-18
27.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02004-06-26
27.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922004-06-26
29.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462004-06-27
30.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052004-07-04
31.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572004-09-12
32.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002004-11-13
32.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182004-11-13
34.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812004-11-14
35.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712004-12-05
36.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822005-01-30
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges201 
37.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472005-04-30
38.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602005-05-07
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062005-05-08
40.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062005-05-28
41.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02005-05-30
42.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872005-11-23
43.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242005-11-24
44.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942005-11-25
45.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192005-11-26
46.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202005-12-18
47.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942006-07-03
48.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02006-08-04
49.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522007-05-27
49.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852007-05-27
51.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-07-26
52.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532010-11-25
53.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132010-11-26
54.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502011-01-23
55.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302011-07-09
 FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 

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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)

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