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California County High Points

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

RankCountyPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.MarinMount Tamalpais784Northern California Coast Range7472008-09-07
2.Contra CostaMount Diablo1173Central California Coast Ranges9472009-10-18
3.San FranciscoMount Davidson282Central California Coast Ranges1912010-09-11
4.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge2755Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada12011-01-24
5.InyoMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada30712011-08-16
5.TulareMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada30712011-08-16
 MonoWhite Mountain Peak4342West Great Basin Ranges2193 
 FresnoNorth Palisade4341Central Sierra Nevada882 
 SiskiyouMount Shasta4317California Cascades2976 
 MaderaMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1206 
 TuolumneMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada577 
 MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge3670Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
 San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges2528 
 AlpineSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada554 
 El DoradoFreel Peak3317Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada959 
 RiversideSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges2536 
 ShastaLassen Peak3187California Cascades1594 
 Los AngelesMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges1898 
 ModocEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges1326 
 AmadorThunder Mountain2868Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada100 
 TehamaBrokeoff Mountain2815California Cascades279 
 NevadaMount Lola2788Northern Sierra Nevada630 
 TrinityMount Eddy2751Klamath Mountains1556 
 SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak2696Northern Sierra Nevada2 
 VenturaMount Pinos2692Transverse Ranges1463 
 KernSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges128 
 LassenHat Mountain2663Northwest Great Basin Ranges359 
 PlumasMount Ingalls2552Northern Sierra Nevada851 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill2490Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada64 
 GlennBlack Butte2270Northern California Coast Range742 
 ButteButte County High Point2170Northern Sierra Nevada0 
 ColusaSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range761 
 LakeSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range761 
 HumboldtSalmon Mountain2120Klamath Mountains611 
 MendocinoAnthony Peak2120Northern California Coast Range462 
 Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges659 
 San DiegoHot Springs Mountain1991Peninsular Southern California Ranges796 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP1951Klamath Mountains0 
 MontereyJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges1356 
 OrangeSantiago Peak1733Peninsular Southern California Ranges1337 
 San BenitoSan Benito Mountain1597Central California Coast Ranges1061 
 San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain1556Central California Coast Ranges672 
 YubaYuba County High Point1471Northern Sierra Nevada0 
 ImperialBlue Angels Peak1386Northern Baja California16 
 SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak1366Northern California Coast Range25 
 Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak1329Central California Coast Ranges939 
 NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak1280Northern California Coast Range73 
 AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat1170Central California Coast Ranges329 
 StanislausMount Stakes1159Central California Coast Ranges427 
 MercedLaveaga Peak1159Central California Coast Ranges565 
 San JoaquinBoardman North1105Central California Coast Ranges69 
 KingsTable Mountain1059Central California Coast Ranges103 
 Santa CruzMount Bielewski985Central California Coast Ranges510 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge951Northern California Coast Range207 
 SolanoMount Vaca859Northern California Coast Range597 
 San MateoLong Ridge792Central California Coast Ranges36 
 SutterSouth Butte646Northern Sierra Nevada625 
 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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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.

Links

     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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