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California County High Points

Showing Erika Kikuchi's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (5 out of 58, or 8.62%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31192009-10-18
2.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast Ranges6412010-09-11
3.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada252011-01-24
4.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0832011-08-16
4.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0832011-08-16
 MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
 FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
 SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9772 
 MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3990 
 TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1926 
 MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40 
 San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294 
 AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 
 El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146 
 RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8339 
 ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229 
 Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6244 
 ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4362 
 AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada350 
 TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades935 
 NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2088 
 TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5125 
 SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada24 
 VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800 
 KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges438 
 LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1205 
 PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2802 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245 
 GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
 ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada40 
 ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516 
 LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516 
 HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2041 
 MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1534 
 Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges2200 
 San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2633 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains12 
 MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
 OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4397 
 San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3491 
 San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2231 
 YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada26 
 ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California70 
 SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range120 
 Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges3120 
 NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range80 
 SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada178 
 AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1102 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges221 
 StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1424 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
 San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges246 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1691 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range720 
 SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1969 
 San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges160 
 MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range2462 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range3532008-09-07
 SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada2063 

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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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