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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
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Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
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Ascent Date
1.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24612008-09-07
2.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31292009-10-18
3.San FranciscoMount Davidson950Central California Coast Ranges6532010-09-11
4.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9080Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada452011-01-24
5.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0852011-08-16
5.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0852011-08-16
 MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
 FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
 SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9782 
 MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada4023 
 TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1960 
 MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,080Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada80 
 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 Ranges8359 
 ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229 
 Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6264 
 ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4372 
 AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada370 
 TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades955 
 NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2108 
 TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5145 
 SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada44 
 VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800 
 KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges458 
 LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1217 
 PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2812 
 CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada250 
 GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
 ButteButte County High Point7160Northern Sierra Nevada80 
 ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536 
 LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536 
 HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2076 
 MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1554 
 Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges2240 
 San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2653 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6411Klamath Mountains22 
 MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
 OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4407 
 San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3501 
 San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2256 
 YubaYuba County High Point4850Northern Sierra Nevada50 
 ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California86 
 SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4520Northern California Coast Range160 
 Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4400Central California Coast Ranges3160 
 NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4240Northern California Coast Range320 
 AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat3880Central California Coast Ranges1160 
 StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1444 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
 San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges266 
 KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
 Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1711 
 YoloLittle Blue Ridge3160Northern California Coast Range760 
 SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1979 
 San MateoLong Ridge2640Central California Coast Ranges200 
 SutterSouth Butte2140Northern Sierra Nevada2075 
 SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada188 

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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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