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California County High Points

Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (54 out of 58, or 93.1%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781965-09-11
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781965-09-11
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961966-07-02
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941967-08-13
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621972-07-02
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571968-06-23
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941966-07-17
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02004-09-16
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941966-10-16
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18161985-07-05
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461999-08-19
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191971-06-26
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291972-07-01
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62241975-08-09
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521983-07-03
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302000-08-18
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9151999-08-16
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20681998-08-10
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52010-08-10
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51051999-08-15
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada41998-08-10
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48001974-06-25
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4181974-06-25
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852000-08-03
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921998-07-31
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102000-08-20
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362001-08-11
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02001-07-10
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961999-08-10
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961999-08-10
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20061999-08-12
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142001-08-11
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601987-04-12
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26131987-10-10
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains01999-08-13
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44471996-05-04
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43871974-12-06
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811996-05-05
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22061986-12-01
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02000-08-15
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California531994-03-25
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802001-04-30
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30801999-08-08
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range401999-08-09
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092001-05-01
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822004-08-04
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges201 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16711999-08-04
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802001-04-30
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592001-04-29
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201999-08-04
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24561999-08-08
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3321999-08-08
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502018-02-18
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6281999-08-08
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682001-07-09

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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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