California County High Points
Showing Marlin Thorman's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 58, or 6.9%)
|Range (Level 4)|| Prom-Ft|
|45.||Alameda||Discovery Peak||3860||Central California Coast Ranges||1120|| |
|10.||Alpine||Sonora Peak||11,459||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||1816|| |
|16.||Amador||Thunder Mountain||9410||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||350|| |
|28.||Butte||Butte County High Point||7140||Northern Sierra Nevada|| || |
|26.||Calaveras||Corral Hollow Hill||8170||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||230|| |
|29.||Colusa||Snow Mountain||7056||Northern California Coast Range||2516|| |
|46.||Contra Costa||Mount Diablo||3849||Central California Coast Ranges||3119|| |
|35.||Del Norte||Bear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP||6405||Klamath Mountains||10|| |
|11.||El Dorado||Freel Peak||10,881||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||3146|| |
|4.||Fresno||North Palisade||14,242||Central Sierra Nevada||2894|| |
|27.||Glenn||Black Butte||7448||Northern California Coast Range||2436|| |
|31.||Humboldt||Salmon Mountain||6956||Klamath Mountains||2041|| |
|41.||Imperial||Blue Angels Peak||4548||Northern Baja California||69|| |
|1.||Inyo||Mount Whitney||14,495||Sequoia Sierra Nevada||10,080||2011-12-22|
|23.||Kern||Sawmill Mountain||8818||Transverse Ranges||438|| |
|50.||Kings||Table Mountain||3473||Central California Coast Ranges||335|| |
|29.||Lake||Snow Mountain||7056||Northern California Coast Range||2516|| |
|24.||Lassen||Hat Mountain||8737||Northwest Great Basin Ranges||1197|| |
|14.||Los Angeles||Mount San Antonio||10,064||Transverse Ranges||6244||2014-04-11|
|6.||Madera||Mount Ritter||13,143||Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada||3990|| |
|55.||Marin||Mount Tamalpais||2571||Northern California Coast Range||2456|| |
|8.||Mariposa||Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge||12,060||Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada||40|| |
|32.||Mendocino||Anthony Peak||6954||Northern California Coast Range||1534|| |
|48.||Merced||Laveaga Peak||3801||Central California Coast Ranges||1853|| |
|15.||Modoc||Eagle Peak||9892||Northwest Great Basin Ranges||4362|| |
|3.||Mono||White Mountain Peak||14,246||West Great Basin Ranges||7196|| |
|36.||Monterey||Junipero Serra Peak||5862||Central California Coast Ranges||4447|| |
|44.||Napa||Mount Saint Helena-East Peak||4220||Northern California Coast Range||280|| |
|18.||Nevada||Mount Lola||9148||Northern Sierra Nevada||2088|| |
|37.||Orange||Santiago Peak||5687||Peninsular Southern California Ranges||4397|| |
|19.||Placer||Mount Baldy-West Ridge||9060||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||25|| |
|25.||Plumas||Mount Ingalls||8372||Northern Sierra Nevada||2802|| |
|12.||Riverside||San Jacinto Peak||10,839||Peninsular Southern California Ranges||8339|| |
|58.||Sacramento||Carpenter Benchmark||828||Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada||178|| |
|38.||San Benito||San Benito Mountain||5241||Central California Coast Ranges||3491|| |
|9.||San Bernardino||San Gorgonio Mountain||11,499||Transverse Ranges||8294|| |
|34.||San Diego||Hot Springs Mountain||6533||Peninsular Southern California Ranges||2633|| |
|57.||San Francisco||Mount Davidson||937||Central California Coast Ranges||640|| |
|49.||San Joaquin||Boardman North||3626||Central California Coast Ranges||246|| |
|39.||San Luis Obispo||Caliente Mountain||5106||Central California Coast Ranges||2231|| |
|54.||San Mateo||Long Ridge||2620||Central California Coast Ranges||160|| |
|33.||Santa Barbara||Big Pine Mountain||6820||Transverse Ranges||2200|| |
|43.||Santa Clara||Copernicus Peak||4380||Central California Coast Ranges||3120|| |
|51.||Santa Cruz||Mount Bielewski||3231||Central California Coast Ranges||1691|| |
|13.||Shasta||Lassen Peak||10,457||California Cascades||5229|| |
|21.||Sierra||Mount Lola-North Ridge Peak||8844||Northern Sierra Nevada||24|| |
|5.||Siskiyou||Mount Shasta||14,162||California Cascades||9772||2010-06-10|
|53.||Solano||Mount Vaca||2819||Northern California Coast Range||1969|| |
|42.||Sonoma||Cobb Mountain-Southwest Peak||4500||Northern California Coast Range||120|| |
|47.||Stanislaus||Mount Stakes||3804||Central California Coast Ranges||1424|| |
|56.||Sutter||South Butte||2130||Northern Sierra Nevada||2062|| |
|17.||Tehama||Brokeoff Mountain||9235||California Cascades||935|| |
|20.||Trinity||Mount Eddy||9025||Klamath Mountains||5125|| |
|1.||Tulare||Mount Whitney||14,495||Sequoia Sierra Nevada||10,080||2011-12-22|
|7.||Tuolumne||Mount Lyell||13,114||Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada||1927|| |
|22.||Ventura||Mount Pinos||8831||Transverse Ranges||4800|| |
|52.||Yolo||Little Blue Ridge||3140||Northern California Coast Range||720|| |
|40.||Yuba||Yuba County High Point||4837||Northern Sierra Nevada||24|| |
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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.
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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