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California County High Points

Showing Marlin Thorman's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 58, or 6.9%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
45.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3860Central California Coast Ranges1120 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada350 
28.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada  
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516 
46.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3119 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6405Klamath Mountains10 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2041 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California69 
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0802011-12-22
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges438 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516 
24.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1197 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62442014-04-11
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3990 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range2456 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1534 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4362 
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range280 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2088 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4397 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada25 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2802 
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8339 
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada178 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3491 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2633 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson937Central California Coast Ranges640 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges246 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2231 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges160 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges2200 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges3120 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1691 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada24 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97722010-06-10
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1969 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range120 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1424 
56.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada2062 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades935 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5125 
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0802011-12-22
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1927 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range720 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4837Northern Sierra Nevada24 

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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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