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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,083
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,083
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9772
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3990
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1926
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8339
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6244
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4362
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada350
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades935
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2088
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada25
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5125
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada24
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges438
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1205
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2802
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436
28.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada40
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2041
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1534
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges2200
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2633
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains12
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4397
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3491
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2231
40.YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada26
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California70
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range120
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges3120
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range80
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3119
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1102
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges221
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1424
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges246
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1691
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range720
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1969
54.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges160
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range2462
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range353
56.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada2063
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast Ranges641
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada178

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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)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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