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California Wilderness High Points

Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (119 out of 147, or 80.95%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges1965-05-10
2.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
2.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
4.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges1965-11-28
5.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges1966-02-12
6.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges1966-03-05
7.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges1966-03-19
8.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges1966-04-23
9.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada1966-06-19
10.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1966-07-17
11.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1966-10-16
12.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges1966-12-27
13.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges1967-02-04
14.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges1967-03-04
15.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges1968
15.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges1968
17.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges1968-01-27
18.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges1968-02-26
19.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada1968-05-18
20.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1968-06-23
21.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges1969
21.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges1969
23.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges1971
24.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1971-06-26
25.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges1971-08-28
26.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges1971-12-04
27.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1972-07-02
28.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges1974-03-17
29.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada1974-06-16
30.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges1974-06-25
31.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges1974-09-01
32.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges1975-02-15
33.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges1975-02-16
34.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges1975-08-09
35.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges1975-09-14
36.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada1975-11-23
37.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges1976-02-28
38.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges1976-12-12
39.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges1977-02-05
40.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada1977-02-06
41.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges1977-09-18
42.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges1978-02-04
43.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges1980
44.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges1982-06-05
45.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges1982-12-05
46.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges1983-07-03
47.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges1985
48.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1985-07-04
49.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1985-07-05
50.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada1985-08-03
51.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges1986-04-12
52.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges1987-02-21
53.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges1987-04-12
54.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1988-08-20
55.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges1989-03-18
56.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges1990
57.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges1990-03-04
58.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges1992-01-02
59.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges1995-03-25
60.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges1996-05-04
61.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges1996-12-15
62.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges1996-12-23
63.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges1996-12-30
64.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges1997-02-15
65.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges1997-03-23
66.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges1997-04-26
67.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1997-08-26
68.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3281Mojave Desert Ranges1998-01-17
69.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges1998-12-12
70.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges1999-01-24
71.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges1999-03-13
72.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range1999-08-10
73.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range1999-08-11
74.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1999-09-12
75.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2000-09-09
76.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades2001-07-15
77.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range2001-08-06
78.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada2002-06-23
79.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range2002-06-27
80.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range2002-07-27
81.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains2002-08-07
82.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains2002-08-10
83.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains2002-08-11
84.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges2004-01-20
85.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains2004-06-17
86.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges2006-01-16
87.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range2006-09-07
88.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges2007-02-19
89.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges2007-02-20
90.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges2009-03-04
91.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades2012-07-03
92.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges2012-10-21
93.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada2012-11-14
94.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-15
95.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-26
95.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges2012-11-26
97.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-27
97.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-27
99.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges2012-12-25
100.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges2012-12-26
101.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-01-09
102.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-14
103.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-28
104.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-05-09
105.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada2013-07-08
106.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-13
107.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-15
108.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range2014-02-05
109.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-02-20
109.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-02-20
111.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range2014-05-26
112.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges2014-11-03
113.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada2014-11-05
114.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-05
115.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-06
116.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges2015-02-26
117.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges2015-03-18
118.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges2015-05-28
119.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades2015-06-22
 White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges 
 MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada 
 Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada 
 Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades 
 Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges 
 Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada 
 CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades 
 Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
 Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges 
 Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
 Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
 Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges 
 Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range 
 Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges 
 Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
 JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
 Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
 North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range 
 Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
 PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges 
 GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges 
 Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range 
 Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range 
 FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central California Coast Ranges 

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List Description

California has more wilderness areas than any other state--148--and they include areas in every major mountain range between Mexico and Oregon. Many famous peaks are on this list, but it also includes many "liners" near summits, where the summit area has a road or radio tower, forcing the wilderness boundary and high point to a random slope point.

Also, note that there are two wilderness areas in California that are closed to public entry. The first is the Fallaron Islands, and the second is the Rocks and Islands wilderness off the northern coast. This latter area is largely marine and I could not find any discernable high point on its tiny offshore rocks, so it is not listed here, making the list total 147.

There are also two wilderness areas (Havasu and Imperial Refuge) located parly in California and party in Arizona, and their high points are in Arizona. They are not on this list either--see the Arizona Wilderness High Point List on this site for these peaks.


A big thank you to Daryn Dodge, who researched many of these points and supplied a detailed Excel file that allowed me to easily update the preliminary list of 75 peaks that was here. Appreciate it, Daryn!


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