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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Paul Garry's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (88 out of 147, or 59.86%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2011-09-09 5X
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2011-09-09 5X
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades2006-06-11
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges2013-07-14
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2007-06-29
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2007-06-23
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada2009-07-25
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2006-08-26
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada2010-09-18
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada2005-11-19
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2008-07-29
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada2017-07-29
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges2006-08-19 3X
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2008-07-28
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges2011-07-10 2X
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges2011-09-24 2X
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges2009-04-28 3x
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada2004-07-03
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades2014-08-30
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2009-03-18
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada2004-06-24
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges2013-09-15 11
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2014-07-19
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges 
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains 
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges2004-07-17
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges2015-06-13
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges2002-09-08
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada2016-09-11
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges2003-10-04 2x
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades 
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada2005-11-05
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges2010-05-13 2X
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains 
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains 
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range2018-05-26
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges2015-04-12 2X
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-04-21
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges 
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges2007-12-02
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges2016-12-03
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges 
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges2007-10-06
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges2009-11-15 3X
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges2013-11-16
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada2007-11-03
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges2010-11-21
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada 
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2016-05-29
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2007-04-28
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges2004-04-16
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges2004-11-13
67.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range 
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada 
69.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
70.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges 
71.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range 
72.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges2011-10-01
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-02 2X
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges2007-04-07
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges2016-01-01
76.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades 
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges2006-04-01 2x
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-04-21
79.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges2016-02-13
80.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges2008-11-22
81.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges2014-11-02
82.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges2014-03-23
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges2008-02-10
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges2013-02-17
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges2016-02-14
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges2015-05-09
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges2015-01-01
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges2016-12-26
90.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges2016-12-29
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges2013-05-11
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges2016-02-14
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges 
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges2008-11-23
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges2016-01-17
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges2009-11-20
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges2012-04-07
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades 
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges2013-02-23
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges2016-12-28
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges 
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range 
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges2011-12-10
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range 
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges2015-02-16
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
110.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges 
111.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges2017-06-17
112.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges 
113.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges 
114.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges 
115.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
116.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges2012-02-20
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges2016-02-13
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges2007-11-12
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range 
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges 
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges2012-11-17
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges2018-04-07
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges2013-02-24
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3281Mojave Desert Ranges 
127.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges 
128.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges 
129.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range 
130.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges 
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges2013-02-22
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges2014-02-15
133.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
134.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range 
135.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges2016-02-14
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges2015-12-20
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-12-20
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-11-03
139.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
140.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
141.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-11-02
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-19
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-11-03
144.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range 
145.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges 
146.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-19
147.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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