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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
1.John MuirMount Whitney4418Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta4317California Cascades 
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point4292West Great Basin Ranges 
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
6.YosemiteMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak3932Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
8.HooverMount Conness3837Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak3789Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
10.South SierraOlancha Peak3695Southern Sierra Nevada 
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak3526Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain3520Central Sierra Nevada 
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges 
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain3390West Great Basin Ranges 
16.MonarchHogback Peak3377Central Sierra Nevada 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak3367West Great Basin Ranges 
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters3235Central Sierra Nevada 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point3170California Cascades 
21.MokelumneRound Top3164Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak3159Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak3142Central Sierra Nevada 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges 
25.DesolationPyramid Peak3043Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
26.South WarnerEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges 
27.DomelandBald Mountain-East Shoulder2853Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief2745Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak2741Klamath Mountains 
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak2739Transverse Ranges 
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain2719West Great Basin Ranges 
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak2696Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope2694West Great Basin Ranges 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point2694Southern Sierra Nevada 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges 
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak2647California Cascades 
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak2576Southern Sierra Nevada 
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis2559Transverse Ranges 
39.CaribouRed Cinder2553California Cascades 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak2530Klamath Mountains 
41.RussianRussian Peak2496Klamath Mountains 
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain2467Northern California Coast Range 
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain2450Transverse Ranges 
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit2438Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak2437Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point2429West Great Basin Ranges 
47.MojaveClark Mountain2410Mojave Desert Ranges 
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point2368West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point2356West Great Basin Ranges 
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point2353West Great Basin Ranges 
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain2323Transverse Ranges 
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point2311West Great Basin Ranges 
53.SespeReyes Peak2290Transverse Ranges 
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak2236Mojave Desert Ranges 
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak2228Klamath Mountains 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain2223Southern Sierra Nevada 
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point2195Klamath Mountains 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak2193West Great Basin Ranges 
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant2170Northern Sierra Nevada 
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range 
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges 
62.Red ButtesRed Butte2054Klamath Mountains 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain2010Transverse Ranges 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point1987Northern California Coast Range 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak1951Northern California Coast Range 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point1949South Great Basin Ranges 
67.SanhedrinBig Signal Peak-East Ridge1865Northern California Coast Range 
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point1853Southern Sierra Nevada 
69.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point1817Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
70.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point1810Transverse Ranges 
71.Mount LassicSignal Peak1791Northern California Coast Range 
72.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges 
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain1772Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain1754Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point1737West Great Basin Ranges 
76.Lava BedsLava Beds National Monument High Point1731California Cascades 
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain1718Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point1660Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
79.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain1623Mojave Desert Ranges 
80.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point1622West Great Basin Ranges 
81.MesquiteMesquite Wilderness High Point1605Mojave Desert Ranges 
81.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point1605South Great Basin Ranges 
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain1598Mojave Desert Ranges 
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point1597Mojave Desert Ranges 
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point1570Mojave Desert Ranges 
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point1560Mojave Desert Ranges 
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge1548Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain1516Mojave Desert Ranges 
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point1502Mojave Desert Ranges 
90.IbexIbex Peak1448West Great Basin Ranges 
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point1434Transverse Ranges 
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point1433Mojave Desert Ranges 
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point1427Mojave Desert Ranges 
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule1416Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point1406Mojave Desert Ranges 
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain1400Mojave Desert Ranges 
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte1373Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point1348Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain1320Mojave Desert Ranges 
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope1317California Cascades 
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point1310Mojave Desert Ranges 
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark1292South Great Basin Ranges 
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point1280Mojave Desert Ranges 
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope1268Northern California Coast Range 
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point1259Mojave Desert Ranges 
106.King RangeKing Peak1246Northern California Coast Range 
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark1243Mojave Desert Ranges 
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain1238Central California Coast Ranges 
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point1231Northern Baja California 
110.Black MountainBlack Mountain1201Mojave Desert Ranges 
111.HauserMorena Butte1195Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
112.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point1193Mojave Desert Ranges 
113.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point1180Mojave Desert Ranges 
114.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point1171Mojave Desert Ranges 
115.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point1170Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
116.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point1163Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark1150Mojave Desert Ranges 
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain1146Northern California Coast Range 
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak1126Mojave Desert Ranges 
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point1099Northern California Coast Range 
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester1097Mojave Desert Ranges 
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Canyon Wilderness High Point1095Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak1094Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain-South Ridge1061Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point1031Mojave Desert Ranges 
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point1000Mojave Desert Ranges 
127.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak996Central California Coast Ranges 
128.GarciaPine Ridge975Central California Coast Ranges 
129.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High974Northern California Coast Range 
130.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge963Central California Coast Ranges 
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains892Mojave Desert Ranges 
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark880Mojave Desert Ranges 
133.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark723Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
134.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs722Northern California Coast Range 
135.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point695West Great Basin Ranges 
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark687Mojave Desert Ranges 
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point658Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak658Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
139.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point602Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
140.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point553Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
141.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak536Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark449Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point436Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
144.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg429Northern California Coast Range 
145.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point297Mojave Desert Ranges 
146.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point152Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
147.FarallonFarallon Islands Wilderness High Point79Central 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.

Acknowledgments

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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