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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades 
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges 
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada 
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada 
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges 
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges 
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges 
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades 
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges 
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges 
27.DomelandBald Mountain-East Shoulder9360Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains 
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges 
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges 
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges 
34.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges 
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades 
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada 
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges 
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains 
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains 
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range 
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges 
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges 
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges 
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges 
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges 
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges 
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges 
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges 
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada 
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges 
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada 
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range 
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges 
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges 
67.SanhedrinBig Signal Peak-East Ridge6120Northern 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 Ranges 
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges 
76.Lava BedsLava Beds National Monument High Point5680California Cascades 
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
79.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges 
80.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges 
81.MesquiteMesquite Wilderness High Point5266Mojave Desert Ranges 
82.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges 
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges 
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges 
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges 
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges 
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges 
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges 
90.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges 
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges 
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges 
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges 
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges 
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges 
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges 
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades 
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges 
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges 
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 Ranges 
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range 
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges 
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 Ranges 
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 Ranges 
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges 
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges 
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range 
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges 
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Canyon Wilderness High Point3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain-South Ridge3480Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges 
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 Mountains2927Mojave Desert Ranges 
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges 
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 Ranges 
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges 
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
138.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
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 Ranges 
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
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 Ranges 
147.FarallonFarallon Islands Wilderness High Point260Central 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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