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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Dennis Poulin's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (105 out of 147, or 71.43%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2003-07-12
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2003-07-12
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1999-09-11
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges2014-07-19 b
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2007-08-12
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2006-10-28
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2007-09-15
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada2014-06-09
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada2016-11-05
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2010-09-20 b
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada2014-07-24
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges2005-05-13
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2004-06-02
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges2014-09-24
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges2005-08-19
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges2005-02-03
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades2016-10-08 b
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2008-06-20 b
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges2004-09-06
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2006-09-24
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges2004-07-06
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2004-05-29 b
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains2005-09-03
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges 
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges2014-07-25
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges2014-06-12
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges2004-09-03
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades2005-07-30
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada2013-11-04
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges2015-04-25 b
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades2014-06-24 b
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains2005-08-06
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains2005-08-06
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range2005-08-07
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges2015-04-25 a
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-12-09 c
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges2014-06-13
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges2006-01-22
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges2014-01-04
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges 
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges2015-04-26 a
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges2011-11-01 a
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges2011-10-28
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains2005-09-24
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada2013-11-03
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains2009-08-28
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges2014-01-06
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada2014-07-27 b
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2004-06-26
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2005-04-01
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains2003-09-27
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range2014-11-09 g
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range2006-09-09
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges2013-01-19
67.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range2014-11-09 e
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada2014-03-06
69.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-21
70.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges 
71.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range2014-11-08 b
72.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges2004-05-15
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges2011-03-04
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges2014-01-05 a
76.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades2009-09-05 a
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-04-27
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-04-26 c
79.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges 
80.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges2010-01-30
81.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges2015-02-20
82.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges2006-01-25
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-07 a
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-11 b
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges2015-02-18
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-11 a
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-08
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges2014-04-10
90.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges2015-02-19
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges 
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges2015-02-17
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-10 b
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-22 a
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges2010-01-31
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges2010-02-06
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges2010-01-26
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges2008-03-16
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades2014-06-23 c
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges2011-02-16
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges2014-04-11 a
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges 
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range2014-11-09 c
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges2010-01-29
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range2005-04-30 a
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges2015-01-24 a
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
110.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges2014-03-10 c
111.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-20 c
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 Ranges2010-01-23
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges 
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges2013-01-13
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range2014-11-07 g
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges 
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-19
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-20
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges2010-01-27
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3281Mojave Desert Ranges 
127.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges2015-01-05 b
128.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges 
129.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range 
130.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges2013-12-29 b
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges 
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges 
133.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-23
134.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range 
135.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges2014-04-11 b
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges 
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-12-06
139.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-22 c
140.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-12-09 a
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 Ranges2014-12-08 b
144.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range2014-11-12 b
145.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges2015-01-24 b
146.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-12-08 a
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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