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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Brad Haehnel's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 147, or 4.08%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges2008-05-31
2.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges2008-06-25
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta4317California Cascades2008-07-12
4.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada2009-09-24
4.John MuirMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada2009-09-24
6.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges2010-08-29
 White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point4298West Great Basin Ranges 
 Ansel AdamsMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 YosemiteMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 Golden TroutCirque Peak3932Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 HooverMount Conness3837Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 John KrebsFlorence Peak3789Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 South SierraOlancha Peak3695Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain3530Central Sierra Nevada 
 EmigrantLeavitt Peak3526Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Carson-IcebergSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain3390West Great Basin Ranges 
 MonarchHogback Peak3383Central Sierra Nevada 
 Death ValleyTelescope Peak3367West Great Basin Ranges 
 Dinkey LakesThree Sisters3235Central Sierra Nevada 
 Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point3176California Cascades 
 MokelumneRound Top3164Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Jennie LakesMitchell Peak3159Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 KaiserKaiser Peak3142Central Sierra Nevada 
 DesolationPyramid Peak3043Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 South WarnerEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges 
 DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point2964Southern Sierra Nevada 
 San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point2810Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Granite ChiefGranite Chief2745Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Trinity AlpsThompson Peak2741Klamath Mountains 
 CucamongaTelegraph Peak2739Transverse Ranges 
 Granite MountainGranite Mountain2719West Great Basin Ranges 
 Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point2701Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope2701West Great Basin Ranges 
 ChumashSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges 
 Thousand LakesCrater Peak2647California Cascades 
 Owens PeakOwens Peak2576Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis2559Transverse Ranges 
 CaribouRed Cinder2553California Cascades 
 Marble MountainBoulder Peak2530Klamath Mountains 
 RussianRussian Peak2496Klamath Mountains 
 Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain2467Northern California Coast Range 
 San GabrielWaterman Mountain2450Transverse Ranges 
 Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit2444Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Chimney PeakChimney Peak2437Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point2429West Great Basin Ranges 
 MojaveClark Mountain2415Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point2368West Great Basin Ranges 
 Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point2359West Great Basin Ranges 
 Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point2356West Great Basin Ranges 
 Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain2323Transverse Ranges 
 Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point2311West Great Basin Ranges 
 SespeReyes Peak2290Transverse Ranges 
 Kingston RangeKingston Peak2236Mojave Desert Ranges 
 SiskiyouPreston Peak2228Klamath Mountains 
 KiavahScodie Mountain2223Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point2195Klamath Mountains 
 Manly PeakManly Peak2193West Great Basin Ranges 
 Bucks LakeMount Pleasant2182Northern Sierra Nevada 
 Snow MountainSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range 
 Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain2079Transverse Ranges 
 Red ButtesRed Butte2054Klamath Mountains 
 San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain2010Transverse Ranges 
 YukiYuki Wilderness High Point1993Northern California Coast Range 
 ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak1951Northern California Coast Range 
 Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point1949South Great Basin Ranges 
 SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point1871Northern California Coast Range 
 Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point1859Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point1823Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point1810Transverse Ranges 
 Mount LassicSignal Peak1791Northern California Coast Range 
 VentanaJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges 
 Joshua TreeQuail Mountain1772Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain1754Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Lava BedsCallahan Flow1737California Cascades 
 Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point1737West Great Basin Ranges 
 Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain1718Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point1660Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak1645Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point1628West Great Basin Ranges 
 Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain1623Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Resting Spring RangeStewart Point1605South Great Basin Ranges 
 Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point1603Mojave Desert Ranges 
 El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain1598Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point1575Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point1560Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge1554Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Golden ValleyDome Mountain1516Mojave Desert Ranges 
 StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point1502Mojave Desert Ranges 
 IbexIbex Peak1448West Great Basin Ranges 
 Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point1434Transverse Ranges 
 North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point1433Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point1427Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Carrizo GorgeMount Tule1416Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point1406Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Clipper MountainClipper Mountain1403Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte1373Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point1348Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain1325Mojave Desert Ranges 
 IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope1323California Cascades 
 Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point1315Mojave Desert Ranges 
 South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark1292South Great Basin Ranges 
 Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point1285Mojave Desert Ranges 
 South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope1274Northern California Coast Range 
 Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point1259Mojave Desert Ranges 
 King RangeKing Peak1246Northern California Coast Range 
 Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark1243Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain1238Central California Coast Ranges 
 JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point1231Northern Baja California 
 HauserMorena Butte1201Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Black MountainBlack Mountain1201Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point1193Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point1185Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point1177Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point1171Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point1163Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark1155Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain1146Northern California Coast Range 
 Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak1126Mojave Desert Ranges 
 North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point1099Northern California Coast Range 
 Dead MountainsMount Manchester1097Mojave Desert Ranges 
 San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak1095Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Silver PeakSilver Peak1094Central California Coast Ranges 
 Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point1082Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point1031Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point1015Mojave Desert Ranges 
 PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak996Central California Coast Ranges 
 GarciaPine Ridge981Central California Coast Ranges 
 Cache CreekBrushy Sky High974Northern California Coast Range 
 Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge969Central California Coast Ranges 
 Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains896Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark880Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark723Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs722Northern California Coast Range 
 Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point695West Great Basin Ranges 
 Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark687Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Indian PassQuartz Peak664Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point664Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point602Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point553Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak543Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark449Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point436Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg429Northern California Coast Range 
 Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point297Mojave Desert Ranges 
 North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point155Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 FarallonMaintop Island High Point68Central 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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