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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5100Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7740West Great Basin Ranges 
 Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3297Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges 
 Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6100Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7160Northern Sierra Nevada 
 Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range 
 Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades 
 Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
 Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range 
 ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range 
 Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges 
 Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4601Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges 
 Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges 
 Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges 
 Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges 
 DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges 
 Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada 
 DomelandBald Mountain-East Shoulder9380Southern Sierra Nevada 
 El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
 EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 FarallonFarallon Islands Wilderness High Point270Central California Coast Ranges 
 Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5340West Great Basin Ranges 
 GarciaPine Ridge3220Central California Coast Ranges 
 Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges 
 Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges 
 HauserMorena Butte3940Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3789Mojave Desert Ranges 
 HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges 
 Indian PassQuartz Peak2180Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges 
 IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4340California Cascades 
 JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
 Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 John MuirMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada 
 Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3887Mojave Desert Ranges 
 KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada 
 King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range 
 Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,420California Cascades 
 Lava BedsLava Beds National Monument High Point5700California Cascades 
 Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2180Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
 Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges 
 Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges 
 Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges 
 Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains 
 MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges 
 Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 MesquiteMesquite Wilderness High Point5266Mojave Desert Ranges 
 MojaveClark Mountain7923Mojave Desert Ranges 
 MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
 MonarchHogback Peak11,100Central Sierra Nevada 
 Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range 
 Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades 
 Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges 
 North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point510Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range 
 North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Otay MountainOtay Mountain-South Ridge3500Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,582Central Sierra Nevada 
 Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5167Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4347Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1780Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range 
 Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges 
 Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3860Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8860West Great Basin Ranges 
 Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4215Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges 
 Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
 Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges 
 Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5260Mojave Desert Ranges 
 RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains 
 Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8860Southern Sierra Nevada 
 Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges 
 San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges 
 San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges 
 San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Canyon Wilderness High Point3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges 
 SanhedrinBig Signal Peak-East Ridge6140Northern California Coast Range 
 Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3180Central California Coast Ranges 
 Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8020Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5980Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
 SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges 
 Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges 
 Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
 SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains 
 Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range 
 South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4180Northern California Coast Range 
 South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
 South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges 
 South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada 
 South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges 
 StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2927Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
 Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges 
 Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades 
 TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges 
 Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains 
 Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4314Mojave Desert Ranges 
 VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges 
 Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges 
 White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,100West Great Basin Ranges 
 Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range 
 YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada 
 YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6540Northern California Coast Range 

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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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