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Central California Coast Ranges

Range TypePolitically-defined sub-range
Highest PointJunipero Serra Peak (5862 ft/1787 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area18,936 sq mi / 49,044 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent220 mi / 354 km North-South
189 mi / 304 km East-West
Center Lat/Long36° 31' N; 120° 49' W
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Map of Central California Coast Ranges
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Central California Coast Ranges.
Central and Southern California RangesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Central California Coast RangesLevel 4
                 Santa Cruz MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Gabilan RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Santa Lucia RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Diablo RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 San Luis Obispo RangesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Temblor RangeLevel 5 (Child)
         Transverse RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Peninsular Southern California RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Central California Coast Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Junipero Serra Peak58621787Santa Lucia Range
2.Pinyon Peak52641604Santa Lucia Range
3.San Benito Mountain52411597Diablo Range
4.Cone Peak51551571Santa Lucia Range
5.Caliente Mountain51061556San Luis Obispo Ranges
6.Chews Ridge50451538Santa Lucia Range
7.Mira Observatory5000+1524+Santa Lucia Range
8.South Ventana Cone49651513Santa Lucia Range
9.Black Butte49411506Santa Lucia Range
10.Ventana Double Cone48531479Santa Lucia Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Junipero Serra Peak58621787Santa Lucia Range
2.San Benito Mountain52411597Diablo Range
3.Caliente Mountain51061556San Luis Obispo Ranges
4.McKittrick Summit43321320Temblor Range
5.Loma Prieta37861154Santa Cruz Mountains
6.Mount Johnson34651056Gabilan Range



Photos of Peaks in the Central California Coast Ranges

Mount Davidson
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The misty top of San Francisco (2013-08-14). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Telegraph Hill
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Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower in San Francisco (2013-08-13). Photo by Peter Stone.
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