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Santa Cruz Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointLoma Prieta (3786 ft/1154 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area1,487 sq mi / 3,850 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent66 mi / 106 km North-South
56 mi / 90 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 20' N; 122° 0' W
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Map of Santa Cruz Mountains
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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 Santa Cruz Mountains.
Central California Coast RangesLevel 4 (Parent)
         Santa Cruz MountainsLevel 5
         Gabilan RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Santa Lucia RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Diablo RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         San Luis Obispo RangesLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Temblor RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Loma Prieta37861154 
2.Crystal Peak3600+1097+ 
3.Mount Chual35621086 
4.Mount Umunhum34861063 
5.Mount Thayer34831062 
6.Mount Bielawski3231985 
7.Castle Rock3214980 
8.Summit Rock3076938 
9.The Peak3003915 
10.El Sombroso3000+914+ 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.



Photos of Peaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Mount Umunhum
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From the slopes of El Sombroso above Rincon Creek (1978). Photo by Gordon Jacobs.
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Mount Thayer
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Mt. Thayer (3483ft/1062m) has a nice looking summit and good views toward both Bay and Ocean (2018-02-03). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Goat Rock
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Some rock climbers disassembling anchors on top of Goat Rock (2018-03-09). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Long Ridge
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The actual high point in the front yard (2016-02-28). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Eagle Rock
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The summit area of Eagle Rock, looking down on the nearby unused fire tower (2015-10-11). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Bald Mountain
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Day on Bald Mountain (2018-03-08). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Langley Hill
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Bench near the top of Langley Hill (2016-08-27). Photo by Nick Flegel.
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Mindego Hill
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Mindego Hill as seen from Russian Ridge near Borel Peak (2018-06-03). Photo by Brandon Smith.
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Bald Peaks
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Bald Peaks from the west. This mountain is actually comprised of several 'bald' summits in rapid succession along the ridge. The peak on the left in the picture is the high point (2017-05-14). Photo by Gordon Jacobs.
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Peak 1784
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Viewed from the north (2014-09-20). Photo by Gordon Jacobs.
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