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California County High Points

Showing Nathan Leung's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (2 out of 58, or 3.45%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0783253 
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0783253 
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196981 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894278 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621372 
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957277 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894245 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada092 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941686 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816357 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146486 
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192333 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291049 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622442232019-09-21
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352143 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330259 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915329 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068342 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5204 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105330 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4196 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800813 
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418609 
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185104 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792157 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210136 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436157 
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0123 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496163 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496163 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains200685 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514151 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160201 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613391 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains065 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447221 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387629 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481155 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206275 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0124 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53230 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80144 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080276 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range40247 
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310910802020-08-08
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086160 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20552 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404102 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185379 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22687 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33574 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671208 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680112 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959260 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120152 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456318 
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050126 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628438 
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168253 

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List Description

There are 58 counties in California, and their high points reflect the tremendous variety of the Golden State. The top of the list is dominated by the high peaks in the Sierra Nevada, plus the two 14,000-foot non-Sierra peaks in the state, Shasta and White Montain Peak. From the deserts a few miles from the Mexcian border, to deeply forested coastal hills in the state's northwest corner, to lonely and remote summits along the central coast, to the urban parks of the Bay Area, there is something for almost anyone on this list.

North Palisade, by consensus, is the most difficult climb technically on this list as a class 4 scramble. However, a number of lower peaks are on private land where you need to arrange for access.


  • By 1990 I had determined several of these high points by personal research.
  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled by Dinesh Desai, with generous help from Joy Desai, Bill Hauser, John Sarna, and Gary Suttle.
  • Book California County Summits by Garry Suttle (see link below).
  • In September, 2008, Jerry Brekhus of Montana determined the new Placer County high point, long thought to be Granite Chief Mountain.


     California County High Points

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       California County Summits (Suttle)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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