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California County High Points

Showing Gary Kremen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (43 out of 58, or 74.14%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07836882013-09-18
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07836882013-09-18
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges719610812013-06-29
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894292 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621521 
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957316 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894270 
8.MariposaParsons Peak - Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada097 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941918 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163841997-08-24
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146531 
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges831926462022-04-24
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades522911811997-07-12
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622446722014-03-08
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521562016-10-08
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302751997-08-23
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9153702017-07-20
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683702012-10-20
19.PlacerMount Baldy - West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52212015-08-12
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053722017-07-23
21.SierraMount Lola - North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42102012-10-20
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48008931997-05-06
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4186641997-05-16
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185112 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921652011-08-15
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101442005-07-05
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361731998-07-18
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01291996-09-06
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961691997-08-09
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961691997-08-09
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006921995-10-08
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141641998-07-18
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160209 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26134502014-12-26
35.Del NorteBear Mountain - Del Norte County High Point6400Klamath Mountains071 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472362013-12-17
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43876922017-10-07
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811601995-02-20
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062982013-05-04
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01292011-08-15
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532562014-12-26
42.SonomaCobb Mountain - Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801562022-04-11
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080300Unknown
44.NapaMount Saint Helena - East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402692013-10-14
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310912641996-11-08
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086170 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20554 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404107 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185379 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22691 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33574 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712252011-11-27
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801142006-11-04
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592771996-03-02
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201631996-10-20
55.MarinMount Tamalpais - West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24563652015-03-19
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501291996-09-06
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628486Unknown
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682641997-08-23

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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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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.

Links

     California County High Points

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       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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