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California County High Points

Showing Adam Helman's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 58, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781980
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781980
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961995-08
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942000-08-18
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621994-07-01
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571999-10-03
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942001-08-18
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02001-08-19
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941991
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162001
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462001
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191992-10-19
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292002-07-09
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242000
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522002-06-26
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302001
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152002-07-09
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682001
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52009-06-22
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052002-07-08
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42001
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48001997-10-12
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4181997-10-12
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852002-06-27
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922002-06-27
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102001
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362002-06-15
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02002-06-14
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-10-07
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962001-10-07
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062002-07
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142002-06-15
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602000-12
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26131997-09
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02002-07-06
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44471996-05
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43871994-10-08
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812000
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062000
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02002-06-14
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California531994-11-24
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802001-10-06
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802000
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402001-01
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092000
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10862001-03-30
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges205 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042001-04-01
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532001-01
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262001-03-31
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352000
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712000
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802001
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592000
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202000
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456Unknown
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322000
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502001-12-15
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282000
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682001-12-16

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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

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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