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California Wilderness High Points - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,49810,078  
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,49810,078  
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,1629762  
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,0800  
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,1433957  
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,1141894  
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900900  
8.HooverMount Conness12,5902647  
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,4321033  
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,1233083  
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,5692049  
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,5491674  
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,4998294  
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,4591816  
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,1233923  
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080400  
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,0486168  
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,8398319  
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,6121412  
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,4000  
21.MokelumneRound Top10,3812541  
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,3651205  
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,3101310  
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,0646224  
25.DesolationPyramid Peak99832583  
26.South WarnerEagle Peak98924352  
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724164  
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point92200  
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief90061846  
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak90023922  
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak89851183  
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain89201110  
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840360  
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope88400  
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818418  
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak86832923  
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak84532173  
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396493  
39.CaribouRed Cinder83751735  
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak82992899  
41.RussianRussian Peak81902234  
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain80944814  
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain80381438  
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit80000  
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994794  
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point797050  
47.MojaveClark Mountain79074232  
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770170  
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731651  
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point77200  
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point758179  
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point75600  
53.SespeReyes Peak75142074  
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak73363727  
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak73092509  
56.KiavahScodie Mountain72942048  
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200720  
58.Manly PeakManly Peak71952536  
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120640  
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain70562496  
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain68002160  
62.Red ButtesRed Butte67391579  
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain65931273  
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point65200  
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak64012398  
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point63943573  
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak61553295  
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point61200  
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point60800  
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960   
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938538  
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876276  
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak58624447  
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain58132293  
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain57551075  
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point569919  
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow56800  
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain56351555  
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point54470  
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak53810  
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain53252733  
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point53201320  
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point52662379  
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain52441944  
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240139  
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point515133  
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point51171117  
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge50800  
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain49741657  
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928975  
91.IbexIbex Peak47511461  
92.Great Falls BasinGreat Falls Basin Wilderness High Point47200  
93.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point470525  
94.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701715  
95.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681821  
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647727  
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point46132218  
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain45932051  
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte45042844  
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424384  
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain43313314  
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope43200  
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point42982657  
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark42391349  
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point41991066  
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope41600  
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point41302790  
108.King RangeKing Peak40882928  
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark40791039  
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain40631623  
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038238  
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939519  
113.HauserMorena Butte3920680  
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914601  
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point38711328  
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842906  
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point384040  
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point38152095  
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773640  
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain37611971  
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak36941774  
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point36611781  
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point36077  
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester36001287  
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591911  
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590610  
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551271  
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point33812298  
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314709  
130.HainHain Wilderness High Point3280   
131.GarciaPine Ridge32001280  
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High31961596  
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge31600  
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940726  
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark28871567  
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark23711651  
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs23681328  
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280188  
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark22541134  
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160760  
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak21601040  
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point197515  
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814251  
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak17601000  
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604484  
146.Little PicachoRidge Benchmark1523743  
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430390  
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg14071007  
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point9740  
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point8750  
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500126  
152.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223223  

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Dale York, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

List Description

California has more wilderness areas than any other state--148--and they include areas in every major mountain range between Mexico and Oregon. Many famous peaks are on this list, but it also includes many "liners" near summits, where the summit area has a road or radio tower, forcing the wilderness boundary and high point to a random slope point.

Also, note that there are two wilderness areas in California that are closed to public entry. The first is the Fallaron Islands, and the second is the Rocks and Islands wilderness off the northern coast. This latter area is largely marine and I could not find any discernable high point on its tiny offshore rocks, so it is not listed here, making the list total 147.

There are also two wilderness areas (Havasu and Imperial Refuge) located parly in California and party in Arizona, and their high points are in Arizona. They are not on this list either--see the Arizona Wilderness High Point List on this site for these peaks.

Finally, this list includes the high point of the State Wilderness Area in San Jacinto State Park, which is not a Nationally designated wilderness but deserves to be on this list.


A big thank you to Daryn Dodge, who researched many of these points and supplied a detailed Excel file that allowed me to easily update the preliminary list of 75 peaks that was here. Appreciate it, Daryn!


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