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California County High Points

Showing Matt Varney's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 58, or 6.9%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,08326302014-08-21
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,08326302014-08-21
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71967452019-10-02
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894214 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades977211222011-07-30
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3990209 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1926191 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada4081 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941299 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816287 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146374 
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83391836 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229831 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62443142 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4362118 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada350217 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades935266 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2088262 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada25169 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5125274 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada24169 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800609 
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges438457 
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges120593 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2802139 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245123 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436134 
28.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada40108 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516141 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2516141 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains204177 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1534134 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges2200172 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2633295 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains1259 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447202 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4397498 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3491134 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2231247 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada26116 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California70199 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range120123 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges3120237 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range80200 
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3119814 
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1106134 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges22534 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges142488 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185378 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges24677 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33566 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1691177 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range72098 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1969218 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges160145 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range2462239 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range353576 
56.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada2063116 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast Ranges641359 
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada178225 

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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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