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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 Nevada10,08826302014-08-21
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,08826302014-08-21
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71967452019-10-02
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894214 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades978211222011-07-30
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada4022209 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1959191 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,080Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada8081 
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 Ranges83591836 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229831 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62643139 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4372118 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada370217 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades955266 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2108262 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9080Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada45169 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5145274 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada44169 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800607 
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges458455 
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges122593 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2812139 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8200Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada280123 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436134 
28.ButteButte County High Point7160Northern Sierra Nevada80108 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536141 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2536141 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains207677 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1554134 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges2240172 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2653295 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6411Klamath Mountains2259 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447202 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4407498 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3501134 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2256247 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4850Northern Sierra Nevada50116 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California86199 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4520Northern California Coast Range160123 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4400Central California Coast Ranges3160237 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4240Northern California Coast Range120200 
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3129814 
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1126134 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges24534 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges144488 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185378 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges26677 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33566 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1711177 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3160Northern California Coast Range76098 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1979218 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2640Central California Coast Ranges200145 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2578Northern California Coast Range2468239 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2574Northern California Coast Range374576 
56.SutterSouth Butte2140Northern Sierra Nevada2075116 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson950Central California Coast Ranges653359 
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada188225 

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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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