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California County High Points

Showing Bob Schwab's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (32 out of 58, or 55.17%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0881981-08-10
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0881981-08-10
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97821980-08-16
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada4022 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1959 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,080Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada80 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941981-08-07
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162010-08-04
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462010-08-05
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83592011-07-02
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291981-08-12
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6264 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4372 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3702012-09-11
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9552012-09-06
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada21082010-08-03
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9080Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada452010-07-31
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51452013-08-30
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada442010-08-03
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002010-07-28
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4582010-07-28
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1225 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada28122010-08-02
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8200Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2802012-09-09
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362011-07-04
28.ButteButte County High Point7160Northern Sierra Nevada802012-07-16
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25362012-09-02
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25362012-09-02
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20762012-09-04
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15542011-07-04
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges2240 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26532011-07-01
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6411Klamath Mountains22 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4407 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3501 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2256 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4850Northern Sierra Nevada502014-09-23
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California86 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4520Northern California Coast Range160 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4400Central California Coast Ranges31602010-07-28
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4240Northern California Coast Range120 
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31291980-03-15
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1126 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges245 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1444 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges266 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1711 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3160Northern California Coast Range760 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19792012-08-31
54.San MateoLong Ridge2640Central California Coast Ranges200 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2578Northern California Coast Range24682010-08-06
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2574Northern California Coast Range3742010-08-06
56.SutterSouth Butte2140Northern Sierra Nevada2075 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson950Central California Coast Ranges6532010-08-06
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1882010-07-29

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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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