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California County High Points

Showing Laura Newman's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (51 out of 58, or 87.93%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62642004-07
2.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83592004-07-03
3.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942004-07-18
4.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0882004-08-02
4.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0882004-08-02
6.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97822007-05-27
7.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962010-09-19
8.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31292010-12-17
8.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1882010-12-17
10.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002011-03-12
10.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4582011-03-12
12.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges44072011-09-18
13.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26532011-10-09
14.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22562011-10-15
15.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19792011-10-29
15.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15542011-10-29
15.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362011-10-29
18.San FranciscoMount Davidson950Central California Coast Ranges6532011-10-30
18.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4400Central California Coast Ranges31602011-10-30
20.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges17112011-12-07
21.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California862012-02-29
22.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges35012012-05-20
23.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9080Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada452012-08-11
24.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8200Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2802012-09-08
25.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462012-09-09
26.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges22402013-05-26
27.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162013-07-10
27.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3702013-07-10
29.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472013-10-26
30.SutterSouth Butte2140Northern Sierra Nevada20752013-12-04
30.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4520Northern California Coast Range1602013-12-04
32.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9552014-08-30
32.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292014-08-30
34.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada28122014-08-31
35.YubaYuba County High Point4850Northern Sierra Nevada502014-09-01
36.San MateoLong Ridge2640Central California Coast Ranges2002016-02-28
37.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3160Northern California Coast Range7602016-02-29
38.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada19592016-06-25
39.ButteButte County High Point7160Northern Sierra Nevada802016-06-27
40.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada442016-07-17
40.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada21082016-07-17
42.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2578Northern California Coast Range24682016-07-27
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2574Northern California Coast Range3742011-10-30
43.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada40222016-09-16
44.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25362017-05-07
44.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25362017-05-07
46.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4240Northern California Coast Range1202017-05-12
47.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges11222018-01-13
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges2412018-01-13
48.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2662018-01-14
49.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14442018-01-15
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352018-02-09
51.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51452018-08-18
 LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1225 
 HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2076 
 Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6411Klamath Mountains22 
 MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,080Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada80 
 FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
 ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4372 
 MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 

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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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