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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 Nevada10,07826332014-08-21
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07826332014-08-21
3.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976211232011-07-30
4.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191837 
5.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941301 
6.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71967482019-10-02
7.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62243146 
8.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229831 
9.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105274 
10.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800609 
11.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447202 
12.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387498 
13.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352118 
14.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957209 
15.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481134 
16.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146375 
17.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109815 
18.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080237 
19.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894214 
20.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792139 
21.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613295 
22.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496141 
22.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496141 
24.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456239 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range332576 
25.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436134 
26.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206247 
27.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160172 
28.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068262 
29.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050116 
30.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains200677 
31.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959220 
32.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894191 
33.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185378 
34.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816287 
35.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671177 
36.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514134 
37.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges140488 
38.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges118593 
39.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086134 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20534 
40.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915266 
41.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range68098 
42.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628360 
43.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418457 
44.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33566 
45.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330217 
46.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22677 
47.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210123 
48.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168225 
49.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120145 
50.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80124 
51.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53199 
52.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range40200 
53.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5169 
54.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4169 
55.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0116 
55.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada081 
55.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains059 
55.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0108 

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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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