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California County High Points

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RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,078 
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,078 
3.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9762 
4.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8319 
5.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294 
6.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
7.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6224 
8.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229 
9.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105 
10.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800 
11.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
12.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387 
13.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
14.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957 
15.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481 
16.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146 
17.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109 
18.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080 
19.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
20.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792 
21.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613 
22.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
22.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
24.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range332 
25.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
26.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206 
27.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160 
28.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068 
29.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 
30.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
31.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959 
32.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894 
33.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
34.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 
35.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671 
36.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514 
37.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404 
38.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185 
39.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges205 
40.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915 
41.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
42.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628 
43.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418 
44.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
45.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330 
46.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226 
47.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
48.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168 
49.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120 
50.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80 
51.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53 
52.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range40 
53.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
54.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4 
55.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0 
55.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
55.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
55.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0 

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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

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       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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