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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft 
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 Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1082
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges201
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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