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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Matthias Stender's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (5 out of 152, or 3.29%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada2630 
1.John MuirMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada2630 
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta4317California Cascades11222001-07
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point4292West Great Basin Ranges50 
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada209 
6.YosemiteMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada191 
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak3932Sequoia Sierra Nevada251 
8.HooverMount Conness3837Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada291 
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak3789Sequoia Sierra Nevada107 
10.South SierraOlancha Peak3695Southern Sierra Nevada209 
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak3526Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada208 
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain3520Central Sierra Nevada165 
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges1299 
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada287 
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain3390West Great Basin Ranges118 
16.MonarchHogback Peak3377Central Sierra Nevada9 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak3367West Great Basin Ranges5902005
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges1836 
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters3235Central Sierra Nevada94 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point3170California Cascades76 
21.MokelumneRound Top3164Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2962001
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak3159Sequoia Sierra Nevada40 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak3142Central Sierra Nevada642006-07-04
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges3139 
25.DesolationPyramid Peak3043Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada322 
26.South WarnerEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges118 
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point2964Southern Sierra Nevada17 
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point2810Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief2745Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada243 
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak2741Klamath Mountains41 
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak2739Transverse Ranges494 
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain2719West Great Basin Ranges28 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope2694West Great Basin Ranges9 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point2694Southern Sierra Nevada8 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges455 
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak2647California Cascades49 
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak2576Southern Sierra Nevada240 
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis2559Transverse Ranges246 
39.CaribouRed Cinder2553California Cascades8 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak2530Klamath Mountains32 
41.RussianRussian Peak2496Klamath Mountains19 
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain2467Northern California Coast Range85 
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain2450Transverse Ranges528 
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit2438Peninsular Southern California Ranges69 
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak2437Southern Sierra Nevada20 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point2429West Great Basin Ranges9 
47.MojaveClark Mountain2410Mojave Desert Ranges170 
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point2368West Great Basin Ranges8 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point2356West Great Basin Ranges25 
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point2353West Great Basin Ranges4 
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point2311West Great Basin Ranges8 
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point2304Transverse Ranges11 
53.SespeReyes Peak2290Transverse Ranges209 
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak2236Mojave Desert Ranges109 
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak2228Klamath Mountains22 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain2223Southern Sierra Nevada179 
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point2195Klamath Mountains10 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak2193West Great Basin Ranges94 
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant2170Northern Sierra Nevada10 
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range141 
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges172 
62.Red ButtesRed Butte2054Klamath Mountains5 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain2010Transverse Ranges114 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point1987Northern California Coast Range22 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak1951Northern California Coast Range30 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point1949South Great Basin Ranges118 
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak1876Mojave Desert Ranges116 
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point1865Northern California Coast Range21 
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point1853Southern Sierra Nevada30 
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point1817Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point1810Transverse Ranges4 
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak1791Northern California Coast Range23 
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges202 
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain1772Peninsular Southern California Ranges334 
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain1754Peninsular Southern California Ranges140 
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point1737West Great Basin Ranges21 
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow1731California Cascades8 
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain1718Peninsular Southern California Ranges174 
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point1660Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak1640Mojave Desert Ranges11 
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain1623Mojave Desert Ranges119 
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point1622West Great Basin Ranges16 
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point1605South Great Basin Ranges115 
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain1598Mojave Desert Ranges145 
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point1597Mojave Desert Ranges39 
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point1570Mojave Desert Ranges16 
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point1560Mojave Desert Ranges35 
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge1548Peninsular Southern California Ranges26 
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain1516Mojave Desert Ranges34 
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point1502Mojave Desert Ranges15 
91.IbexIbex Peak1448West Great Basin Ranges40 
92.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point1434Transverse Ranges15 
93.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point1433Mojave Desert Ranges16 
94.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point1427Mojave Desert Ranges16 
95.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point1426West Great Basin Ranges2 
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule1416Peninsular Southern California Ranges84 
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point1406Mojave Desert Ranges142 
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain1400Mojave Desert Ranges49 
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte1373Peninsular Southern California Ranges122 
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point1348Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain1320Mojave Desert Ranges92 
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope1317California Cascades5 
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point1310Mojave Desert Ranges100 
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark1292South Great Basin Ranges25 
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point1280Mojave Desert Ranges12 
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope1268Northern California Coast Range22 
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point1259Mojave Desert Ranges104 
108.King RangeKing Peak1246Northern California Coast Range64 
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark1243Mojave Desert Ranges19 
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain1238Central California Coast Ranges15 
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point1231Northern Baja California13 
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain1201Mojave Desert Ranges23 
113.HauserMorena Butte1195Peninsular Southern California Ranges124 
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point1193Mojave Desert Ranges14 
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point1180Mojave Desert Ranges13 
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point1171Mojave Desert Ranges32 
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point1170Peninsular Southern California Ranges14 
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point1163Peninsular Southern California Ranges164 
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark1150Mojave Desert Ranges19 
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain1146Northern California Coast Range4 
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak1126Mojave Desert Ranges103 
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point1116Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point1099Northern California Coast Range4 
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester1097Mojave Desert Ranges18 
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak1095Peninsular Southern California Ranges130 
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak1094Central California Coast Ranges11 
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point1082Peninsular Southern California Ranges40 
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point1031Mojave Desert Ranges1172015-12-29
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark1010Mojave Desert Ranges11 
130.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak996Central California Coast Ranges60 
131.GarciaPine Ridge975Central California Coast Ranges0 
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High974Northern California Coast Range18 
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge963Central California Coast Ranges16 
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains896Mojave Desert Ranges90 
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark880Mojave Desert Ranges14 
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark723Peninsular Southern California Ranges36 
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs722Northern California Coast Range16 
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point695West Great Basin Ranges22 
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark687Mojave Desert Ranges15 
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point658Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak658Peninsular Southern California Ranges18 
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point602Peninsular Southern California Ranges20 
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point553Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak536Peninsular Southern California Ranges21 
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark489Peninsular Southern California Ranges1 
146.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark449Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point436Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg429Northern California Coast Range141 
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point297Mojave Desert Ranges14 
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point267Peninsular Southern California Ranges0 
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point152Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
152.FarallonMaintop Island High Point68Central California Coast Ranges1 

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List Description

California has more wilderness areas than any other state--148--and they include areas in every major mountain range between Mexico and Oregon. Many famous peaks are on this list, but it also includes many "liners" near summits, where the summit area has a road or radio tower, forcing the wilderness boundary and high point to a random slope point.

Also, note that there are two wilderness areas in California that are closed to public entry. The first is the Fallaron Islands, and the second is the Rocks and Islands wilderness off the northern coast. This latter area is largely marine and I could not find any discernable high point on its tiny offshore rocks, so it is not listed here, making the list total 147.

There are also two wilderness areas (Havasu and Imperial Refuge) located parly in California and party in Arizona, and their high points are in Arizona. They are not on this list either--see the Arizona Wilderness High Point List on this site for these peaks.

Acknowledgments

A big thank you to Daryn Dodge, who researched many of these points and supplied a detailed Excel file that allowed me to easily update the preliminary list of 75 peaks that was here. Appreciate it, Daryn!

 


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