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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Matt Varney's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 152, or 1.97%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232014-08-21
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232014-08-21
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades11212011-07-30
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges50 
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada209 
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada191 
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada251 
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada291 
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada107 
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada209 
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada208 
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada165 
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1298 
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada286 
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges118 
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada9 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges590 
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1835 
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada94 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades76 
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada296 
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada40 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada64 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges3135 
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada322 
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges118 
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada17 
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada242 
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains41 
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges494 
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges28 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges9 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada8 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges455 
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades49 
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada240 
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges246 
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades8 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains32 
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains19 
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range85 
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges528 
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges69 
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada20 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges9 
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges170 
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges8 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges24 
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges4 
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges8 
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges10 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges209 
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges109 
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains22 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada179 
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains10 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges94 
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada10 
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range141 
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges172 
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains5 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges114 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range22 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range30 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges118 
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges116 
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range21 
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada30 
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges4 
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range23 
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges202 
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges334 
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges140 
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges21 
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades8 
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges173 
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges11 
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges119 
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges16 
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges115 
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges145 
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges39 
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges16 
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges35 
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges26 
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges34 
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges15 
91.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges40 
92.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges15 
93.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges16 
94.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges16 
95.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point4678West Great Basin Ranges1 
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges84 
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges142 
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges49 
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges122 
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges91 
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades5 
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges100 
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges25 
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges12 
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range22 
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges104 
108.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range64 
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges19 
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges15 
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California13 
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges23 
113.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges124 
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges14 
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges13 
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges32 
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges14 
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges164 
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges19 
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4 
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges103 
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range4 
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges18 
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges130 
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges11 
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges40 
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges117 
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges11 
130.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges60 
131.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges0 
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range18 
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges16 
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges90 
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges14 
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges36 
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range16 
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges22 
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges15 
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges18 
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges20 
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges21 
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges1 
146.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range141 
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges14 
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges0 
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
152.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central 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.


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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