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California Wilderness High Points

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RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges3160 
2.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2660 
2.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2660 
4.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1857 
5.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1308 
6.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1131 
7.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges593 
8.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges531 
9.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges497 
10.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges461 
11.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges343 
12.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada325 
13.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada301 
14.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada296 
15.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada288 
16.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada254 
17.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges247 
18.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada245 
19.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada241 
20.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada211 
20.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada211 
22.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
23.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges209 
24.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges207 
25.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada193 
26.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada180 
27.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges176 
28.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges173 
28.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges173 
30.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada167 
31.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges166 
32.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges157 
33.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges146 
34.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges143 
34.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range143 
36.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range142 
37.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges134 
38.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges128 
39.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges125 
40.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges121 
40.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges121 
40.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges121 
43.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges120 
44.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges118 
44.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges118 
46.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges117 
47.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges114 
48.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges111 
49.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges109 
50.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada107 
51.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges105 
52.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges101 
53.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada94 
53.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges94 
55.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges93 
56.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges92 
57.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range85 
57.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges85 
59.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades76 
60.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges69 
61.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada64 
61.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range64 
63.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges60 
64.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges51 
65.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges50 
66.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades49 
67.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains41 
67.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
67.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
70.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada40 
70.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges40 
72.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges39 
73.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges37 
73.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges37 
75.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges35 
76.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges34 
77.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains32 
78.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range30 
78.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada30 
80.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges28 
81.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges27 
82.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges25 
82.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges25 
84.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
85.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range23 
85.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges23 
87.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains22 
87.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range22 
87.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range22 
87.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges22 
87.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges22 
92.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range21 
92.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges21 
94.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada20 
94.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges20 
96.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains19 
96.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges19 
96.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges19 
96.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges19 
100.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges18 
100.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range18 
102.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada17 
102.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges17 
104.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges16 
104.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges16 
104.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges16 
104.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges16 
104.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges16 
104.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range16 
104.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges16 
104.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges16 
104.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges16 
113.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges15 
113.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges15 
113.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges15 
116.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges14 
116.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges14 
116.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges14 
116.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges14 
120.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California13 
120.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges13 
120.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges13 
120.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
124.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges12 
124.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges12 
126.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges11 
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges11 
128.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges10 
128.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains10 
128.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada10 
131.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada9 
131.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges9 
131.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
131.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
131.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
136.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada8 
136.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades8 
136.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades8 
141.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges7 
142.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
142.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
144.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains5 
144.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades5 
146.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges4 
146.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges4 
146.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4 
146.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range4 
150.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point4678West Great Basin Ranges2 
151.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central California Coast Ranges1 
152.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges0 

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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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