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California County High Points

Showing Greg Gerlach's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (41 out of 58, or 70.69%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782015-08-06 3x
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782015-08-06 3x
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962013-08-03 2x
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941984-08-23
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622011-07-02
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39571984-06-30
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941986-07-04
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942017-07-29 10
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162015-08-24
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461993-06-08
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192018-07-16 9x
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292016-09-21 a
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242015-10-01 45
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330 
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152018-09-10
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20681989-07-06
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052018-08-18 2x
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002015-10-11 3x
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182015-10-11 3x
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922018-09-12
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02017-08-05
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962017-05-07
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962017-05-07
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602013-06-21 2x
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132018-06-20 4x
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472018-10-23
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872013-05-24 2x
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812018-10-22 a
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062017-04-01 2x
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02018-02-24 b
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532014-11-08
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080 
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402017-05-12
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109 
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822018-01-13 c
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges2012018-01-13 d
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042018-01-15 a
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262018-01-14 d
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352018-02-09
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671 
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802018-02-25
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592018-02-26
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120 
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24562018-02-25
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322018-02-25
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502018-02-24
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282018-08-22 d
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682018-02-23

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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

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       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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