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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft 
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,075
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,075
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9762
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges8319
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6224
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418
24.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1177
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range240
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109
46.AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat3840Central California Coast Ranges1080
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335
51.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120
55.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range2451
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168

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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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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.

Links

     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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