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California County High Points

Showing Al Sandorff's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (42 out of 58, or 72.41%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752010-08-21
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752010-08-21
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962012-08-04
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9762 
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572010-08-19
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02009-07-19
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162007-11-18
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31461996-07-06
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192010-07-31
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292000-08-06
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges6224 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302008-06-01
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152010-09-25
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682008-08-26
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52008-10-02
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42008-08-26
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002008-06-22
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182008-06-22
24.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1177 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922008-06-21
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102008-05-18
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362010-09-26
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02009-05-17
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962012-08-25
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962012-08-25
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142010-09-26
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 Ranges44472010-10-23
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872009-04-11
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812013-02-23
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02009-05-18
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802008-10-11
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802009-01-18
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402008-11-23
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092008-05-11
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3840Central California Coast Ranges10802009-08-15
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042009-04-26
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262009-02-01
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712009-01-18
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802009-04-18
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592008-03-16
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202009-06-06
55.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24512008-05-11
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502008-04-20
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282008-05-10
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682008-02-17

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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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