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California County High Points

Showing Grant Myers's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (16 out of 58, or 27.59%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752001-06-19
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752001-06-19
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962006-09-08
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942009-09-07
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622006-06-11
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572009-09-09
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942009-04-06
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462009-09-10
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192009-04-05
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292005-08-31
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242009-04-04
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522009-09-04
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 Mountains51052006-09-04
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002010-04-19
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 Ranges44472010-04-20
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872010-04-18
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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