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California County High Points

Showing Daryn Dodge's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 58, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0832011-08-09 2x
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0832011-08-09 2x
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962013-05-25 2x
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942012-07-28 2x
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97721982-07-03
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39902017-07-29 2x
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada19262017-09-08 2x
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,060Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada402017-09-09
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942016-05-21
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18161989-06-20
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462010-06-19 2x
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83392015-04-19
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291989-09-24
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62442015-10-17
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43622014-08-16
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3502016-10-05
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9352009-08-21
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20882014-10-04 2x
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9060Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada252016-06-05
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51252012-07-22
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada242014-10-04
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002011-12-05
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4382011-12-05
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges12052014-08-15
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada28022013-06-25
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8185Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2452012-09-03
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362012-06-10
28.ButteButte County High Point7140Northern Sierra Nevada402014-01-19
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25162005-06-12
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range25162005-06-12
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20412016-06-25
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15342012-06-10
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6820Transverse Ranges22002016-07-02
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26332015-03-20
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6406Klamath Mountains122018-06-23
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472014-01-11
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43972015-03-28
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34912014-03-01
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22312015-11-12
40.YubaYuba County High Point4838Northern Sierra Nevada262012-05-13
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California702017-03-14
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4500Northern California Coast Range1202011-06-11
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4380Central California Coast Ranges31202013-03-09
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4220Northern California Coast Range802007-06-17
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31192013-04-13 2x
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges11022011-11-26
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges221Unknown
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14242016-02-27
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532015-02-01
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2462012-01-01
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352016-04-17
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16912014-12-07
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3140Northern California Coast Range7202004-06-13
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19692011-05-22
54.San MateoLong Ridge2620Central California Coast Ranges1602016-08-20
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2577Northern California Coast Range24622015-03-01
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2573Northern California Coast Range3531978-08-12
56.SutterSouth Butte2130Northern Sierra Nevada20632015-08-02
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson938Central California Coast Ranges6412013-02-17
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1782011-11-20

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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

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       California County Summits (Suttle)

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