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California County High Points

Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (45 out of 58, or 77.59%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781963-09-24
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781963-09-24
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28941972
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621973-07
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941971
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02016-08-12
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges8294 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162014-08-21
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462015-06-17
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192012-06-19
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292009-07
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242015-06-20 a
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302015-06-06 a
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152015-06-14
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682014-09-18 a
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52015-06-07 a
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052015-06-13
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42014-09-18 b
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002012-06-21
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182012-06-21
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852015-06-11
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922009-07
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102015-06-05
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362014-09-15 c
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02014-09-16 b
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962015-03-29
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962015-03-29
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142014-09-16 a
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132003-03-21
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 Ranges34812015-04-01 b
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062015-04-08
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02014-09-17
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532003-03-21
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802015-03-28 b
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802015-03-25 c
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402015-03-30 b
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092014-08-22
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1082 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges  
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042015-04-04
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262015-04-03 a
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712015-03-25 a
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802015-03-31
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592014-09-15 b
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202016-08-20
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322014-08-23
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502015-03-26 b
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6281972
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682014-09-15 a

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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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