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California County High Points

Showing Karl Fieberling's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (41 out of 58, or 70.69%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752007
1.TulareMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0752007
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961995
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622003
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572012
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18941980
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada01990
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942014-03-31
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162013-08-03
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462010
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192013-07-13
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291967
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242012
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302013-11-15
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152014-05-23
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682009
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52013-06-14
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42009
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002010
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182009
24.LassenHat Mountain8737Northwest Great Basin Ranges1177 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922012
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102013-07-31
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436 
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02014-05-23
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 Ranges21602013-05-03
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132014-02-14
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472011
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872014-02-18
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812012
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062008
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532014-02-16
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801990
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802000
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range2402012
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31091970
46.AlamedaValpe Ridge-Rose Flat3840Central California Coast Ranges10802011
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042011
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 Ranges16712000
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959 
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202000
55.MarinMount Tamalpais2571Northern California Coast Range24512012
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6281990
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682012

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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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