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California County High Points

Showing Dean Molen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (38 out of 58, or 65.52%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782005-08-03
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782005-08-03
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962005-08-01
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97622004-07-03
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957 
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894 
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82942006-05-08
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18162004-06-02
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462004-06-05
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192004-08-01
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292004-07-05
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242006-05-06
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522004-07-06
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302004-05-29
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152005-07-29
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682004-07-08
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052004-07-04
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42004-07-08
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002004-07-29
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182004-07-29
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852004-07-07
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922004-07-07
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102004-06-04
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362004-08-05
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02005-07-30
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062005-09-24
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142004-08-05
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02007-06-23
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872004-07-31
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02004-08-05
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802008-08-21
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402008-08-20
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092004-12-05
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges1082 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges201 
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 Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712004-12-05
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802004-12-04
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592008-08-21
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202004-12-05
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322004-12-04
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502004-12-03
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282004-12-05
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682004-08-04

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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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