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California County High Points

Showing Scott Surgent's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (33 out of 58, or 56.9%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781992-07-17
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0781992-07-17
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71962002-06-20
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades9762 
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 Ranges82942001-09-29
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816 
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31462002-06-21
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191993-05-30
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52292004-07-15
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242000-07-22
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302000-08-11 a
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152004-07-16
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068 
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5 
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105 
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4 
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002000-10-14 a
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182000-10-14 b
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102000-08-11 b
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362003-05-22
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-07-25
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-07-25
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142005-07-27
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602000-12-17
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132001-07-07
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472001-05-11
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872000-07-23
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812000-12-18
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062000-12-16
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California531999-12-19
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802003-05-25
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802000-12-19 a
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402001-12-21
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092001-12-20
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 Bielewski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712000-12-19 b
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592001-12-19 a
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202001-12-22
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456 
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3322000-12-20
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282000-12-19 c
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682001-12-18

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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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