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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 Nevada10,0782011-08-09 2x
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782011-08-09 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 Cascades97621982-07-03
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572017-07-29 2x
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942017-09-08 2x
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada02017-09-09
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 Ranges83192015-04-19
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291989-09-24
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62242015-10-17
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43522014-08-16
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302016-10-05
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152009-08-21
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20682014-10-04 2x
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52016-06-05
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052012-07-22
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42014-10-04
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48002011-12-05
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4182011-12-05
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11852014-08-15
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27922013-06-25
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2102012-09-03
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24362012-06-10
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada02014-01-19
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-06-12
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24962005-06-12
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains20062016-06-25
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15142012-06-10
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602016-07-02
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26132015-03-20
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains02018-06-23
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472014-01-11
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43872015-03-28
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34812014-03-01
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062015-11-12
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada02012-05-13
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532017-03-14
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range802011-06-11
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802013-03-09
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402007-06-17
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31092013-04-13 2x
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3842Central California Coast Ranges10822011-11-26
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3841Central California Coast Ranges2012016-11-13
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14042016-02-27
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges18532015-02-01
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges2262012-01-01
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges3352016-04-17
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712014-12-07
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6802004-06-13
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592011-05-22
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1202016-08-20
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24562015-03-01
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3321978-08-12
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20502015-08-02
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6282013-02-17
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682011-11-20

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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

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       California County Summits (Suttle)

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