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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges
27.DomelandBald Mountain-East Shoulder9360Southern Sierra Nevada
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges
67.SanhedrinBig Signal Peak-East Ridge6120Northern California Coast Range
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada
69.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges
70.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges
71.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range
72.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges
76.Lava BedsLava Beds National Monument High Point5680California Cascades
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges
79.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges
80.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges
81.MesquiteMesquite Wilderness High Point5266Mojave Desert Ranges
81.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges
90.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California
110.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges
111.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges
112.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges
113.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges
114.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges
115.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges
116.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Canyon Wilderness High Point3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain-South Ridge3480Peninsular Southern California Ranges
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3281Mojave Desert Ranges
127.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges
128.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges
129.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range
130.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2927Mojave Desert Ranges
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges
133.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges
134.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range
135.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges
139.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges
140.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges
141.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges
144.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range
145.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges
146.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges
147.FarallonFarallon Islands Wilderness High Point260Central California Coast Ranges

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List Description

California has more wilderness areas than any other state--148--and they include areas in every major mountain range between Mexico and Oregon. Many famous peaks are on this list, but it also includes many "liners" near summits, where the summit area has a road or radio tower, forcing the wilderness boundary and high point to a random slope point.

Also, note that there are two wilderness areas in California that are closed to public entry. The first is the Fallaron Islands, and the second is the Rocks and Islands wilderness off the northern coast. This latter area is largely marine and I could not find any discernable high point on its tiny offshore rocks, so it is not listed here, making the list total 147.

There are also two wilderness areas (Havasu and Imperial Refuge) located parly in California and party in Arizona, and their high points are in Arizona. They are not on this list either--see the Arizona Wilderness High Point List on this site for these peaks.

Acknowledgments

A big thank you to Daryn Dodge, who researched many of these points and supplied a detailed Excel file that allowed me to easily update the preliminary list of 75 peaks that was here. Appreciate it, Daryn!

 


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