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California Wilderness High Points

Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (112 out of 147, or 76.19%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,495Sequoia Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1972-07-02
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges 
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1968-06-23
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1966-07-17
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada1968-05-18
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1988-08-20
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada1974-06-16
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada1966-06-19
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1985-07-04
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada1985-08-03
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1966-10-16
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1985-07-05
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges1969
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges1966-04-23
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1971-06-26
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades 
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1997-08-26
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada2013-07-08
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges1975-08-09
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1999-09-12
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges1983-07-03
27.DomelandBald Mountain-East Shoulder9360Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2000-09-09
29.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains2002-08-10
30.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges1975-09-14
31.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges1977-09-18
32.San JacintoTahquitz Peak8846Peninsular Southern California Ranges1980
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges1974-06-25
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades2001-07-15
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada1975-11-23
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges1971-08-28
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades 
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains2002-08-07
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains2002-08-11
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range2001-08-06
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges1974-09-01
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-02-20
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges1997-04-26
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges1967-02-04
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges1989-03-18
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges 
51.Bighorn MountainTip Top Mountain7623Transverse Ranges1982-06-05
52.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges1971
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges1968
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains2004-06-17
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada1977-02-06
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges1966-12-27
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada2002-06-23
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range1999-08-10
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges1987-04-12
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges1986-04-12
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range2014-05-26
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range2002-06-27
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges1967-03-04
67.SanhedrinBig Signal Peak-East Ridge6120Northern California Coast Range2002-07-27
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada2012-11-14
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 Ranges1996-05-04
73.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges1965-11-28
74.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges1987-02-21
75.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges 
76.Lava BedsLava Beds National Monument High Point5680California Cascades2012-07-03
77.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges1990-03-04
78.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-02-20
79.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges1968-02-26
80.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges2007-02-20
81.MesquiteMesquite Wilderness High Point5266Mojave Desert Ranges 
81.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges1976-12-12
83.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges1977-02-05
84.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-26
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-27
86.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges1995-03-25
87.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges1985
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges1992-01-02
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges 
90.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges1997-03-23
91.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges 
92.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-27
93.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges2012-11-15
94.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges2004-01-20
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges1965-05-10
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges1976-02-28
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges1971-12-04
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges1966-02-12
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades 
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges1969
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges2007-02-19
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges1996-12-15
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range2006-09-07
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges1968
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range1999-08-11
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges2009-03-04
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
110.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges1999-03-13
111.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-05-09
112.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges1990
113.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges1978-02-04
114.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges1966-03-19
115.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges2012-12-26
116.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges1966-03-05
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges1998-12-12
118.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range 
119.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges1975-02-16
120.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range 
121.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges1975-02-15
122.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Canyon Wilderness High Point3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-28
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain-South Ridge3480Peninsular Southern California Ranges2002-04-19
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges1968-01-27
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3281Mojave Desert Ranges1998-01-17
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 Ranges2012-10-21
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2927Mojave Desert Ranges1974-03-17
132.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges1999-01-24
133.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges1996-12-30
134.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range 
135.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges2012-11-26
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges1997-02-15
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges1996-12-23
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges2006-01-16
139.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-14
140.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-01-09
141.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges1982-12-05
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-15
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
144.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range2014-02-05
145.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges2012-12-25
146.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-13
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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