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California Wilderness High Points

Showing John Vitz's first Winter ascent dates for climbed peaks (50 out of 147, or 34.01%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada 
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades 
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,120West 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.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,614Central Sierra Nevada 
12.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass 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 Peak11,120Central 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 Point10,440California 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.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada 
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada 
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains 
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges 
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges 
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8880West Great Basin Ranges 
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8880Southern 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.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8040Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-02-20
44.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges 
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges 
47.MojaveClark Mountain7940Mojave Desert Ranges1967-02-04
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges 
49.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7760West Great Basin Ranges 
50.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges1989-03-18
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 Ranges2002-03-09
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains 
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada1977-02-06
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains 
57.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7200Northern Sierra Nevada 
59.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges1966-12-27
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range 
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges 
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains 
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6560Northern California Coast Range 
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range 
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges1967-03-04
67.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6160Northern California Coast Range 
68.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6120Southern Sierra Nevada 
69.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point6000Peninsular 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 Ranges1987-02-21
75.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5720California Cascades 
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges 
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.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5413Mojave Desert Ranges2015-03-18
80.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5360West Great Basin Ranges2007-02-20
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges1968-02-26
82.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5280Mojave Desert Ranges 
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges 
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges1977-02-05
85.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5184Mojave Desert Ranges 
86.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5120Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges 
88.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges1992-01-02
89.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges2015-02-26
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 Ranges2004-01-20
95.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges2001-02-21
96.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4610Mojave Desert Ranges1976-02-28
97.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges1990-02-11
98.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
99.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4364Mojave Desert Ranges1966-02-12
100.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4360California Cascades 
101.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4331Mojave Desert Ranges1994-02-13
102.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges2007-02-19
103.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4232Mojave Desert Ranges 
104.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4200Northern California Coast Range 
105.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges2001-02-24
106.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range 
107.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges2009-03-04
108.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges 
109.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California 
110.HauserMorena Butte3960Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
111.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges1999-03-13
112.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges1981-03-13
113.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3904Mojave Desert Ranges1978-02-04
114.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3880Peninsular Southern California Ranges2012-12-26
115.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges1966-03-19
116.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges1966-03-05
117.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3806Mojave Desert Ranges 
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 Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges2013-02-28
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges 
124.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-05
125.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges1968-01-27
126.Bigelow Cholla GardenSacramento Mountains High Point3346Mojave Desert Ranges1998-01-17
127.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges 
128.GarciaPine Ridge3240Central California Coast Ranges 
129.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges 
130.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range 
131.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave 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 Ranges 
136.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges1997-02-15
137.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2200Peninsular Southern California Ranges1996-12-23
137.Indian PassQuartz Peak2200Peninsular 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 Peak1800Peninsular Southern California Ranges 
142.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-15
143.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges2015-01-06
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 Point520Peninsular Southern California Ranges2014-01-13
147.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central 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.


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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