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Central and Southern California Ranges

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointSan Gorgonio Mountain (11,499 ft/3505 m)
CountriesUnited States (98%), Mexico (2%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesCalifornia (98%), Baja California (2%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area46,875 sq mi / 121,406 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent396 mi / 637 km North-South
455 mi / 732 km East-West
Center Lat/Long35° 15' N; 119° 60' W
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Map of Central and Southern California Ranges
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Central and Southern California Ranges.
Pacific RangesLevel 2 (Parent)
         Northwest Coast IslandsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Coast MountainsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northwest U.S. Coast RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Central and Southern California RangesLevel 3
                 Central California Coast RangesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Transverse RangesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Peninsular Southern California RangesLevel 4 (Child)
         Baja CaliforniaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Cascade RangeLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Sierra NevadaLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Central and Southern California Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.San Gorgonio Mountain11,4993505Transverse Ranges
2.Jepson Peak11,2053415Transverse Ranges
3.Big Draw Peak11,1713405Transverse Ranges
4.Bighorn Mountain10,9973352Transverse Ranges
5.Dragons Head10,8663312Transverse Ranges
6.Anderson Peak10,840+3304+Transverse Ranges
7.San Jacinto Peak10,8393304Peninsular Southern California Ranges
8.Charlton Peak10,8063294Transverse Ranges
9.San Bernardino East Peak10,6913259Transverse Ranges
10.Shields Peak10,680+3255+Transverse Ranges
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.San Gorgonio Mountain11,4993505Transverse Ranges
2.San Jacinto Peak10,8393304Peninsular Southern California Ranges
3.Junipero Serra Peak58621787Central California Coast Ranges



Photos of Peaks in the Central and Southern California Ranges

San Gorgonio Mountain
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From the South Fork Trail at Poop Out Hill (2011-06-22). Photo by Joseph Esparza.
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Jepson Peak
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Jepson Peaks East Face (2011-03-12). Photo by Mark McCormick.
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Dragons Head
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The precipitous south face of Dragons Head is perhaps the most rugged spot in Southern California. (2013-06-29). Photo by Nathan Leroy.
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San Jacinto Peak
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Troy Nichols at the summit of Mount San Jacinto. Photo by Troy Nichols.
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Jean Peak
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The white granite summit of Jean Peak, second highest in the San Jacintos (2015-08-02). Photo by Nathan Leroy.
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San Bernardino Peak
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San Bernardino Peak summit (2015-09-28). Photo by Nathan Leroy.
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Miller Peak
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The insignificant summit of Miller Peak is marked by a fancy plaque (2015-08-02). Photo by Nathan Leroy.
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Mount San Antonio
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Mt. Baldy from Cucamunga Peak (2013-07-14). Photo by Mark McCormick.
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West Baldy
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Mt. Baldy from Cucamunga Peak (2013-07-14). Photo by Mark McCormick.
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Peak 9971
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North side of San Gorgonio from Peak 9971 along the Ten Thousand Foot Ridge (2014-10-21). Photo by Fred Hanson.
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