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Central California Coast Ranges

Range TypePolitically-defined sub-range
Highest PointJunipero Serra Peak (5862 ft/1787 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area18,936 sq mi / 49,044 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent220 mi / 354 km North-South
189 mi / 304 km East-West
Center Lat/Long36° 31' N; 120° 49' W
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Map of Central California Coast Ranges
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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 California Coast Ranges.
Central and Southern California RangesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Central California Coast RangesLevel 4
                 Santa Cruz MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Gabilan RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Santa Lucia RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 Diablo RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 San Luis Obispo RangesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Temblor RangeLevel 5 (Child)
         Transverse RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Peninsular Southern California RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Central California Coast Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Junipero Serra Peak58621787Santa Lucia Range
2.Pinyon Peak52641604Santa Lucia Range
3.San Benito Mountain52411597Diablo Range
4.Santa Rita Peak51651574Diablo Range
5.Cone Peak51551571Santa Lucia Range
6.Caliente Mountain51061556San Luis Obispo Ranges
7.Chews Ridge50451538Santa Lucia Range
8.MIRA Observatory5000+1524+Santa Lucia Range
9.Condon Peak49701515Diablo Range
10.South Ventana Cone49651513Santa Lucia Range
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 NameftmRange5
1.Junipero Serra Peak58621787Santa Lucia Range
2.San Benito Mountain52411597Diablo Range
3.Caliente Mountain51061556San Luis Obispo Ranges
4.McKittrick Summit43321320Temblor Range
5.Loma Prieta37861154Santa Cruz Mountains
6.Mount Johnson34651056Gabilan Range



Photos of Peaks in the Central California Coast Ranges

Junipero Serra Peak
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Junipero Serra Peak from the Santa Lucia Trail (2015-01-17). Photo by David Sklansky.
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San Benito Mountain
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Looking out at San Benito Mountain from the summit of San Carlos Peak (2015-04-01). Photo by Jobe Wymore.
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Cone Peak
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Cone Peak from nearby Twin Peak (2015-10-23). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Caliente Mountain
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Caliente Mtn out in the middle of the (dry) Wild Wild West. (2015-10-03). Photo by Jobe Wymore.
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MIRA Observatory
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MIRA Observatory: Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (2015-10-23). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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South Ventana Cone
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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. The summit is behind the ridge on the right. The trail is visible as a horizontal line, crossing a slide in the center (2016-03-23). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Loma Atravesada
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Loma Atravesada is the peak on the left. The climb goes cross-country from right to left in this picture (2016-04-15). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Mount Hamilton
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Mount Hamilton as seen from San Jose, CA (2015-12-30). Photo by Scott Bordelon.
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Joaquin Rocks
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The steep southwest faces of Joaquin Rocks. The center one is tallest. The northeast sides are smooth slabs that are visible from Interstate 5 (2016-04-15). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Mount Stakes
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Witness marker found near the top of Mount Stakes. Looks like some bird had a good aim! Let the Easter egg hunt begin (2015-04-04). Photo by Jobe Wymore.
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