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California County High Points

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 58, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07829101986-06-20
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07829101986-06-20
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71968661995-07-10
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942492000-08-18
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976212491994-07-01
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572501999-10-03
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942142001-08-18
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0862000-09-10
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges829414921991-07-17
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163252001-08-16 15
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31464382001-08-15
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges831920421992-10-19
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52299401986-07-05
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622436801991-07-16
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521261995-07-13
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302362002-06-20
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152982000-07-14
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683172001-08-14 17
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada51932009-08-21
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053032000-07-13
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada41892001-08-14 18
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48007091997-10-12 09
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4185291997-10-12 11
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851001995-07-12
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921532001-08-14 12
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101302002-06-20
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361491995-07-22 15
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01212001-08-13
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961542001-10-07
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961542001-10-07
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006841995-07-21
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141441995-07-22 13
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601871999-02-27
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26133321993-10-16
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0651995-07-20
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472171999-02-25
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43875581994-10-08
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811401999-11-26
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062631999-02-26
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01222000-07-15
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532131994-11-24
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801352001-10-06 17
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802581999-11-27 16
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402242001-01-28
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31099191995-07-23
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10861422001-03-30
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20539 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404942001-04-01
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853791999-11-28
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226802001-03-31
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335691999-02-26
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16711911999-11-27 13
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801042001-10-06 11
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592472001-01-26
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201452001-01-27
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456269Unknown
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3326272001-01-26
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501262001-12-15 15
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6283982001-01-27
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682442001-12-16 15

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List Description

There are 58 counties in California, and their high points reflect the tremendous variety of the Golden State. The top of the list is dominated by the high peaks in the Sierra Nevada, plus the two 14,000-foot non-Sierra peaks in the state, Shasta and White Montain Peak. From the deserts a few miles from the Mexcian border, to deeply forested coastal hills in the state's northwest corner, to lonely and remote summits along the central coast, to the urban parks of the Bay Area, there is something for almost anyone on this list.

North Palisade, by consensus, is the most difficult climb technically on this list as a class 4 scramble. However, a number of lower peaks are on private land where you need to arrange for access.


  • By 1990 I had determined several of these high points by personal research.
  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled by Dinesh Desai, with generous help from Joy Desai, Bill Hauser, John Sarna, and Gary Suttle.
  • Book California County Summits by Garry Suttle (see link below).
  • In September, 2008, Jerry Brekhus of Montana determined the new Placer County high point, long thought to be Granite Chief Mountain.


     California County High Points

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       California County Summits (Suttle)

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