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California County High Points

Showing Dennis Poulin'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 Nevada10,07833752003-07-12
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07833752003-07-12
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges719610012002-09-14
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942812007-08-15
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976214341999-09-11
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572852007-08-12
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942512006-10-28
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0942005-08-18
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges829417892005-05-13
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163642004-06-02
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31464982004-07-03
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges831924822005-02-03
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades522910851999-08-07
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622444212004-09-06
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521502004-07-06
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302612004-05-29 a
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9153452003-07-19 b
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683552004-07-04
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52132009-07-11 a
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053492002-08-03
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42032004-07-04
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48008552004-09-03
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4186362004-09-03
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851082004-07-05 b
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921582004-07-04
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101402004-07-03
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361652004-06-25
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01242004-06-26
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961662004-06-26
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961662004-06-26
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006862004-06-25
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141572004-06-25
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602052005-04-01
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26134192004-03-06
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0662003-07-26
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472352004-05-15
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43876652004-03-01
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811572004-05-15
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062942004-02-29
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01252004-04-25
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532432004-03-03
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801512004-01-17 b
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802902004-02-07 e
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402582004-01-17 c
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310911752004-02-07 b
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10861662004-02-28
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20553 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14041072005-02-27
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853792004-12-06
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226902004-05-16
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335742006-03-04
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712152004-12-05
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801132004-04-24
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592732004-02-07 a
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201532004-12-05
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456342Unknown
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501272004-12-03
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6284612004-02-07 d
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682572004-01-18

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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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