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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Dennis Poulin's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (104 out of 152, or 68.42%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada33742003-07-12
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada33742003-07-12
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades14341999-09-11
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges752014-07-19 b
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2852007-08-12
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada2512006-10-28
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada337 
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3842007-09-15
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada1492014-06-09
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada2912016-11-05
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2962010-09-20 b
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada2342014-07-24
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges17892005-05-13
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3642004-06-02
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges1742014-09-24
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada14 
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges8322005-08-19
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges24822005-02-03
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada132 
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades982016-10-08 b
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada4132008-06-20 b
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada47 
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada84 
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges44212004-09-06
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada4542006-09-24
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges1502004-07-06
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada25 
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3372004-05-29 b
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak9002Klamath Mountains562005-09-03
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges658 
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges522014-07-25
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges172014-06-12
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada10 
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges6362004-09-03
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades552005-07-30
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada3322013-11-04
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges3152015-04-25 b
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades122014-06-24 b
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains362005-08-06
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains272005-08-06
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range1072005-08-07
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges7012015-04-25 a
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges872014-12-09 c
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada30 
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges102014-06-13
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges2462006-01-22
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges17 
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges442014-01-04
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges9 
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges14 
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges30 
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges2822011-11-01 a
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges1622011-10-28
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains282005-09-24
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada2482013-11-03
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains142009-08-28
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges1362014-01-06
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada112014-07-27 b
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range1662004-06-26
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2052005-04-01
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains92003-09-27
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges154 
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range302014-11-09 g
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range372006-09-09
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges1732013-01-19
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges1622006-01-21
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range312014-11-09 e
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada302014-03-06
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges152015-01-21
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges8 
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range252014-11-08 b
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges2352004-05-15
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges4582011-03-04
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges181 
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges252014-01-05 a
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades152009-09-05 a
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges2392015-04-27
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges512015-04-26 c
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges13 
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges1652010-01-30
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges302015-02-20
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges1692006-01-25
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges2102014-03-07 a
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges502014-03-11 b
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges182015-02-18
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges502014-03-11 a
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges37 
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges572014-03-08
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges182014-04-10
91.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges692015-02-19
92.Great Falls BasinGreat Falls Basin Wilderness High Point4720West Great Basin Ranges9 
93.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges21 
94.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges192015-02-17
95.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges262014-03-10 b
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges1292015-01-22 a
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges2012010-01-31
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges642010-02-06
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges1732010-01-26
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges1372008-03-16
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades92014-06-23 c
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges1432011-02-16
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges352014-04-11 a
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges21 
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range322014-11-09 c
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges1482010-01-29
108.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range912005-04-30 a
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges242015-01-24 a
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges23 
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California19 
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges372014-03-10 c
113.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges1862015-01-20 c
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges17 
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges19 
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges51 
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges16 
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges2142010-01-23
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges23 
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4 
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges1462013-01-13
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges23 
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range62014-11-07 g
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges27 
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges1912015-01-19
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges20 
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges582015-01-20
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges1582010-01-27
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges14 
130.HainHain Wilderness High Point3280Central California Coast Ranges12 
131.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges2 
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range25 
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges272013-12-29 b
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges128 
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges22 
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges532015-01-23
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range18 
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges262014-04-11 b
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges22 
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges272014-12-06
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges292015-01-22 c
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges262014-12-09 a
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges30 
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
146.Little PicachoRidge Benchmark1523Peninsular Southern California Ranges7 
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges172014-12-08 b
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range1872014-11-12 b
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges202015-01-24 b
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges182014-12-08 a
152.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central California Coast Ranges1 

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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.

Finally, this list includes the high point of the State Wilderness Area in San Jacinto State Park, which is not a Nationally designated wilderness but deserves to be on this list.

Acknowledgments

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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