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California County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782790
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,0782790
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges7196818
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894235
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621206
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada3957229
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894206
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada082
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941455
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1816310
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3146412
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83191989
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades5229894
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62243561
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352121
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330226
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915284
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada2068292
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada5182
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105291
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada4179
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800673
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418501
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges118597
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792150
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210126
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436144
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0117
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496152
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496152
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains200683
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514140
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160185
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613323
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains064
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447214
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387547
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481139
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206263
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0122
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53209
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80133
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges3080257
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range40218
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges3109895
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086142
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20539
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges140493
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185379
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22680
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33569
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges1671189
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680103
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range1959243
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges120145
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range2456259
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range332614
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050124
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges628388
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada168240

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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.

Acknowledgements

  • 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.

Links

     California County High Points

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       California County Summits (Suttle)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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