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California County High Points

Showing Coby King's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (57 out of 58, or 98.28%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07830781995-09-10
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07830781995-09-10
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71969262012-07-21
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942632010-06-26
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976213062007-06-09
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572642009-07-18
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942292008-07-11
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0902008-07-12
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges829415762009-06-27
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163452013-08-25
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31464702010-09-18
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192214 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52299922015-09-12
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622440162001-08-19
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521412011-08-14
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302532013-08-26
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9153152015-09-12
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683312014-08-23
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada51992010-09-19
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053102006-06-02
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada41942014-08-23
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48007652001-06-08
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4185672001-06-08
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851042011-08-15
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921562011-08-16
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101342013-08-24
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361512007-06-07
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01232005-08-01 a
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961582004-05-04
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961582004-05-04
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006842016-08-27 a
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141442006-06-01
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601992003-04-12
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26133802019-05-01 a
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0652016-08-28 a
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472192018-05-19
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43876152001-03-27
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811542014-08-21
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062742004-02-15
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01232005-07-31
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532302007-04-27
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801422014-09-26
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802672010-07-17
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402422018-09-07 b
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310910082003-06-27
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10861562015-01-19
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges205462015-01-19
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14041012017-11-20 a
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853792019-06-09
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226862016-08-20 a
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335732016-04-09
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712042011-11-20
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801122016-02-29
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592572003-03-16
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201512015-03-09
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24563072016-04-22
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501262013-12-04
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6284232002-10-18
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682482002-08-12

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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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