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California County High Points

Showing Jason Riggio's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (40 out of 58, or 68.97%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07837452015-09-13
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07837452015-09-13
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges719610922012-09-09
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894293 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621580 
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39573182018-09-23
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894273 
8.MariposaParsons Peak - Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0972016-09-11
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941944 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163832019-08-11 b
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31465352016-08-14
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192686 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades522912082015-08-24
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622447312014-06-17
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521572017-07-29
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302782016-07-24
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9153772018-11-18
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683752018-06-24 a
19.PlacerMount Baldy - West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52212017-11-18 a
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053752018-08-05
21.SierraMount Lola - North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42122018-06-24 b
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800906 
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418673 
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851122017-07-30
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921662018-05-28 a
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101442018-07-01
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361732019-06-09 a
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01292018-05-28 b
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961742016-06-25
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961742016-06-25
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains200692 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141642019-06-09 b
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160213 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26134642018-12-03
35.Del NorteBear Mountain - Del Norte County High Point6400Klamath Mountains071 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447238 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387715 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811602017-12-28
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206312 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01292016-05-30
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532562018-10-20
42.SonomaCobb Mountain - Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801562018-07-21 b
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30803082016-05-22
44.NapaMount Saint Helena - East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402792016-11-05
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310913022014-04-27
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086171 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20554 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404108 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges185379 
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22692 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33574 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712272017-10-08
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801142019-03-24
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592832017-03-04
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201632019-10-19
55.MarinMount Tamalpais - West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24563822018-08-14
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501292020-04-25
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6285082017-02-17
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682662018-02-07

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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)

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


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