Jump to Map of List PeaksMethod: Clean | Average | OptimisticWinter Ascent Dates only (Help)Show List using Metric Units

California County High Points

Showing Mary Maki'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 Nevada10,07832062006-08-22
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07832062006-08-22
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71969732007-08-05
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942722014-08-20
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976213642005-06-29
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572712012-09-18
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942392013-08-04
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0912013-09-09
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges829416712006-11-16
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163532007-06-30
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31464822012-10-14
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges831923072007-07-15
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades522910402005-06-29
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622441852004-09-16
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521422011-07-19
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302572007-07-01
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9153272006-07-27
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683412010-07-28
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52032009-06-24
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51053272008-06-06
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada41962010-07-28
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48008042006-11-24
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4186002006-11-24
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges11851042010-07-27
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921572006-07-26
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101362011-07-15
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361572013-07-07
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01232009-06-26
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961632013-08-24
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961632013-08-24
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006852014-07-05
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141512013-07-07
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21602012010-06-05
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26133882009-04-14
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0652014-07-04
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472212010-05-15
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43876282007-12-20
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811552008-03-24
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062752008-02-16
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01242009-07-09
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532302008-01-19
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801442013-08-25
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802742007-07-08
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402472013-08-25
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310910532007-07-07
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10861592009-05-03
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20551 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges14041022014-05-24
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853792015-01-18
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226872014-05-24
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335742012-09-01
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712072009-05-02
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801122015-05-03
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592582007-07-06
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201522012-10-15
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24563142018-02-16
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501262010-04-30
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6284322007-07-07
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682532006-07-28

Front Runners List: Click to see list completion progress by climbers that log their climbs using

Multiple Ascents Grid: Click for a grid showing all of Mary Maki's ascents of peaks on this list (including up to 10 rounds of repeats).

Compare Climbers: Click to compare ascents of up to 5 climbers working on this list.

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

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.


Map Showing Location of Peaks

 = Peaks climbed by Mary Maki   = Unclimbed peaks

Click on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.

Click Here for a Full Screen Map

This page has been served 1324237 times since 2004-11-01.

Copyright © 1987-2021 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service