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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 Nevada10,07828322006-08-22
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07828322006-08-22
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71968332007-08-05
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada28942382014-08-20
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades976212252005-06-29
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39572382012-09-18
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada18942102013-08-04
8.MariposaParsons Peak-Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada0822013-09-09
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges829414692006-11-16
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163172007-06-30
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31464252012-10-14
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges831920062007-07-15
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52299082005-06-29
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges622435872004-09-16
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges43521242011-07-19
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302302007-07-01
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades9152892006-07-27
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683022010-07-28
19.PlacerMount Baldy-West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada51852009-06-24
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains51052962008-06-06
21.SierraMount Lola-North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada41842010-07-28
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges48006832006-11-24
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4185092006-11-24
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185972010-07-27
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada27921532006-07-26
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2101282011-07-15
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range24361442013-07-07
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada01192009-06-26
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961512013-08-24
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range24961512013-08-24
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains2006842014-07-05
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range15141402013-07-07
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges21601862010-06-05
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges26133232009-04-14
35.Del NorteBear Mountain-Del Norte CoHP6400Klamath Mountains0652014-07-04
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges44472142010-05-15
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges43875522007-12-20
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges34811402008-03-24
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges22062632008-02-16
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada01222009-07-09
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California532092008-01-19
42.SonomaCobb Mountain-Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range801342013-08-25
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30802562007-07-08
44.NapaMount Saint Helena-East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402212013-08-25
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges31099032007-07-07
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges10861422009-05-03
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20539 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404932014-05-24
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853792015-01-18
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges226802014-05-24
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges335692012-09-01
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16711892009-05-02
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range6801032015-05-03
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592442007-07-06
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201452012-10-15
55.MarinMount Tamalpais-West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24562642018-02-16
 Marin or Mount Tamalpais-East Peak2572Northern California Coast Range3326202007-07-07
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada20501252010-04-30
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6283932007-07-07
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682412006-07-28

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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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