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California County High Points

Showing Colin Gregory's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (19 out of 58, or 32.76%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.InyoMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07836912019-07-31
1.TulareMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada10,07836912019-07-31
3.MonoWhite Mountain Peak14,246West Great Basin Ranges71961081 
4.FresnoNorth Palisade14,242Central Sierra Nevada2894292 
5.SiskiyouMount Shasta14,162California Cascades97621523 
6.MaderaMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada39573162022-07-08
7.TuolumneMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada1894270 
8.MariposaParsons Peak - Northwest Ridge12,040Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada097 
9.San BernardinoSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges82941918 
10.AlpineSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada18163842020-10-31 c
11.El DoradoFreel Peak10,881Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada31465312020-08-01 a
12.RiversideSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges83192649 
13.ShastaLassen Peak10,457California Cascades52291182 
14.Los AngelesMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges62244673 
15.ModocEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges4352156 
16.AmadorThunder Mountain9410Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3302752019-09-06 b
17.TehamaBrokeoff Mountain9235California Cascades915370 
18.NevadaMount Lola9148Northern Sierra Nevada20683702020-06-13 a
19.PlacerMount Baldy - West Ridge9040Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada52212016-08-05 a
20.TrinityMount Eddy9025Klamath Mountains5105372 
21.SierraMount Lola - North Ridge Peak8844Northern Sierra Nevada42102020-06-13 b
22.VenturaMount Pinos8831Transverse Ranges4800894 
23.KernSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges418666 
24.LassenHat Mountain8745Northwest Great Basin Ranges1185112 
25.PlumasMount Ingalls8372Northern Sierra Nevada2792165 
26.CalaverasCorral Hollow Hill8170Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada210144 
27.GlennBlack Butte7448Northern California Coast Range2436173 
28.ButteButte County High Point7120Northern Sierra Nevada0129 
29.ColusaSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496169 
29.LakeSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range2496169 
31.HumboldtSalmon Mountain6956Klamath Mountains200692 
32.MendocinoAnthony Peak6954Northern California Coast Range1514164 
33.Santa BarbaraBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges2160209 
34.San DiegoHot Springs Mountain6533Peninsular Southern California Ranges2613451 
35.Del NorteBear Mountain - Del Norte County High Point6400Klamath Mountains071 
36.MontereyJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges4447236 
37.OrangeSantiago Peak5687Peninsular Southern California Ranges4387692 
38.San BenitoSan Benito Mountain5241Central California Coast Ranges3481160 
39.San Luis ObispoCaliente Mountain5106Central California Coast Ranges2206299 
40.YubaYuba County High Point4825Northern Sierra Nevada0129 
41.ImperialBlue Angels Peak4548Northern Baja California53256 
42.SonomaCobb Mountain - Southwest Peak4480Northern California Coast Range80156 
43.Santa ClaraCopernicus Peak4360Central California Coast Ranges30803032017-03-18 b
44.NapaMount Saint Helena - East Peak4200Northern California Coast Range402692020-11-14 d
45.Contra CostaMount Diablo3849Central California Coast Ranges310912642020-04-18 a
46.AlamedaDiscovery Peak3846Central California Coast Ranges1086170 
 Alameda or Challenger Peak3845Central California Coast Ranges20554 
47.StanislausMount Stakes3804Central California Coast Ranges1404107 
48.MercedLaveaga Peak3801Central California Coast Ranges1853792019-06-09
49.San JoaquinBoardman North3626Central California Coast Ranges22691 
50.KingsTable Mountain3473Central California Coast Ranges33574 
51.Santa CruzMount Bielawski3231Central California Coast Ranges16712252016-12-30
52.YoloLittle Blue Ridge3120Northern California Coast Range680114 
53.SolanoMount Vaca2819Northern California Coast Range19592772020-10-11 b
54.San MateoLong Ridge2600Central California Coast Ranges1201632019-08-25
55.MarinMount Tamalpais - West Peak2576Northern California Coast Range24563652022-01-22 c
56.SutterSouth Butte2120Northern Sierra Nevada2050129 
57.San FranciscoMount Davidson925Central California Coast Ranges6284862016-11-12 g
58.SacramentoCarpenter Benchmark828Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada1682652017-01-12

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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.


  • 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)

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