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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2750
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada2750
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1163
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges55
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada224
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada203
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada272
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada310
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada116
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada230
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada223
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada187
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1408
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada297
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges137
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada9
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges624
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1947
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada103
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades78
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada317
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada43
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada65
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges3416
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada343
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges119
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada22
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges6
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada257
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains42
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges518
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges32
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges10
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada8
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges488
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades50
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada264
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges268
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades8
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains32
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains19
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range88
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges578
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges73
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada22
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges9
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges194
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges10
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges32
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges4
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges11
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges15
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges224
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges131
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains22
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada199
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains12
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges106
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada10
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range148
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges185
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains5
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges126
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range23
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range31
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges139
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges137
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range23
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada30
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges9
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges4
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range24
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges214
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges361
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges153
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges22
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades9
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges196
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges42
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges11
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges142
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges16
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges138
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges175
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges43
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges16
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges38
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges27
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges41
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges15
91.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges42
92.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges16
93.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges17
94.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges18
95.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point4678West Great Basin Ranges2
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges95
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges169
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges51
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges145
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges11
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges106
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades5
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges117
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges28
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges12
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range23
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges124
108.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range66
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges20
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges15
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California14
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges23
113.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges143
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges14
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges13
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges37
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges14
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges189
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges19
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges119
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges15
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range4
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges18
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges143
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges16
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges44
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges135
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges11
130.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges62
131.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges0
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range20
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges16
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges107
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges15
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges45
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range16
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges23
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges16
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges19
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges21
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges21
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges24
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges24
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges8
146.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges10
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges14
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range151
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges18
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges7
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges15
152.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central California Coast Ranges1

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List Description

California has more wilderness areas than any other state--148--and they include areas in every major mountain range between Mexico and Oregon. Many famous peaks are on this list, but it also includes many "liners" near summits, where the summit area has a road or radio tower, forcing the wilderness boundary and high point to a random slope point.

Also, note that there are two wilderness areas in California that are closed to public entry. The first is the Fallaron Islands, and the second is the Rocks and Islands wilderness off the northern coast. This latter area is largely marine and I could not find any discernable high point on its tiny offshore rocks, so it is not listed here, making the list total 147.

There are also two wilderness areas (Havasu and Imperial Refuge) located parly in California and party in Arizona, and their high points are in Arizona. They are not on this list either--see the Arizona Wilderness High Point List on this site for these peaks.

Acknowledgments

A big thank you to Daryn Dodge, who researched many of these points and supplied a detailed Excel file that allowed me to easily update the preliminary list of 75 peaks that was here. Appreciate it, Daryn!

 


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