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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada3657
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada3657
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1512
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges77
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada314
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada265
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada361
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada445
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada160
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada301
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada324
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada253
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1912
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada383
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges180
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada19
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges874
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges2632
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada142
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades104
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada441
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada52
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada93
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges4640
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada476
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges156
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada26
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges13
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada365
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak9002Klamath Mountains67
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges693
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges55
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark - Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges19
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada10
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges661
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades58
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada344
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges336
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades13
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains39
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains31
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range113
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges749
44.Santa RosaToro Peak - North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges87
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada30
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges12
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges251
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges17
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges47
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges9
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges15
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges31
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges290
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges162
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains29
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada260
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains15
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges136
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada12
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range169
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges209
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains9
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges167
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range31
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range39
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges173
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges163
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range32
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada30
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges15
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges8
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range27
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges236
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges469
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges190
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges26
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades15
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges243
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges53
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark - North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges16
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges165
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges30
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges169
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges212
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges50
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges21
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges50
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag - Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges38
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges58
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges18
91.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges71
92.Great Falls BasinGreat Falls Basin Wilderness High Point4720West Great Basin Ranges9
93.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges22
94.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges22
95.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges27
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges129
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges202
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges64
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges173
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges13
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges140
102.IshiBarkley Mountain - West Slope4320California Cascades9
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges143
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges36
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges21
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak - North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range35
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges149
108.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range92
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges26
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges23
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California19
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges37
113.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges189
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges17
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges20
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges51
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges18
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges218
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges23
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range6
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges146
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges23
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range6
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges27
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges195
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges20
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges58
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges163
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges14
130.HainHain Wilderness High Point3280Central California Coast Ranges15
131.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges2
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range25
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain - Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges28
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges131
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges22
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges55
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range18
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges26
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges23
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges25
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges27
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges29
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges26
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges30
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges12
146.Little PicachoRidge Benchmark1523Peninsular Southern California Ranges7
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges17
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range199
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges20
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges13
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges19
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.

Finally, this list includes the high point of the State Wilderness Area in San Jacinto State Park, which is not a Nationally designated wilderness but deserves to be on this list.

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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