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California Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada3296
1.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada3296
3.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1379
4.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,080West Great Basin Ranges73
5.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada280
6.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada247
7.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada336
8.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada380
9.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada146
10.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada283
11.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada289
12.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,549Central Sierra Nevada232
13.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1726
14.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada359
15.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges170
16.MonarchHogback Peak11,080Central Sierra Nevada14
17.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges805
18.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges2386
19.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada129
20.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,400California Cascades96
21.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada400
22.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada47
23.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada80
24.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges4284
25.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada442
26.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges147
27.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada25
28.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges12
29.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada330
30.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak9002Klamath Mountains51
31.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges647
32.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges51
33.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8840West Great Basin Ranges17
33.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8840Southern Sierra Nevada8
35.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges620
36.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades55
37.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada320
38.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges311
39.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades12
40.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains36
41.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains27
42.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range106
43.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges667
44.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8000Peninsular Southern California Ranges85
45.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada29
46.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges10
47.MojaveClark Mountain7907Mojave Desert Ranges231
48.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges13
49.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges40
50.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7720West Great Basin Ranges4
51.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges12
52.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7560Transverse Ranges24
53.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges275
54.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges155
55.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains28
56.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada240
57.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains14
58.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges128
59.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7120Northern Sierra Nevada11
60.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range164
61.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6800Transverse Ranges202
62.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains8
63.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges147
64.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6520Northern California Coast Range28
65.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range36
66.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges163
67.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges156
68.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6120Northern California Coast Range30
69.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6080Southern Sierra Nevada30
70.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point5960Peninsular Southern California Ranges14
71.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges8
72.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range24
73.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges225
74.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges425
75.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges175
76.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges24
77.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5680California Cascades15
78.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges228
79.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges48
80.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5381Mojave Desert Ranges12
81.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges159
82.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5320West Great Basin Ranges29
83.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges166
84.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges200
85.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5240Mojave Desert Ranges48
86.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5151Mojave Desert Ranges17
87.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges44
88.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5080Peninsular Southern California Ranges33
89.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges51
90.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges17
91.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges63
92.Great Falls BasinGreat Falls Basin Wilderness High Point4720West Great Basin Ranges3
93.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges20
94.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges19
95.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges23
96.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges119
97.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges193
98.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4593Mojave Desert Ranges61
99.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges165
100.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges11
101.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4331Mojave Desert Ranges130
102.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4320California Cascades7
103.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4298Mojave Desert Ranges135
104.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges33
105.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4199Mojave Desert Ranges17
106.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4160Northern California Coast Range32
107.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges139
108.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range83
109.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges23
110.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges18
111.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California17
112.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges32
113.HauserMorena Butte3920Peninsular Southern California Ranges176
114.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges16
115.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3871Mojave Desert Ranges16
116.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges48
117.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3840Peninsular Southern California Ranges14
118.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges207
119.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3773Mojave Desert Ranges22
120.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4
121.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges135
122.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges18
123.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range6
124.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges22
125.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges180
126.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges17
127.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges57
128.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges153
129.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3314Mojave Desert Ranges12
130.HainHain Wilderness High Point3280Central California Coast Ranges8
131.GarciaPine Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges1
132.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range25
133.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3160Central California Coast Ranges23
134.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges122
135.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges19
136.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges48
137.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range17
138.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges25
139.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges18
140.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges22
140.Indian PassQuartz Peak2160Peninsular Southern California Ranges23
142.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges24
143.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges26
144.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1760Peninsular Southern California Ranges28
145.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges9
146.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges10
147.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges15
148.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range180
149.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges18
150.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular Southern California Ranges8
151.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point500Peninsular Southern California Ranges16
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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