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California Wilderness High Points

Showing Jim Doyle's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (15 out of 152, or 9.87%)

RankWildernessPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio3068Transverse Ranges31352017-06-18 a
2.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232011-09-06
2.John MuirMount Whitney4419Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232011-09-06
4.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak3304Peninsular Southern California Ranges1835 
5.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain3505Transverse Ranges1298 
6.Mount ShastaMount Shasta4317California Cascades1121 
7.Death ValleyTelescope Peak3367West Great Basin Ranges590 
8.San GabrielWaterman Mountain2450Transverse Ranges5282017-10-20
9.CucamongaTelegraph Peak2739Transverse Ranges494 
10.ChumashSawmill Mountain2688Transverse Ranges4552017-10-23 b
11.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain1772Peninsular Southern California Ranges3342018-12-10 b
12.DesolationPyramid Peak3043Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3222018-05-27
13.MokelumneRound Top3164Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2962018-09-01
14.HooverMount Conness3837Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada291 
15.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak3493Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2862018-07-24 a
16.Golden TroutCirque Peak3932Sequoia Sierra Nevada251 
17.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis2559Transverse Ranges246 
18.Granite ChiefGranite Chief2745Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2422018-07-09 b
19.Owens PeakOwens Peak2576Southern Sierra Nevada240 
20.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter4006Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada209 
20.South SierraOlancha Peak3695Southern Sierra Nevada209 
20.SespeReyes Peak2290Transverse Ranges209 
23.EmigrantLeavitt Peak3526Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada208 
24.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak1787Central California Coast Ranges202 
25.YosemiteMount Lyell3997Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada191 
26.KiavahScodie Mountain2223Southern Sierra Nevada179 
27.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain1718Peninsular Southern California Ranges173 
28.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain2073Transverse Ranges172 
29.MojaveClark Mountain2410Mojave Desert Ranges170 
30.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain3520Central Sierra Nevada1652018-07-25 c
31.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point1163Peninsular Southern California Ranges164 
32.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain1598Mojave Desert Ranges145 
33.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point1406Mojave Desert Ranges142 
34.Snow MountainSnow Mountain2151Northern California Coast Range1412016-06-15
34.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg429Northern California Coast Range1412018-12-29
36.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain1754Peninsular Southern California Ranges140 
37.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak1095Peninsular Southern California Ranges130 
38.HauserMorena Butte1195Peninsular Southern California Ranges124 
39.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte1373Peninsular Southern California Ranges122 
40.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain1623Mojave Desert Ranges119 
41.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain3390West Great Basin Ranges118 
41.South WarnerEagle Peak3015Northwest Great Basin Ranges118 
41.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point1949South Great Basin Ranges118 
44.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point1031Mojave Desert Ranges117 
45.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak1876Mojave Desert Ranges116 
46.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point1605South Great Basin Ranges115 
47.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain2010Transverse Ranges114 
48.Kingston RangeKingston Peak2236Mojave Desert Ranges109 
49.John KrebsFlorence Peak3789Sequoia Sierra Nevada107 
50.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point1259Mojave Desert Ranges104 
51.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak1126Mojave Desert Ranges103 
52.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point1310Mojave Desert Ranges100 
53.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters3235Central Sierra Nevada94 
53.Manly PeakManly Peak2193West Great Basin Ranges94 
55.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain1320Mojave Desert Ranges91 
56.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains896Mojave Desert Ranges90 
57.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain2467Northern California Coast Range852017-10-28 a
58.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule1416Peninsular Southern California Ranges84 
59.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point3170California Cascades76 
60.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit2438Peninsular Southern California Ranges69 
61.KaiserKaiser Peak3142Central Sierra Nevada64 
61.King RangeKing Peak1246Northern California Coast Range64 
63.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak996Central California Coast Ranges60 
64.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point4292West Great Basin Ranges50 
65.Thousand LakesCrater Peak2647California Cascades492017-09-27 a
65.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain1400Mojave Desert Ranges49 
67.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak2741Klamath Mountains41 
67.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point1660Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
69.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak3159Sequoia Sierra Nevada40 
69.IbexIbex Peak1448West Great Basin Ranges40 
69.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point1082Peninsular Southern California Ranges40 
72.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point1597Mojave Desert Ranges39 
73.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark723Peninsular Southern California Ranges36 
74.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point1560Mojave Desert Ranges35 
75.Golden ValleyDome Mountain1516Mojave Desert Ranges34 
76.Marble MountainBoulder Peak2530Klamath Mountains32 
76.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point1171Mojave Desert Ranges32 
78.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak1951Northern California Coast Range30 
78.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point1853Southern Sierra Nevada30 
80.Granite MountainGranite Mountain2719West Great Basin Ranges28 
81.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge1548Peninsular Southern California Ranges26 
82.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark1292South Great Basin Ranges25 
83.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point2356West Great Basin Ranges24 
83.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point553Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
85.Mount LassicSignal Peak1791Northern California Coast Range23 
85.Black MountainBlack Mountain1201Mojave Desert Ranges23 
87.SiskiyouPreston Peak2228Klamath Mountains22 
87.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point1987Northern California Coast Range22 
87.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope1268Northern California Coast Range22 
87.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point695West Great Basin Ranges22 
91.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point1865Northern California Coast Range21 
91.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point1737West Great Basin Ranges21 
91.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak536Peninsular Southern California Ranges21 
94.Chimney PeakChimney Peak2437Southern Sierra Nevada20 
94.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point602Peninsular Southern California Ranges20 
96.RussianRussian Peak2496Klamath Mountains19 
96.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark1243Mojave Desert Ranges19 
96.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark1150Mojave Desert Ranges19 
99.Dead MountainsMount Manchester1097Mojave Desert Ranges18 
99.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High974Northern California Coast Range18 
99.Indian PassQuartz Peak658Peninsular Southern California Ranges18 
102.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point2964Southern Sierra Nevada17 
103.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point1622West Great Basin Ranges16 
103.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point1570Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point1433Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point1427Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge963Central California Coast Ranges16 
103.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs722Northern California Coast Range16 
109.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point1502Mojave Desert Ranges15 
109.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point1434Transverse Ranges15 
109.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain1238Central California Coast Ranges15 
109.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark687Mojave Desert Ranges15 
113.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point1193Mojave Desert Ranges14 
113.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point1170Peninsular Southern California Ranges14 
113.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark880Mojave Desert Ranges14 
113.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point297Mojave Desert Ranges14 
117.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point1231Northern Baja California13 
117.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point1180Mojave Desert Ranges13 
117.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point658Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
120.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point1280Mojave Desert Ranges12 
120.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point436Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
120.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point152Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
123.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak1640Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point1116Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak1094Central California Coast Ranges11 
123.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark1010Mojave Desert Ranges11 
127.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point2304Transverse Ranges10 
127.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point2195Klamath Mountains10 
127.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant2170Northern Sierra Nevada10 
130.MonarchHogback Peak3377Central Sierra Nevada9 
130.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope2694West Great Basin Ranges9 
130.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point2429West Great Basin Ranges9 
130.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point1817Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
130.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point1348Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
130.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark449Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
136.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point2694Southern Sierra Nevada8 
136.CaribouRed Cinder2553California Cascades8 
136.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point2368West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point2311West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Lava BedsCallahan Flow1731California Cascades8 
141.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point2810Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
142.Red ButtesRed Butte2054Klamath Mountains5 
142.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope1317California Cascades5 
144.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point2353West Great Basin Ranges4 
144.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point1810Transverse Ranges4 
144.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain1146Northern California Coast Range4 
144.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point1099Northern California Coast Range4 
148.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point1426West Great Basin Ranges1 
148.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark489Peninsular Southern California Ranges1 
148.FarallonMaintop Island High Point68Central California Coast Ranges1 
151.GarciaPine Ridge975Central California Coast Ranges0 
151.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point267Peninsular Southern California Ranges0 

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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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