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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-Ft
(Opt)
Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Sheep MountainMount San Antonio10,064Transverse Ranges31362017-06-18 a
2.Sequoia-Kings CanyonMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232011-09-06
2.John MuirMount Whitney14,498Sequoia Sierra Nevada26232011-09-06
4.San Jacinto State WildernessSan Jacinto Peak10,839Peninsular Southern California Ranges1835 
5.San GorgonioSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499Transverse Ranges1298 
6.Mount ShastaMount Shasta14,162California Cascades1121 
7.Death ValleyTelescope Peak11,048West Great Basin Ranges590 
8.San GabrielWaterman Mountain8038Transverse Ranges5282017-10-20
9.CucamongaTelegraph Peak8985Transverse Ranges494 
10.ChumashSawmill Mountain8818Transverse Ranges4552017-10-23 b
11.Joshua TreeQuail Mountain5813Peninsular Southern California Ranges3342018-12-10 b
12.DesolationPyramid Peak9983Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada3222018-05-27
13.MokelumneRound Top10,381Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2962018-09-01
14.HooverMount Conness12,590Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada291 
15.Carson-IcebergSonora Peak11,459Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2872018-07-24 a
16.Golden TroutCirque Peak12,900Sequoia Sierra Nevada251 
17.Pleasant View RidgeMount Lewis8396Transverse Ranges246 
18.Granite ChiefGranite Chief9006Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada2432018-07-09 b
19.Owens PeakOwens Peak8453Southern Sierra Nevada240 
20.Ansel AdamsMount Ritter13,143Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada209 
20.South SierraOlancha Peak12,123Southern Sierra Nevada209 
20.SespeReyes Peak7514Transverse Ranges209 
23.EmigrantLeavitt Peak11,569Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada208 
24.VentanaJunipero Serra Peak5862Central California Coast Ranges202 
25.YosemiteMount Lyell13,114Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada191 
26.KiavahScodie Mountain7294Southern Sierra Nevada179 
27.Cahuilla MountainCahuilla Mountain5635Peninsular Southern California Ranges174 
28.Dick SmithBig Pine Mountain6840Transverse Ranges172 
29.MojaveClark Mountain7940Mojave Desert Ranges170 
30.Owens River HeadwatersSan Joaquin Mountain11,614Central Sierra Nevada1652018-07-25 c
31.Orocopia MountainsOrocopia Mountains High Point3815Peninsular Southern California Ranges164 
32.El Paso MountainsBlack Mountain5244Mojave Desert Ranges145 
33.Sheephole ValleySheep Hole Mountains High Point4613Mojave Desert Ranges142 
34.Snow MountainSnow Mountain7056Northern California Coast Range1412016-06-15
34.Phillip BurtonMount Wittenberg1407Northern California Coast Range1412018-12-29
36.Beauty MountainIron Spring Mountain5755Peninsular Southern California Ranges140 
37.San Mateo CanyonSan Mateo Peak3591Peninsular Southern California Ranges130 
38.HauserMorena Butte3960Peninsular Southern California Ranges124 
39.Chuckwalla MountainsBlack Butte4504Peninsular Southern California Ranges122 
40.Old Woman MountainsOld Woman Mountain5325Mojave Desert Ranges119 
41.Inyo MountainsWaucoba Mountain11,123West Great Basin Ranges118 
41.South WarnerEagle Peak9892Northwest Great Basin Ranges118 
41.Nopah RangeNopah Range High Point6394South Great Basin Ranges118 
44.Big Maria MountainsBig Maria Mountains High Point3381Mojave Desert Ranges117 
45.Avawatz MountainsAvawatz Peak6155Mojave Desert Ranges116 
46.Resting Spring RangeStewart Point5266South Great Basin Ranges115 
47.San RafaelSan Rafael Mountain6593Transverse Ranges114 
48.Kingston RangeKingston Peak7336Mojave Desert Ranges109 
49.John KrebsFlorence Peak12,432Sequoia Sierra Nevada107 
50.Whipple MountainsWhipple Mountains High Point4130Mojave Desert Ranges104 
51.Chemehuevi MountainsChemehuevi Peak3694Mojave Desert Ranges103 
52.Turtle MountainsTurtle Mountains High Point4331Mojave Desert Ranges100 
53.Dinkey LakesThree Sisters10,612Central Sierra Nevada94 
53.Manly PeakManly Peak7195West Great Basin Ranges94 
55.Palen/McCoyGranite Mountain4364Mojave Desert Ranges92 
56.Stepladder MountainsStepladder Mountains2940Mojave Desert Ranges90 
57.Yolla Bolly-Middle EelSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094Northern California Coast Range852017-10-28 a
58.Carrizo GorgeMount Tule4647Peninsular Southern California Ranges84 
59.Lassen VolcanicLassen Volcanic Wilderness High Point10,440California Cascades76 
60.Santa RosaToro Peak-North Summit8040Peninsular Southern California Ranges69 
61.KaiserKaiser Peak10,310Central Sierra Nevada64 
61.King RangeKing Peak4088Northern California Coast Range64 
63.PinnaclesSouth Chalone Peak3269Central California Coast Ranges60 
64.White MountainsWhite Mountains Wilderness High Point14,120West Great Basin Ranges50 
65.Thousand LakesCrater Peak8683California Cascades492017-09-27 a
65.Clipper MountainClipper Mountain4610Mojave Desert Ranges49 
67.Trinity AlpsThompson Peak8994Klamath Mountains41 
67.South Fork San JacintoSouth Fork San Jacinto Wilderness High Point5447Peninsular Southern California Ranges41 
69.Jennie LakesMitchell Peak10,365Sequoia Sierra Nevada40 
69.IbexIbex Peak4751West Great Basin Ranges40 
69.Otay MountainOtay Mountain Wilderness High Point3551Peninsular Southern California Ranges40 
72.Rodman MountainsRodman Mountains Wilderness High Point5280Mojave Desert Ranges39 
73.Fish Creek MountainsEagle Benchmark2371Peninsular Southern California Ranges36 
74.Newberry MountainsNewberry Mountains High Point5117Mojave Desert Ranges35 
75.Golden ValleyDome Mountain4974Mojave Desert Ranges34 
76.Marble MountainBoulder Peak8299Klamath Mountains32 
76.TrilobiteMarble Mountains High Point3842Mojave Desert Ranges32 
78.ChanchelullaChanchelulla Peak6401Northern California Coast Range30 
78.Bright StarBright Star Wilderness High Point6120Southern Sierra Nevada30 
80.Granite MountainGranite Mountain8920West Great Basin Ranges28 
81.Agua TibiaEagle Crag-Southeast Ridge5120Peninsular Southern California Ranges26 
82.South Nopah RangeNoon Benchmark4239South Great Basin Ranges25 
83.Malpais MesaMalpais Mesa High Point7731West Great Basin Ranges24 
83.Mecca HillsMecca Hills Wilderness High Point1814Peninsular Southern California Ranges24 
85.Mount LassicSignal Peak5876Northern California Coast Range23 
85.Black MountainBlack Mountain3939Mojave Desert Ranges23 
87.SiskiyouPreston Peak7309Klamath Mountains22 
87.YukiYuki Wilderness High Point6560Northern California Coast Range22 
87.South Fork Eel RiverCahto Peak-North Slope4200Northern California Coast Range22 
87.Saddle Peak HillsSaddle Peak Hills High Point2280West Great Basin Ranges22 
91.SanhedrinSanhedrin Wilderness High Point6160Northern California Coast Range21 
91.Darwin FallsDarwin Falls Wilderness High Point5699West Great Basin Ranges21 
91.Palo Verde MountainsPalo Verde Peak1800Peninsular Southern California Ranges21 
94.Chimney PeakChimney Peak7994Southern Sierra Nevada20 
94.Coyote MountainsCoyote Mountains Wilderness High Point1975Peninsular Southern California Ranges20 
96.RussianRussian Peak8190Klamath Mountains19 
96.Cleghorn LakesBald Benchmark4079Mojave Desert Ranges19 
96.Hollow HillsSilver Lake Benchmark3806Mojave Desert Ranges19 
99.Dead MountainsMount Manchester3600Mojave Desert Ranges18 
99.Cache CreekBrushy Sky High3196Northern California Coast Range18 
99.Indian PassQuartz Peak2200Peninsular Southern California Ranges18 
102.DomelandDomeland Wilderness High Point9724Southern Sierra Nevada17 
103.Funeral MountainsFuneral Mountains Wilderness High Point5360West Great Basin Ranges16 
103.Pahrump ValleyPahrump Valley Wilderness High Point5184Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.North Mesquite MountainsNorth Mesquite Mountains Wilderness High Point4701Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.Grass ValleyGrass Valley Wilderness High Point4681Mojave Desert Ranges16 
103.Santa LuciaHi Mountain-Southeast Ridge3200Central California Coast Ranges16 
103.Cedar RoughsCedar Roughs2368Northern California Coast Range16 
109.StatelineStateline Wilderness High Point4928Mojave Desert Ranges15 
109.Magic MountainMagic Mountain Wilderness High Point4705Transverse Ranges15 
109.Machesna MountainMachesna Mountain4063Central California Coast Ranges15 
109.Riverside MountainsRiverside 2 Benchmark2254Mojave Desert Ranges15 
113.Bristol MountainsOld Dad Mountains High Point3914Mojave Desert Ranges14 
113.Pinto MountainsPinto Mountains Wilderness High Point3880Peninsular Southern California Ranges14 
113.Rice ValleyWest Maria Benchmark2887Mojave Desert Ranges14 
113.Cadiz DunesCadiz Dunes Wilderness High Point974Mojave Desert Ranges14 
117.JacumbaJacumba Wilderness High Point4038Northern Baja California13 
117.Kelso DunesBristol Mountains High Point3904Mojave Desert Ranges13 
117.Little Chuckwalla MountainsLittle Chuckwalla Mountains High Point2200Peninsular Southern California Ranges13 
120.Piute MountainsPiute Mountains High Point4232Mojave Desert Ranges12 
120.Picacho PeakPicacho Peak Wilderness High Point1430Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
120.North Algodones DunesNorth Algodones Dunes Wilderness High Point520Peninsular Southern California Ranges12 
123.MesquiteKeany Benchmark-North Peak5413Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.Soda MountainsSoda Mountains High Point3661Mojave Desert Ranges11 
123.Silver PeakSilver Peak3590Central California Coast Ranges11 
123.Bigelow Cholla GardenBannock Benchmark3346Mojave Desert Ranges11 
127.Bighorn MountainBighorn Mountain Wilderness High Point7600Transverse Ranges10 
127.Castle CragsCastle Crags High Point7200Klamath Mountains10 
127.Bucks LakeMount Pleasant7200Northern Sierra Nevada10 
130.MonarchHogback Peak11,120Central Sierra Nevada9 
130.Piper MountainJuniper Benchmark-Northeast Slope8880West Great Basin Ranges9 
130.Sylvania MountainsSylvania Mountains Wilderness High Point7970West Great Basin Ranges9 
130.Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Mountains Wilderness High Point6000Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
130.Pine CreekPine Creek Wilderness High Point4424Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
130.Little PicachoMala Pais Benchmark1474Peninsular Southern California Ranges9 
136.Sacatar TrailSacatar Trail Wilderness High Point8880Southern Sierra Nevada8 
136.CaribouRed Cinder8375California Cascades8 
136.Surprise CanyonSurprise Canyon Wilderness High Point7770West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Coso RangeCoso Range Wilderness High Point7581West Great Basin Ranges8 
136.Lava BedsCallahan Flow5720California Cascades8 
141.San JacintoSan Jacinto Wilderness High Point9220Peninsular Southern California Ranges6 
142.Red ButtesRed Butte6739Klamath Mountains5 
142.IshiBarkley Mountain-West Slope4360California Cascades5 
144.Argus RangeArgus Range Wilderness High Point7760West Great Basin Ranges4 
144.MatilijaMatilija Wilderness High Point5938Transverse Ranges4 
144.Elkhorn RidgeBrush Mountain3761Northern California Coast Range4 
144.North ForkNorth Fork Wilderness High Point3607Northern California Coast Range4 
148.Great Falls BasinCrow Canyon Point4678West Great Basin Ranges1 
148.Buzzards PeakWell Benchmark1604Peninsular Southern California Ranges1 
148.FarallonMaintop Island High Point223Central California Coast Ranges1 
151.GarciaPine Ridge3240Central California Coast Ranges0 
151.Milpitas WashMilpitas Wash Wilderness High Point875Peninsular 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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