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Chocolate Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointBlack Butte (4504 ft/1373 m)
CountriesUnited States (187%), Mexico (13%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesCalifornia (93%), Baja California (7%), Arizona (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area4,649 sq mi / 12,042 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent84 mi / 135 km North-South
94 mi / 152 km East-West
Center Lat/Long33° 9' N; 115° 16' W
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Map of Chocolate Mountains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Chocolate Mountains.
Peninsular Southern California RangesLevel 4 (Parent)
         Santa Ana MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         San Diego Area RangesLevel 5 (Sibling)
         San Jacinto MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Joshua Tree RangesLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Chocolate MountainsLevel 5
         Channel IslandsLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Chocolate Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Black Butte45041373 
2.Pilot Mountain42161285 
3.Peak 411841181255 
4.Orocopia Mountains High Point38151163 
5.Micro Benchmark37721150 
6.Chuckwalla Peak34461050 
7.Hi Corn3160963 
8.Corn3149960 
9.Peak 30513051930 
10.Peak 30403040+927+ 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.



Photos of Peaks in the Chocolate Mountains

Orocopia Mountains High Point
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Orocopia Mountain has relatively easy and open slopes as far as the desert goes (2019-01-04). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Chuckwalla Peak
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Chuckwalla Mountains (1973-01-26). Photo by John Vitz.
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Chuckwalla Benchmark
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Chuckwalla Benchmark from the east (2019-02-10). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Picacho Peak
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Little Picacho looking so good (2018-01-28). Photo by Garrett McLean.
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Well Benchmark
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Well BM from SR-78 to the west (2020-01-05). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Thumb Peak
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Thumb Peak from the west (2016-12-10). Photo by Matthew Hengst.
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Imperial Refuge Wilderness Prominence Point
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Most prominent point in the Imperial Refuge Wilderness. The high point is the rightmost of the three summits (2020-01-05). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Rock Hill
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Rock Hill. 138 ft below sea level. 2 mile round trip hike from Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (2020-01-25). Photo by Mark Spencer.
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