California is a land of superlatives and these are its highest peaks. Includes the 14 California peaks over 14,000 ft with at least 300 ft prominence. With the exception of volcano Mount Shasta in the Cascades and White Mountain Peak in the White Mountains, all are located on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada. Although only 14 peaks, the wide range of technical difficulty required makes finishing this challenge a real accomplishment.


Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

474 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Whitney

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 3 peaks

Class 3/4 2 peaks

Top climbing months

August   25%

July   22%

September  20%

"Nevada's Wheeler Peak was originally supposed to be the highlight of this eight-day getaway out west. Summiting that 13er would have been ambitious enough considering my previous high point was only 11.5k feet. That all changed when I went to the website two weeks before my trip and noticed that a permit (well, two actually) had suddenly become available. I immediately snatched up one of them and paid the $25 fee without hesitation. After the initial euphoria wore off a bit, I started to wonder if two weeks would be ample time to train for this 22-mile round-trip hike with ov" - Mount Whitney, theascent, Sep 6, 2018
"Wow! My last backpacking trip of the summer was great. On Saturday we hiked six miles from the Cottonwood Lakes TH to Long Lake, where we set up camp. Sunday was summit day. We set out at 8 am and hiked up New Army Pass. A ways after the pass, the elevation started slowing me down. I put on my headphones for some musical motivation. After lots of short breaks I made it to the summit after hiking for a little bit over four hours. The views were great, and we took pictures and had lunch before heading back down and getting back to camp around four. On Monday we hiked out and rewarded ourselves w" - Mount Langley, kaylam87, Sep 2, 2018
"My first 14'er! Took advantage of Open Gate Day (along with a ton of other hikers and mountain bikers; a ranger said he'd never seen so many cars gathered at the gate the night before), and started from the Bancroft Research Station. I ran out of gas around the last 1/2ish mile up to the summit, but slow n steady and frequent breaks allowed me to summit in 4 hours. Lots of others at the top, all taking in the incredible views. A very memorable experience." - White Mountain Peak, marc, Sep 2, 2018
"This is a big mountain. After bailing on Williamson last Labor Day after climbing Tyndall, I went back with an even more intrepid set of partners to try again. TH parking was full on Saturday so ended up ditching car on side of road (to be continued...) and hiking up the road for a bit. Uneventful but warm climb up to Anvil Camp. Sunday we got a fairly leisurely start at 7am which turned out to be too late in the day for this big of a mountain. Climbing up Shepherd Pass was made eerier by the set of deer carcasses strewn about the bottom of the hill. Bear? Mountain Lion? Snow Drift" - Mount Williamson, edg, Sep 2, 2018
"This was a tough hike (type 2 fun) and not for everyone! It's the elevation that really kicks ass and adds a whole other dimension of challenges to overcome. If lucky enough to win the lotto, train, train, train! Plan on a couple of elevation hikes prior to Whitney. I took on Mt Conness (12,000') the weekend prior and found I don't do well in elevation above 10,000. I took some Diamox for Whitney, which helped a lot, but not 100%. It's a beautiful hike, met a ton of nice people, and the view is stunning! Watching the sunrise was also amazing. If you're heading out for this one, check out " - Mount Whitney, colleenmarie512, Sep 1, 2018