California is a land of superlatives and these are its highest peaks. Includes the 11 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 11 peaks, the wide range of technical difficulty required makes finishing this challenge an impressive accomplishment. Note: 4 other peaks with less than 300 ft prom are also frequently included in some California 14er lists: Mount Muir, Thunderbolt Peak, Polemonium Peak, and Starlight Peak.


Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,085 ft / 3,073 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

595 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Whitney

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 3 peaks

Class 3/4 1 peak

Top climbing months

August   25%

July   21%

September  16%