California peaks

6,892 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

470 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m prom

California summits

19,575 summits

First Ascent Awards

2673 of 6,892 peaks 38%

Top climbing months

July 12%

August 11%

June 10%

California mountains highlights

  • The Sierra Nevadas are the most famous California mountain range, stretching over 400 miles from north to south. In it lies the highest mountain in the lower 48 US States, Mount Whitney at 14,505 ft / 4,421 m.
  • California contains many mountainous National Parks, the most well-known being Yosemite National Park. The other national parks include Pinnacles, Lassen Volcanic, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Channel Islands, and Death Valley.
  • California boasts 14 peaks over 14,000 ft elevation, concentrated in the Eastern Sierras.
  • The massive Cascade volcano Mount Shasta 14,180 ft dominates the northern California landscape and can be seen from over 100 miles away.
"Hiked in on the new Tallac trail. Beautiful views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake were pretty, too. You can see Pyramid, Price, and Agassi peaks to the west and Freel Peak to the east. Nice view of Emerald Bay State Park as well. Plenty of lakes to filter water, but it’s a short hike so you should not need to do so. It’s pretty rocky, but most of the trail has larger, less movable rocks so it was not that bad. Definitely worth doing because the views were amazing. Did not find a summit box to sign or a peak marker. The trailhead was full when we got " - Mount Tallac, firesoren90, Sep 23, 2018
"Continued to be in denial about being sick (I have allergies or something). Instead of laying around and feeling sorry for myself, I went ahead and did three more very easy climbs in Orange County before the end of the day. This was a good day to do it, since I really wasn't up for much punishment. Because I got the job done, I have no regrets. The regrets will probably move in tomorrow morning when I can't get out of bed. Anyway, Bauer Benchmark was a quick and easy peak climb in the Villa Park area. True to its name, there is a benchmark on top that says "Bauer" (at least I went to the " - Bauer Benchmark, Peak-Conquistador, Sep 22, 2018
"Feeling a little under the weather today, so I decided to do some easy local hikes so that I don't overdo it. I pass Mormon Batallion Mountain every time I go up to Angeles Crest Highway. This is the first time I stopped here rather than going to Angeles Crest Highway or anywhere else. There is no parking near the mountain, unless you decide to pay for parking at Glen Helen Regional Park. Since I am never up for the paying for parking option, I parked in the dirt on the side of Glen Helen Parkway on the other side of Interstate 15 (southbound side). From there, I walked to Clearwater Park" - Mormon Battalion Mountain, Peak-Conquistador, Sep 22, 2018
"I was actually using a previous report on Peak 1257 to get me to the start of the trail. Because of that, I followed Ave de Santiago to its end and began walking from there. While walking out to the peak, I noted that it looked very similar to Robbers Peak. Before arriving, I checked out the placement of an American Flag at a high point to the east of the peak. Then I continued on to the peak. On the way, I realized that this had to be Robbers Peak, because it looked just like my last visit to Robbers Peak. I didn't get good shots of it this time around because another hiker arrived a fe" - Robbers Peak, Peak-Conquistador, Sep 22, 2018
"Second peak on SC 20s & 30s scouting trip. Not as far as the real Ontario, but still a smooth trail (except for 1-2 blowdowns) and a beautiful journey. Trip stats computed from Caltopo from Bighorn to Ontario peaks." - Ontario Peak, ctrain2018, Sep 22, 2018

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