California peaks

6,853 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

449 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m prom

California summits

18,682 summits

First Ascent Awards

2612 of 6,853 peaks 38%

Top climbing months

July 11%

August 10%

June 9%

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.
"Starting out at Dawson Saddle, I traversed the PCT to Mt Burnham and Mt Baden-Powell. After a brief rest and snack at the summit of Baden-Powell, I proceeded down the south ridge. The marine layer was thick and I could see Ross Mountain's summit barely peaking above the clouds. I had hoped it would remain that way for me while visiting. The long descent along the ridge was an accomplishment in itself while taking roughly 2 hours to reach the summit. I passed two hikers coming from the summit. We were all surprised to see another human out there. Surprisingly, the summit was still barely above " - Ross Mountain, Peak-Conquistador, May 12, 2018
"My friend Brett and I started at about the midway point on Pine Mtn. Rd. at 6000' elevation and walked up the asphalt (original plan was to hike the Chorro Grande to Reyes and then to Haddock for a roughly 22 mile hike, but started too late). We passed Pine Mtn and Reyes Peak Campgrounds, as well as the Upper Chorro Grande Trailhead. We then reached the trailhead and went a short distance until hitting a 3-fork junction. The left is the Forest Service Reyes Peak Trail, but the middle fork is the actual use trail to the 7,514' summit. We took the middle fork for just under a mile to the sum" - Reyes Peak, brianpowell, May 12, 2018
"With Ross Mountain as my target for the day, I accessed Mt Baden-Powell via Dawson Saddle and the PCT. I had to summit the peak twice on the day since it was the beginning and end point for the descent/ascent to/from Ross Mountain. While arriving early for the first ascent, I saw several hikers posing for pics and patting each other on the back for their great achievement. For me, my day was only beginning. I sat down and had a snack before pressing on to Ross Mountain. On the way back, it was late afternoon with only a few people on the summit. This is one of the great vantage points in the m" - Mount Baden-Powell, Peak-Conquistador, May 12, 2018
"My original plan was to hike up Chorro Grande Trail to the ridge and summit Reyes and then Haddock, which would have been a nearly 22 mile affair with probably close to 5,000' gain (both out and back combined). However, with a later than expected start, as we arrived at 6:30 am, we decided to drive part way up Pine Mountain Road to the 6,000' contour and park at a pullout. We hiked up the paved road for a couple of miles past Pine Mtn Campground, then the Upper Chorro Grande Trailhead and Reyes Peak Campground and hiked through to the dirt road past the Reyes Peak Trailhead Parking Lot, and " - Haddock Mountain, brianpowell, May 12, 2018
"Tecuya Ridge West (6,740') is a not well known summit in the awesome San Emigdio Mountains of far Southern Kern County in the Los Padres National Forest. It is the far west end of the long Tecuya Ridge that reaches its apex at Tecuya Mountain. To reach it, drive on Cuddy Valley Road coming out of Frazier Park to the Pinyon Pines Estates community. There is a dirt road (9N22) on the north side of the highway. The name of the forest service road 9N22 is Tecuya Mountain Road. You head north on 9N22 and reach a fork. Turn left (west) and follow 9N19 to its end where there is a "fire ring" ma" - Tecuya Ridge West, brianpowell, May 11, 2018

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