California peaks

6,825 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most summited peak

Mount San Antonio

445 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m prom

California summits

18,395 summits

First Ascent Awards

2574 of 6,825 peaks 37%

Top climbing months

July 12%

August 10%

June 9%

California mountains highlights

  • The Sierra Nevada is 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. Others include Lassen Volcanic National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and Death Valley National Park.
  • California boasts 14 peaks over 14,000 ft elevation, concentrated in the Eastern Sierra.
  • The massive Cascade volcano Mount Shasta 14,180 ft dominates the northern California landscape and can be seen from over 100 miles away.
"Last stop of the day. Looped down into Trail Canyon which has not recovered or been repaired above Tom Lucas Camp from the Station Fire, spent a good hour bushwhacking through buckthorn over my head. A trail crew needs to get up there before it’s too late!" - Iron Mountain, Christopher, Mar 19, 2018
"Just breaking in some mountaineering boots and decided to swing by as I hadn't put this one in Peakery. Beta for this bump? It's one of the best in Griffith park, with a great view of Mount Hollywood and Downtown to one side, and Cahuenga Peak to the other. " - Mount Chapel, JustinB, Mar 19, 2018
"I rode the MTB up the Mt. Gleason Rd. from Mill Creek Summit. I was in the clouds within 10 minutes and had almost zero visibility for the whole day. It was a pretty challenging ride - I had to push the bike for a few tenths of a mile when the grade reached ~9% or so. Found the register at the location specified by the HPS directions. The area is still completely devastated from 2009's Station Fire. The burned out Camp 16 and Station Fire Memorial made for a somber scene in the dense fog." - Mount Gleason, klotito, Mar 11, 2018
"Following a rainy Saturday, I was determined to get in at least one hike for the weekend. Meanwhile, Johnstone Peak was the closest San Gabriel Mountains summit that I haven't climbed yet. Today was the day to check it off. I parked at the end of Terrebonne Avenue in San Dimas, where an access point connects with the fire road. The dirt road to the top was often muddy which meant that I created a bit of a mess on the hike. The incline was rather moderate and led me directly to the high point, where I was standing in the clouds. The only issue was the "No entry without a permit" sign along the" - Johnstone Peak, Peak-Conquistador, Mar 11, 2018
"Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve Mt. Umunhum Trail 10.43 Miles Ascent 1,075 ft (-1,075) 12 Geocache(s) 1 BenchMark 1 WarkMark 2 Peaks 6:22 Total Time" - Mount Umunhum, jminkema, Mar 11, 2018

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