California peaks

6,961 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

474 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m prom

California summits

20,058 summits

First Ascent Awards

2738 of 6,961 peaks 39%

Top climbing months

July 12%

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.
"From Martin Tudor Park / Jurupa Regional Park, I parked at the southern end of the park. From there, a dirt road parallels Sierra Ave while going south. After a few twists in the road, there is a pedestrian tunnel under Sierra Ave. After passing through it, the dirt road bypasses homes and picks up a use trail going up slope. Once on the use trail, it is a rather clear Route to the summit with good views from the top." - Peak 1913 ft, Peak-Conquistador, Jan 21, 2019
"Great weather with fantastic views of the mountains of the Angeles National Forest which are largely still in snow. From the parking area, went to San Juan Hill first, then crossed over to the other ridgeline and then back to get Gilmore Peak. Then back to the car. Barely saw anyone else." - San Juan Hill, marc, Jan 20, 2019
"Completed a loop hike in the Inland Empire. With no shade and hot weather most of the year, this was an ideal time to complete the triple peak loop. First was Peak 1452, next was Rattlesnake Mountain, last was Peak 1739. I shared some of the dirt roads with dirt bikers, but fortunately there were only a few of them there." - Rattlesnake Mountain, Peak-Conquistador, Jan 20, 2019
"Completed a loop hike in the Inland Empire. With no shade and hot weather most of the year, this was an ideal time to complete the triple peak loop. First was Peak 1452, next was Rattlesnake Mountain, last was Peak 1739. I shared some of the dirt roads with dirt bikers, but fortunately there were only a few of them there." - Peak 1739 ft, Peak-Conquistador, Jan 20, 2019
"Great weather with fantastic views of the mountains of the Angeles National Forest which are largely still in snow. From the parking area, went to San Juan Hill first, then crossed over to the other ridgeline and then back to get Gilmore Peak. Then back to the car. Barely saw anyone else." - Gilman Peak, marc, Jan 20, 2019

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