California peaks

7,237 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most summited peak

Mount Whitney

494 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Whitney

10,075 ft / 3,070 m prom

California summits

22,055 summits

First Ascent Awards

3043 of 7,237 peaks 42%

Top climbing months

July 11%

August 10%

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.

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