California peaks

6,926 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

19,795 summits

First Ascent Awards

2691 of 6,926 peaks 38%

Top climbing months

July 12%

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.
"San Marcos Highpoint was (emphasis on WAS) my closest personally unsummitted peak. I had a 4-hour window for an activity today. I couldn't decide if I wanted to ride, hike, or run, so I did all three. I set out on a door-to-door human-powered expeditionary peak-bagging picnic to tag my nearest highpoint. It was fun. I took my road bike as far as it would go on the dirt road, changed into hiking gear, tagged, the peak, then ran down to my bike. As you can see from the GPS track, I had a few route-finding issues, but overall it went great. A beautiful day out and a great way to spend Vete" - San Marcos Mountains Highpoint, benjineer, Nov 11, 2018
"Parked at a small turnout straight across from the peak on Geology Tour Road. Hiked straight up to the saddle south of the peak. Visited the southern peak first, then hiked northerly to Malapai Hill. Returned the same way." - Malapai Hill, joecaveness, Nov 10, 2018
"With the spirit of avoiding state park fees, I avoided driving into Lake Perris State Recreation Area and instead began to the north and outside of the park. As guidance, I used one of the previous posts that mentioned a use trail that begins near Theodore and Alessandro in Moreno Valley. I found several use trails in the area and found one that went up toward the high peaks. The wide trails quickly deteriorated to cross country routes up the slope. Once I realized I was going cross country, I just kept going toward the high point. I finally topped out on the summit of Peak 2570, with grea" - Mount Russell, Peak-Conquistador, Nov 10, 2018
"Started at the Donner Summit/PCT Trailhead and hiked on the PCT to Castle Peak (about 5 miles) then headed to Basin Peak. From Basin we made a small loop back towards the PCT and Peter Grub Hut. We connected onto the dirt road and made it back to the trailhead with a total of 12.5 miles. There were a few icy patches on the trail, but nothing that required micro spikes. Visibility was limited from the Camp Fire. " - Castle Peak, firesoren90, Nov 10, 2018
"Started at the Donner Summit/PCT Trailhead and hiked on the PCT to Castle Peak (about 5 miles) then headed to Basin Peak. From Basin we made a small loop back towards the PCT and Peter Grub Hut. We connected onto the dirt road and made it back to the trailhead with a total of 12.5 miles. There were a few icy patches on the trail, but nothing that required micro spikes. Visibility was limited from the Camp Fire. " - Basin Peak, firesoren90, Nov 10, 2018

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