Peaks in California
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I grew up in California, but did not hike any peaks until the end of my time there. Telescope Peak in Death Valley was my first major summit of any kind, in 1991. A year later, I, along with five college pals, hiked Mount Whitney. Three weeks after that, I moved to Arizona. It wasn't until I started working on the various county and prominence lists that I started venturing back into California for its peaks.

Over the years I have picked away at the county highpoint list, then its 2,000-foot prominence lists. I choose my hikes based on opportunity and location. I generally stick to the desert peaks south of Interstate-40, the ranges in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, and any bumps I can find in Imperial County.



Telescope Peak

August 20, 1991
P6KNPHP

Mount Whitney

July 17, 1992
P10KNPHP
COHPState HP

Mount San Jacinto

May 29, 1993
P8KCOHP

Blue Angels Peak

1. December 19, 1999
2. March 26, 2005
COHP

Mount San Antonio

July 22, 2000
P6KCOHP

Santiago Peak

July 23, 2000
P4KCOHP

Thunder Mountain

August 11, 2000
COHP
 

Corral Ridge

August 12, 2000
COHP

Mts. Pinos & Sawmill

October 14, 2000
P4KCOHP

Caliente Mountain

December 16, 2000
P2KCOHP

Big Pine Mountain

December 17, 2000
P2KCOHP

Mount San Benito

December 18, 2000
P3KCOHP

Copernicus Peak

December 19, 2000
P3KCOHP

Mount Bielewski

December 19, 2000
P1KCOHP
 

Mount Davidson

December 19, 2000
COHP
.

Mount Tamalpais

December 20, 2000
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Junipero Serra Peak

May 11, 2001
P4KCOHP

Hot Springs Mountain

July 7, 2001
P2KCOHP

Mount San Gorgonio

September 29, 2001
P8KCOHP

Carpenter Hill

1. December 18, 2001
2. July 28, 2005
COHP

Mount Vaca

December 19, 2001
P1KCOHP
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Cobb Mountain

1. December 19, 2001
2. May 25, 2003
P3KCOHP

Mount Diablo

December 20, 2001
P3KCOHP
.

E. Mount St. Helena

December 21, 2001
COHP
.

Long Ridge

December 22, 2001
COHP
.

White Mountain Peak

June 20, 2002
P7KCOHP

Freel Peak

June 21, 2002
P3KCOHP

Granite Chief

June 22, 2002
P1K
 

Quail Mountain

April 13, 2003
P2KNPHP

Black Butte
(Glenn Co.)

May 22, 2003
P2KCOHP

Lassen Peak

July 15, 2004
P5KNPHPCOHP

Brokeoff Mountain

July 16, 2004
COHP

Kelso Dunes

March 14, 2005

Snow Mountain

July 25, 2005
P2KCOHP

Anthony Peak

July 27, 2005
P1KCOHP
 

Mount Baden-Powell

May 11, 2007
P2K

Burnt Peak

May 12, 2007
P2K

Reyes Peak

May 12, 2007
P2K

Sandstone Peak

May 14, 2007
P2K

Orocopia Mountain

January 8, 2008
P2K

Whale Peak

March 12, 2008
P2K

Rodman Mountain

May 26, 2008
P2K
 

Mount Ord

May 27, 2008
P3K

Toro Peak

May 28, 2008
P3K

Palomar Mountain

August 17, 2008
P2K

Cuyamaca Peak

October 4, 2008
P2K

Otay Mountain

October 4, 2008
P2K

Big Maria Peak

December 21, 2008
P2K

Frazier Mountain

May 29, 2009
P2K
 

Breckenridge Mountain

May 29, 2009
P3K

Piute Mountain

May 30, 2009
P3K

Tehachapi Mountain

May 30, 2009

Eagle Mountain

December 25, 2009
P2K

Black Butte (Chuckwallas)

January 2, 2010
P2K

Red Island

January 4, 2010

Whipple Mountain

February 28, 2010
P2K
 

Red Mountain

May 23, 2010
P2K

Alamo Mountain

August 15, 2010
P2K

Santa Ynez Peak

August 16, 2010
P2K

Box Springs Mountain

May 11, 2012
P1K

Mount Lukens

May 12, 2012
P1K

Mount Jurupa

May 14, 2012
P1K

Sugarloaf Mountain

August 9, 2012
P1K
 

Keller Peak

August 9, 2012
P1K

Waterman Mountain

August 10, 2012
P1K

Telegraph
& Thunder Pks

August 11, 2012
P1K

Carrizo Mountain

November 15, 2012
P1K

Cowles Mountain

November 15, 2012
P1K

Cahuilla Mountain

May 11, 2013
P1K

Thomas Mountain

May 11, 2013
P1K
 

Mount Williamson

May 13, 2013
P1K

Palm View Peak

May 14, 2013
P1K

Sunset Peak

November 3, 2013
P1K

Palm Springs BM

December 26, 2013

Mine Benchmark

December 28, 2013

Blue Ridge
& Table Mtn

May 9, 2014

Ontario Peak

May 10, 2014
P1K
 

Throop & Lewis Peaks

May 11, 2014

San Gabriel Peak

May 12, 2014
P1K

Stage BM

December 28, 2014
P1K

Tecate Peak

February 13, 2015
P1K

Potrero Peak

February 14, 2015

Stonewall Peak

February 14, 2015

Cuyamaca Peak

February 15, 2015
Adam Helman Memorial
 

Verdugo Mountain

September 19, 2015
P1K

Pilot Knob

November 26, 2016

Ghost Mountain

March 7, 2017


Other Destinations in California


Sinkyone Wilderness

May 23, 2003

Death Valley

March, 2005

Anza-Borrego Desert
State Park

Annually

Wilson Observatory

May 12, 2012

Stanley Cup 2012

June 14, 2012

Stanley Cup 2014

June 17, 2014

Bow Willow Bumps

December 29, 2014
 

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