The great state of California is home to numerous peaks over 14,000′. The exact number of California 14ers depends on who you ask – it varies between 12 and 15.. If you’re looking to climb or ski one of the California 14ers, you’ll need to head to the Sierra Nevada, the White Mountain Range, or the Cascades.
The Sierra Nevada is home to majority of California 14ers – including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Prime climbing season runs from June to September. Which one will you climb or ski first?
California 14ers Map:
(All pinpoints are close, but are not 100% accurate)
These 15 fourteeners are scattered across the state of California in three different mountain ranges:
- Cascades – 1
- White Mountains – 1
- Sierra Nevada – 13
California 14ers List:
|3||White Mountain Peak||14,252'||White Mountain|
|4||North Palisade||14,248'||Sierra Nevada|
|5*||Starlight Peak||14,206'||Sierra Nevada|
|8*||Polemonium Peak||14,106'||Sierra Nevada|
|10||Split Mountain||14,064'||Sierra Nevada|
|13||Middle Palisade||14,018'||Sierra Nevada|
|15*||Thunderbolt Peak||14,009'||Sierra Nevada|
The elevations listed here are taken from the American Alpine Institute.
*denotes peak is less than 300′ higher than the adjacent 14er and therefore not necessarily an “official” California 14er.
California 14ers Speed Record
Sean O’Rourke holds the speed record for climbing all 15 of the California 14ers. He completed this mountain project in 62 hours and 3 minutes in August 2012.
How many of the California 14ers have you climbed or skied? If you’ve climbed or skied them all, leave a note in the comments below.
See Also: Colorado 14ers Map and List