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Then it seemed to me the Sierra should be called not the Nevada or Snowy Range,
but the Range of Light.
And after ten years spent in the heart of it, rejoicing and wondering, bathing in its glorious floods of light, seeing the sunbursts of morning among the icy peaks, the noonday radiance on the trees and rocks and snow, the flush of alpenglow and a thousand dashing waterfalls with their marvelous abundance of irised spray,
it still seems to me above all others the Range of Light,
the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain-chains I have ever seen.
– John Muir

California’s Summits above 14,000 feet

– Sorted by Elevation

Notes
Rank
CA
Elev
feet
Prom
feet
Summit Name Proximate Parent
Line Parent (if diff)
Iso
miles
Quadrangle Rg G J
1 14,495 10,080 Whitney, Mount Colima, Nevado de
Toluca, Nevado de
1,505
1649.81
Mount Whitney SR 1 1
2 14,375 1,679 Williamson, Mount Whitney, Mount 5.45 Mount Williamson SR    
  14,271 196 Keeler Needle Whitney, Mount 0.20 Mount Whitney SR    
3 14,246 7,196 White Mountain Peak Williamson, Mount 67.74 White Mountain Peak TS 1 1
4 14,242 2,895 North Palisade Williamson, Mount 32.34 North Palisade SR 1 1
  14,220 120 “Starlight Peak” North Palisade 0.07 North Palisade SR    
  14,206 131 Crooks Peak Whitney, Mount 0.29 Mount Whitney SR    
5 14,162 9,832 Shasta, Mount White Mountain Peak
North Palisade
335.11
357.1
Mount Shasta CS 1  
6 14,153 413 Sill, Mount North Palisade 0.63 North Palisade SR    
  14,140 66 “Third Needle” Whitney, Mount 0.39 Mount Whitney SR    
  14,100 200 Polemonium Peak North Palisade 0.15 North Palisade SR    
7 14,088 1,129 Russell, Mount Whitney, Mount 0.81 Whitney, Mount SR    
  14,074 65 “Aiguille Extra” Whitney, Mount 0.46 Mount Whitney SR    
8 14,058 1,558 Split Mountain Sill, Mount 6.83 Split Mountain SR    
9 14,025 1,197 Langley, Mount Whitney, Mount 4.81 Langley, Mount SR   1
10 14,018 1,125 Tyndall, Mount Williamson, Mount 1.46 Mount Williamson SR    
11 14,012 1,119 Middle Palisade Sill, Mount 2.59 Split Mountain SR    
12 14,012 331 Muir, Mount Whitney, Mount 0.96 Mount Whitney SR    
  14,009 132 “Aiguille du Paquoir” Whitney, Mount 0.54 Mount Whitney SR    
  14,003 223 Thunderbolt Peak North Palisade 0.28 North Palisade SR    

Notes by Gerry Roach

  1. Our California climbs above 14,000 feet
    Gerry Roach’s totals: 4 ascents; 4/12 hard ranked; 4/20 overall
    Jennifer Roach’s totals: 4 ascents; 4/12 hard ranked; 4/20 overall
    Gerry and Jennifer’s combined total as of 8/13/05: 8 ascents

  2. There are 20 summits on this list, of which 12 are hard ranked.
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