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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 Elev
feet
Prom
feet
  Summit Name Parent Iso
miles
  Quadrangle Rg G J
1 14,495 10,080   Whitney, Mt Colima, Nevado de
Toluca, Nevado de
1,505
1649.81
  Mt Whitney SR 1 1
2 14,375 1,679   Williamson, Mt Whitney, Mt 5.75   Mt Williamson SR    
  14,271 196   Keeler Needle Whitney, Mt 0.10   Mt Whitney SR    
3 14,246 7,196   White Mtn Pk Williamson, Mt 67.72   White Mtn Pk TS 1 1
4 14,242 2,895   North Palisade Williamson, Mt 32.32   North Palisade SR 1 1
  14,220 120   “Starlight Pk” North Palisade 0.07   North Palisade SR    
  14,206 131   Crooks Pk Whitney, Mt 0.29   Mt Whitney SR    
5 14,162 9,832   Shasta, Mt White Mtn Pk
North Palisade
335.11
357.1
  Mt Shasta CS 1  
6 14,153 413   Sill, Mt North Palisade 0.62   North Palisade SR    
  14,140 66   “Third Needle” Whitney, Mt 0.4   Mt Whitney SR    
  14,100 200   Polemonium Pk North Palisade 0.16   North Palisade SR    
7 14,088 1,129   Russell, Mt Whitney, Mt 1.08   Whitney, Mt SR    
  14,075 66   “Aiguille Extra” Whitney, Mt 0.5   Mt Whitney SR    
8 14,058 1,427   Split Mtn Sill, Mt 6.86   Split Mtn SR    
9 14,025 1,197   Langley, Mt Whitney, Mt 4.57   Langley, Mt SR   1
10 14,018 1,125   Tyndall, Mt Williamson, Mt 1.45   Mt Williamson SR    
11 14,012     Middle Palisade Split Mtn
Sill, Mt
4.27
 
  Split Mtn SR    
12 14,012 331   Muir, Mt Whitney, Mt 0.67   Mt Whitney SR    
  14,009 131   “Aiguille du Paquoir” Muir, Mt
Whitney, Mt
0.44
0.54
  Mt Whitney SR    
  14,003 223   Thunderbolt Pk North Palisade 0.29   North Palisade SR    

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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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