Now, don't get me wrong, I like Adventure 16, and I like that they're encouraging people to hike. But Baden-Powell just isn't the fourth highest peak in Southern California. I don't even know where they'd get that from. I mean, what?? It isn't even the fourth highest in its own range, the San Gabriel Mountains; it's sixth after Mt. Harwood.
UPDATE 16 July 2015: Many peaks in and near the San Gorgonio Wilderness are currently closed due to the Lake Fire. See Lake Fire Closure Map for details.
|San Jacinto Peak, 6th highest peak in Southern California|
|Summit sign atop Mt Baldy (Mt San Antonio), 26th highest peak in Southern California|
Southern California Peaks Over 9000 Feet (2743 Meters)
(Ordered by height)
|1||San Gorgonio Mtn||11,502||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|2||Jepson Peak||11,205||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|3||Bighorn Mountain||10,997||San Bernardinos||HPS|
|4||Dragons Head Pk||10,866||San Bernardinos||HPS|
|5||Anderson Peak||10,840+||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|6||San Jacinto Peak||10,834||San Jacintos||USGS|
|7||Charlton Peak||10,806||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|8||Little Charlton Peak||10,696||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|9||East San Bernardino Peak||10,691||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|10||Shields Peak||10,680+||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|11||Jean Peak||10,670||San Jacintos||USGS|
|12||San Bernardino Peak||10,649||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|13||Alto Diablo Peak||10,563||San Bernardinos||Common Use|
|14||East Dobbs Peak||10,520+||San Bernardinos||Common Use|
|15||Folly Peak||10,480+||San Jacintos||USGS|
|16||West Dobbs Peak||10,459||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|17||Miller Peak||10,400+||San Jacintos||USGS|
|18||Shirley Peak||10,388||San Jacintos||Common Use|
|19||Marion Mountain||10,362||San Jacintos||USGS|
|20||Grinnell Mtn||10,284||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|21||Pi Peak (3.141 km elevation)||10,280+||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|22||Lake Peak||10,161||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|23||Newton Drury Peak||10,160+||San Jacintos||USGS|
|24||Joyce Pk||10,160+||San Jacintos||Colloquial|
|25||Mt Ellen (aka Mt St Ellens)||10,160+||San Jacintos||Colloquial|
|26||Ten Thousand Foot Ridge||10,094||San Bernardinos||HPS|
|27||Mt San Antonio (aka Mt Baldy)||10,064||San Gabriels||USGS|
|28||Zahniser Peak||10,056||San Bernardinos||Common Use|
|29||N Fork Peak||10,040+||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|30||West Baldy||9988||San Gabriels||Common Use|
|31||Fish Creek Pk||9971||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|32||Sugarloaf Mtn||9952||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|33||Hell For Sure Pk||9930||San Bernardinos||Common Use|
|34||Tea Can Pk (aka Tea Bag Can Pk)||9884||San Bernardinos||Common Use|
|35||Green Mtn||9775||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|36||Cornell Peak||9750||San Jacintos||USGS|
|37||Pine Mtn||9648||San Gabriels||USGS|
|38||Mission Peak||9580||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|39||Dawson Pk||9575||San Gabriels||USGS|
|40||Mt Harwood||9552||San Gabriels||USGS|
|41||Harvard Peak||9520+||San Jacintos||USGS|
|42||Whitewater Mountain||9480+||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|43||Lightning Gulch Point||9465||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|44||Brown Peak||9400+||San Jacintos||Colloquial|
|45||Mt Baden-Powell||9399||San Gabriels||USGS|
|46||Wildhorse Mtn||9385||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|47||Yale Peak||9360+||San Jacintos||Common Use|
|48||Landells Peak (aka Luella Todd Pk)||9356||San Jacintos||California State Park Service|
|49||Lost Peak||9327||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|50||Galena Peak||9324||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|51||Kristen Pk||9204||San Jacintos||Common Use|
|52||Divide Peak||9200+||San Jacintos||California State Park Service|
|53||Jumpoff Peak||9200+||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|54||Mill Peak||9164||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|55||Seca Mtn||9156||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|56||Cienega Peak||9144||San Jacintos||Common Use|
|57||Throop Pk||9138||San Gabriels||USGS|
|58||Little San Gorgonio Pk||9133||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|59||Sugarcube Pk||9123||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|60||Onyx Peak||9113||San Bernardinos||USGS|
|61||Triple Divide Mtn||9070||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|62||Wanat Peak||9000+||San Bernardinos||Colloquial|
|Sugarloaf Mountain, 29th highest peak in Southern California|
1. What is "Southern" California? For these purposes, I consider Southern California to be the area comprised of the following ten counties:
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Barbara
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
2. What is a peak? I'm including peaks that are generally recognized as peaks. By that I mean there is a name commonly associated with a particular summit. There is no general agreement as to exactly what constitutes a peak. For these purposes, a peak has to have at least two closed 40' contour lines (80 feet total) and preferably three closed 40' contour lines (120 feet total) before it can even begin to be called a peak. And I'm being pretty liberal. Some definitions of "peak" require six closed contour lines. The only exception to my "must have at least two closed contour lines" rule is if there is a USGS peak name. If the USGS marks it as a peak, then I include it on my list regardless of how many closed contour lines there are. I'm sure some people would argue that particular peaks on my list should be deleted and that other peaks should be added. If you're one of those people, then feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below. I may or may not add/delete your favorite peak, but I've got an open mind.
3. What do I mean by "source?" Well, if a peak has a name on the maps produced by the United States Geological Survey, I so indicate with the initialism, "USGS". If the peak is listed in the Hundred Peaks Section list, I so indicate with the initialism, "HPS". If a peak has a name that is just a name of common use, i.e. no body or organization has conferred said name, then I simply put "Common Use". Notice that a few sources are listed as "colloquial". The "colloquial" designation means that some people may refer to a certain summit as a peak but that it's far from commonly accepted as a peak. In time, these may become commonly accepted names, but for now I list these simply for ease of reference.
4. Where do I get my elevations from? Well, if a specific height is listed on a USGS map, I use that height. If not, then I use the highest contour interval below the named summit. Of course the summit is actually higher, but since I don't know how much higher, I just use the closest contour interval. in such cases, I indicate the elevation with a plus symbol (+) next to it. In some cases, I am aware of more accurate heights than what is listed on the USGS topo maps. In particular, North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88) elevations are used whenever they are available.
5. Why do I use the name Landells Peak instead of Luella Todd Peak? Well, both names have some claim to this summit, but a) Mr. Landells had a long association with the San Jacinto Mountains whereas Ms. Todd to my knowledge did not and b) Mr. Landells died while trying to rescue someone. I think the manner of Mr. Landells death and his long association with the San Jacintos give him the better claim to this peak. Ms. Todd was a noteworthy individual and should have a peak named in her honor, but not this peak in my opinion. Feel free to disagree of course.
6. With respect to Marion Mountain, there is a spot height of 10,362 feet marked on the easternmost summit. Of course when you actually climb Marion Mountain you realize that the highest point on the mountain is the westernmost summit. The USGS unfortunately did not list a spot height for this point. I therefore list what I have available to me, but be aware that the actual height of Marion Mountain is greater than 10,362 feet. See also: Is Marion Mountain "Wrong" on the USGS Map?
7. Why don't I include West Galena Peak? Well, there are three very closely clustered high points atop Galena Peak, all of about the same height. Those points just aren't far enough apart to be called separate peaks.
8. Why do I place Fish Creek Peak where I do (on Ten Thousand Foot Ridge)? Some people place Fish Creek Peak over on the eastern flank of Lake Peak, but the point they mark, elevation 9942, doesn't even have one closed contour line. FAIL! This is just not a peak. I mark Fish Creek Peak over on Ten Thousand Foot Ridge where it belongs.
|San Jacinto Peak, 6th highest peak in Southern California|
I hope you find this list useful,
|San Gorgonio Mountain, highest peak in Southern California|
Great list! Must have taken you a while to put this together..... I would exclude Kern and San Luis from So Cal IMO.... geographically, geologically, socially, they just don't make the cut....I refer to John McKinney's "Day Hikes in Southern California" for this one.....now geologically speaking Point Conception should be the northern terminus, but for the sake of continuity...one could throw in all of SB County.... In terms of Kern....Sierras...that disqualifies it for me.ReplyDelete
Well, whether we consider Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties as Southern or Northern California, it really doesn't matter since the peak list would not change. The high point of Kern County is Sawmill Mountain at 8818' so it doesn't make the 9,000' cut off, and neither does the high point of San Luis Obispo, Caliente Mtn at 5,106'.Delete
Now, if I make an 8,000' peak list, then it would matter, and I'd have to give it some more serious thought. :)
Uhh, that would be "Central California" not "Northern California"... you folks down there in SoCal need to learn where NorCal starts :-p SF is NOT NorCal ;)Delete
Oh, dear, obviously a troll attack is going on against my blog. ;)Delete
Nice Job HJ looks like I've got some work to do!!ReplyDelete
Have at it, and have fun!Delete
Appreciate the work you've put into this. You have included peaks in the list that don't meet your own definition (2-3 closed loops) and not USGS named (many in San Jacinto), but you have to make subjective calls somewhere and yours are better than most.
Also, kudos on the Gorgonio fire maps. It could be years before a lot of the 9Ks and 10Ks open up again around Gorgonio. Really sad how much damage was done.
Recall though that on the San Jacinto quad, for whatever reason, the USGS 1:24,000 maps have an 80 foot contour instead of the standard 40 foot contour. I personally think the person who did this ought to be shot, but be that as it may, one 80 foot contour line counts as two 40 foot contour lines. And yes, I realize that the USFS rendition of the topo map says that their San Jacinto quad has a 40' contour interval... but does it really? I don't think so. The FS just took the data and marked it as 40' without realizing what they were doing. I can point out numerous errors that the FS made when "transcribing" the USGS maps. Take a look at the summit of E San Bernardino Peak on a USGS map and then compare that to a USFS map. You'll see that the USFS deleted one summit. I can cite a lot of much more serious examples than that.Delete
Now, that said, my peak naming conventions are fairly loose. If it's commonly called a peak or if the USGS calls it a peak, I list it. If it's not commonly referred to as a peak, then I generally expect 3 closed forty foot contour lines. On maps with only 80 foot contour lines (e.g. San Jacinto Peak quadrangle), then it's a bit of a judgement call.