There are twelve Californian peaks with an elevation of 14000 feet or more and having at least 300 feet of prominence (rising 300 feet above any saddle connecting it to anything higher). Three additional peaks with elevations above 14000 feet have attracted significant climber interest. These fifteen peaks are generally considered by climbers to be the California Fourteeners. All but two are in the Sierra Nevada.
I first climbed in the Sierra Nevada in 1986 when I hiked up the Mount Whitney Trail. I returned to the Sierra Nevada several times alone and with different partners to climb other peaks and gradually accepted the challenge of climbing all of the California Fourteeners. Keith Garlinghouse joined me in this challenge in later years and provided essential encouragement for me to complete it.
"... Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light. And after ten years of wandering and wondering in the heart of it, rejoicing in its glorious floods of light, the white beams of the morning streaming through the passes, the noonday radiance on the crystal rocks, the flush of the alpenglow, and the irised spray of countless waterfalls, it still seems above all others the Range of Light."
- John Muir
|Mount Whitney||14495||Sierra Nevada||1986|
|Mount Williamson||14375||Sierra Nevada||1998|
|White Mountain Peak||14250||White Mountains||1988|
|North Palisade||14242||Sierra Nevada||1990|
|Starlight Peak||14200+||Sierra Nevada||2007|
|Mount Sill||14153||Sierra Nevada||1990|
|Mount Russell||14086||Sierra Nevada||1988|
|Polemonium Peak||14080+||Sierra Nevada||2001|
|Split Mountain||14058||Sierra Nevada||2007|
|Mount Langley||14042||Sierra Nevada||2006|
|Middle Palisade||14040||Sierra Nevada||1988|
|Mount Tyndall||14018||Sierra Nevada||2006|
|Mount Muir||14015||Sierra Nevada||1988|
|Thunderbolt Peak||14003||Sierra Nevada||1990|
= Peaks climbed = Unclimbed peaks
Individual StoryView from the top: Keith Garlinghouse fulfills quest to summit the ‘14ers’
General InformationNorthern California Climb Links
Sierra Climb Links
Peakbagger.com: Paul's California 14,000-foot Peaks
Peakbagger.com: Paul's Sierra Peaks Section Emblem Peaks
- Moynier, John and Claude Fiddler, Sierra Classics: 100 Best Climbs in the High Sierra, Chockstone Press, 1993.
- Porcella, Stephen F. and Cameron M. Burns, California's Fourteeners, Palisades Press, 1991.
- Porcella, Stephen F. and Cameron M. Burns, Climbing California's Fourteeners, The Mountaineers, 1998.
- Secor, R. J., The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails, The Mountaineers, 1992.