Best Climbing in California

This list represents the most popular climbing in California. Use this list to plan your next California climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy)

    7 Reviews

    Claremont, CA

    A great escape from the noise and crowds of Los Angeles, minutes from downtown. This loop hike takes you from the desert into pine forest. The summit is the high point of the San Gabriel Mountains. ...
    •  11 miles
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    A great escape from the noise and crowds of Los Angeles, minutes from downtown. This loop hike takes you from the desert ...

  • #2 Mount Baden-Powell

    3 Reviews

    Wrightwood, CA

    A charming hike, and a great warm-up peak. The mountain, honoring the founder of the Boy Scouts, is an excellent hike for scouts of all ages. This is a very straightforward trail.
    •  8 miles
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    A charming hike, and a great warm-up peak. The mountain, honoring the founder of the Boy Scouts, is an excellent hike for ...

  • #3 Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

    1 Reviews

    Norden, CA

    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director of the Badger Pass Ski School in Yosemite in the 1930s, wasn't convinced ...
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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director ...

  • #4 White Mountain Peak

    1 Reviews

    Bishop, CA

    Highest summit in the White Mountains, and the third-highest peak in California. It also offers the easiest ascent of any of California’s 14,000-foot mountains. The trail starts high, at an elevation ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Highest summit in the White Mountains, and the third-highest peak in California. It also offers the easiest ascent of any ...

  • #5 Mount Shasta

    1 Reviews

    Mount Shasta, CA

    The highest point in Northern California. You’ll find mixed terrain, from forest to rocky slopes to snowfields. This is a long, physical trek, all the more satisfying for the effort needed to ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    The highest point in Northern California. You’ll find mixed terrain, from forest to rocky slopes to snowfields. This is a ...

  • #6 Fresno Dome

    1 Reviews

    Oakhurst, CA

    An unlikely granite summit peering out of the pine and fir forest, with views of the Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley. The hike makes for a fine, short leg-stretcher, and the area offers good ...
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    An unlikely granite summit peering out of the pine and fir forest, with views of the Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley. The ...

  • #7 San Jacinto Peak

    1 Reviews

    Idyllwild, CA

    Clean, white granite boulders, rock climbing, fabulous views. And the largest pine cones you’ll probably ever see. John Muir called the view from the summit of San Jacinto Peak “one of the most ...
    •  11 miles
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    Clean, white granite boulders, rock climbing, fabulous views. And the largest pine cones you’ll probably ever see. John Muir ...

  • #8 Mount Langley

    1 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    The southernmost California fourteener, with excellent views. Mount Langley provides one of the most straightforward ascents of a Sierra fourteener. Though a long hike, the elevation gain is ...
    •  21 miles
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    The southernmost California fourteener, with excellent views. Mount Langley provides one of the most straightforward ascents ...

  • #9 Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country Ski Area

    0 Reviews

    Truckee, CA

    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) feels remarkably isolated, especially in the historic Euer Valley. The ...
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    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) ...

  • #10 Olancha Peak

    2 Reviews

    Olancha, CA

    The southernmost dramatic peak on the east side of the Sierra. Visible from Highway 395, the cliffs on the east face of Olancha Peak rise to a flat summit. Olancha Peak is the prominent mountain ...
    •  13 miles
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    The southernmost dramatic peak on the east side of the Sierra. Visible from Highway 395, the cliffs on the east face of Olancha ...

  • #11 Matterhorn Peak (Souteast Slope / East Couloir)

    1 Reviews

    Bridgeport, CA

    Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the eye. You will know which one it is and why you want to climb it. Matterhorn ...
    •  8 miles
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    Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the ...

  • #12 Cirque Peak

    1 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    An easily accessible peak with striking views, or a superlative peak linkup with Mount Langley. Most hikers in this area are here to climb Mount Langley, a 14,000-foot peak. But nearby Cirque ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    An easily accessible peak with striking views, or a superlative peak linkup with Mount Langley. Most hikers in this area ...

  • #13 Mount Tyndall: North Rib

    1 Reviews

    Independence, CA

    Clarence King and Richard Cotter made the first ascent of this peak in the summer of 1864 while working on the Whitney Survey. They named the peak for John Tyndall, a noted British scientist ...
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    Clarence King and Richard Cotter made the first ascent of this peak in the summer of 1864 while working on the Whitney Survey. ...

  • #14 Kearsarge Peak

    1 Reviews

    Independence, CA

    Possibly the quickest-to-reach significant summit on the entire eastern side of the Sierra. Kearsarge Peak is quick work from the Onion Valley trailhead. But although the distance is short, don’t ...
    •  4 miles
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    Possibly the quickest-to-reach significant summit on the entire eastern side of the Sierra. Kearsarge Peak is quick work ...

  • #15 Mount Williamson (West Face)

    1 Reviews

    Independence, CA

    The second-highest peak in California, after Whitney, and fifth-highest in the contiguous United States. Mount Williamson is a large peak and a major undertaking. With almost 9,000 feet of vertical ...
    •  30 miles
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    The second-highest peak in California, after Whitney, and fifth-highest in the contiguous United States. Mount Williamson ...

  • #16 San Gorgonio Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Mentone, CA

    Views from the desert to the Pacific. San Gorgonio Mountain makes for a long day; start early or plan to camp along the way.
    •  14 miles
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    Views from the desert to the Pacific. San Gorgonio Mountain makes for a long day; start early or plan to camp along the ...

  • #17 Mount Shasta

    0 Reviews

    Mount Shasta, CA

    Mount Shasta is the second highest of the Cascade volcanoes, and is the centerpiece of a recently-established wilderness area. Like its relatives farther north, Shasta was formed by various eruptions ...
    •  Times vary by chosen route
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    Mount Shasta is the second highest of the Cascade volcanoes, and is the centerpiece of a recently-established wilderness ...

  • #18 Lone Pine Peak

    0 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    The best views of more peaks than from just about anywhere else in the Sierra. Long Pine Peak affords vistas that range from Mount Langley to Mount Russell and beyond. Lone Pine Peak is the ...
    •  11 miles
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    The best views of more peaks than from just about anywhere else in the Sierra. Long Pine Peak affords vistas that range from ...

  • #19 Eureka Peak

    1 Reviews

    Graeagle, CA

    A prime representative of the transition peaks between the northern volcanoes and the Sierra range. At Eureka Peak, forested slopes give way to sheer andesite cliffs and blocks. The climb affords ...
    •  6.6 miles
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    A prime representative of the transition peaks between the northern volcanoes and the Sierra range. At Eureka Peak, forested ...

  • #20 Mount Tom (from Horton Lake)

    1 Reviews

    Bishop, CA

    A huge peak (the biggest) as seen from the town of Bishop. Mount Tom commands views of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens Valley, and the White Mountains. Mount Tom is big. It’s large when seen from ...
    •  14 miles
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    A huge peak (the biggest) as seen from the town of Bishop. Mount Tom commands views of the Sierra Nevada, the Owens Valley, ...