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Clear Lake Area
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Clear Lake Area

 
Clear Lake Area

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.05407°N / 122.77747°W

Object Title: Clear Lake Area

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7056 ft / 2151 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jul 28, 2014 / Sep 12, 2014

Object ID: 906643

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Overview

 
Big skies over Clear Lake
Storm clearing over Clear Lake
The purpose of this page is to provide an area page for the high points surrounding this prominent body of water in Lake County.
Clear Lake is a large complex lake in the north Coast Range a few hours north of the SF bay area.
It is the 2nd largest fresh water lake in California after Lake Tahoe fed by a multitude of streams and springs with the only outlet being Cache Creek flowing east into the Central Valley.
The  Lake is 19 miles long, 8 miles wide at it's widest point with an average depth of 27 ft., 60 ft. max. depth. Lake elevation 1,326'.
Clear Lake is believed to be as much as  500,000 years old making it one of the oldest lakes in North America.
The lake was even bigger extending to the northwest but volcanic activity changed the topography and blocked off the portion that partially still remains as the Blue Lakes. The lake sits on a huge block tilting to the north. Hence the higher mountains of the Mendocino National Forest.

These high points are all walk up hikes. If you go off trail the main challenges are dense brush, forested mountains and private property.
For this page the boundaries are extended to provide an area to include a larger collection of surrounding mountains and ridges.
The western boundary the Mayacamas Mountains, the eastern boundary the Cortina Ridge. To the north Snow Mountain and to the south Mt. St. Helena and the Palisades. 
Snow Mtn. from Clark Peak
Snow Mtn. from Clark Peak
 
Mt. St. Helena from across Napa Valley
Mt. St. Helena from Napa Valley

Getting There

 
Golden Hour above Clear Lake
Golden Hour above Clear Lake northeast shore
From Interstate 5 at Williams: Take Hwy 20 west into the mountains 37 miles to the junction with Hwy. 53 at the northeast side of the lake.

From I 5 out of Woodland: Take Hwy. 16 approximately 50 miles to the junction with Hwy. 20. Take 20 west to the junction with Hwy. 53.

From Calistoga: Take Hwy. 29 35 miles to Lower Lake.

From Hwy. 101 at Ukiah: Take Hwy 101 north then Hwy. 20 a total of 26.5 miles to Upper Lake.

Red Tape

 
Satellite image of Clear Lake
Satellite image of Clear Lake
 
Across Clear Lake to Pine Mtn. and Mt. Konocti from Hogback Ridge summit
Northwest Clear Lake from Hogback Ridge
The red tape varies from what type of land. National Forest, State Parks, County Parks, Wilderness areas and private property. Check in external links.

Camping

 
Late afternoon above Clear Lake
Borax Ridge east Clear Lake
Clear Lake State Park offers the only Campground by the south side of the lake near Mt. Konocti.

For Mendocino National Forest camping click here.

For Cache Creek possiblilities click here.

List of area High Points

 
Sunset  over Clear Lake
Sunset over Clear Lake from the northeast shore
 
Over Pine Mtn. and Clear Lake from High Valley Ridge
Over Pine Mtn. from High Valley Ridge
 
Northwest Clear Lake
Northwest from Sulfur Bank Ridge
  
Mt. Konocti from the east
Mt. Konocti from Konocti  Bay
This is a collection of prominent named high points moving clockwise around Clear Lake. This first draft is open to expansion. Some of them have pages on SP.

South of Clear Lake

Mount St. Helena, 4,343'
Table Rock, 2,462'
The Palisades, 2,925'
Browns Hill, 2,788'
Sugarloaf Mountain, 2,988'
Table Mountain, 2,865'
Three Peaks, 2,675'
McGuire Peak, 2,785
Snelly Peak, 2,123'
Pine Mountain, 3,600' (north of St. Helena)
Red Hill 2,527'
Castle Rock 2,662'
Black Mountain, 3,128'
Geyser Peak, 3,458'
Harbin Mountain, 2,585'
Boggs Mountain, 3,720'
Cobb Mountain, 4,706'
Seigler Mountain, 3,680'
Mount Hannah, 3,978'
Mount Konocti, 4,299'
Clark Peak, 2,900'

West of Clear Lake

Lakeport Peak, 21,160'
Red Mountain, 3,389'
Cow Mountain Ridge, 3,572'
Shell Peak, 2,704'
White Rock Mountain, 2,690'
Sleeper Peak, 2,800'
Hell's Peak, 2,325'
Hunter Point, 2,964'

North of Clear Lake

Hogback Ridge, 2,978'
Pine Mountain, 2,533'
High Valley Ridge, 3,484'
Wolf Creek Ridge, 3,120'
Rocky Ridge, 3,880'
Evans Peak, 4,002'
Pine Mountain (Rupert Ridge), 4,420'
Pinnacle Rock, 4,618'
Little Pinnacle, 4,524'
Windy Point, 4,772'
Youngs Peak, 3,683'
Horse Mountain, 4,683;
Goat Mountain , 6,121'
Pacific Ridge, 5,568'
Snow Mountain, 7,056'

East of Clear Lake

Pine Mountain, 2,196'
Quackenbush Mountain, 2,140'
Bally Peak, 2,288'
Brushy Sky High, 3,196'
Grizzly Peak, 3,000'
Jim Dollar Mountain, 2,394'
Petticoat Mountain, 2,121'
Buck Mountain, 2,780'
Baldy Mountain, 2,220'
Round Mountain, 1,906'
Cold Springs Mountain, 3,587'
Jackson Mountain (Cortina Ridge), 2,790'
Cache BM, 2,805' (Cortina Ridge)
Glacock Mountain, 2,540'
Fiske Peak, 2,868'
Lowery, 3,038'

Clear Lake Weather

 
Mt. Konocti from an orchard
Mt. Konocti from an orchard to the southeast
Summers are hot and dry. Winters are cold and wet with occasional snow.
Click here for the current weather and 10 day forecast

External Links

 
North from Pinnacle Rock
North from Pinnacle Rock
 
Looking down on Buckingham Peak from Konocti summit
North from Mt. Konocti's Wright Peak

Mount Konocti County Park
Cache Creek Wilderness
Boggs Mountain State Forest
Robert Louis Stevenson State
Mendocino National Forest

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