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Clear Lake Area

 
Clear Lake Area

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.04900°N / 122.825°W

Object Title: Clear Lake Area

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 1326 ft / 404 m

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jul 28, 2014 / May 28, 2015

Object ID: 906643

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Overview

 
West to Clear Lake
Clear Lake from Bald Mountain, Borax Lake foreground
The purpose of this page is to provide an area page for the high points surrounding this prominent body of water in Lake County. It also rounds up a good number of peaks in the North Coast Range for which there is no area page.

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 leading to the higher mountains of the Mendocino National Forest.

For a geological history of Clear Lake click here
For a further description of the Mayacamas Mountains and general area go to Bubba Suess's page The Palisades.
These high points are almost all walk up hikes often on forest roads leading to the top of to many of these mountains. If you go off trail the main challenges are dense brush, forests 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 and Blue Ridge. To the north Snow Mountain, St. John Mountain and and Hull Mountain the high points of the southern portion of the Mendocino National Forest and to the south Mt. St. Helena and the Palisades. 
Snow Mtn. from Clark Peak
Snow Mtn. from Clark Peak, south side of Clear Lake
 
Mt. St. Helena from across Napa Valley
Mt. St. Helena from Napa Valley

Getting There

 
Snow and Goat Mountain from south of Clear Lake
Mendocino National Forest north of Clear Lake
 
Map of Clear Lake  area
From Interstate 5 at Williams: Take Hwy 20 west into the mountains 37 miles to the junction with Hwy. 53 at the east 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 north 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

 
A swell Mary Poppins kind of view
East to Long Valley from Pinnacle Rock
The red tape varies from what type of land. National Forest, State Parks, County Parks, Wilderness areas and private property. Check in external links.

A word about hiking forested mountains: Always get back before dark!
SARed in the Dead of Night

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

 
Palisades Napa Valley
Palisades from Napa Valley.
 
Clear Lake sunrise
Sunrise from Lakeport
 
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. The ones with links have pages on SP.

South of Clear Lake

Mount St. Helena, 4,343'
Table Rock, 2,462'
The Palisades, 2,925'
Duff 2,576'
Browns Hill, 2,788'
Sugarloaf Mountain, 2,988'
Table Mountain, 2,865'
"Calistoga Ridge", 1,600+ '
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, 3,740'
Cobb Mountain, 4,728'
Seigler Mountain, 3,691'
Mount Hannah, 3,978'
Mount Konocti, 4,299'
Clark Peak, 2,900'

West of Clear Lake

Lakeport Peak, 2,180'
Red Mountain, 3,389'
Cow Mountain, 3,924'
Cow Mountain Ridge, 3,572'
Mendo Rock, 3,377'
Shell Peak, 2,704'
White Rock Mountain, 2,690'
Middle Mountain, 3,735'
Sleeper Peak, 2,800'
Hell's Peak, 2,325'
Hunter Point, 2,964'
Poe Mountain, 2,408'

North of Clear Lake

Hogback Ridge, 2,978'
Pine Mountain, 2,533'
High Valley Ridge, 3,491'
Wolf Creek Ridge, 3,120'
Rocky Ridge, 3,891'
Evans Peak, 4,002'
Pine Mountain (Rupert Ridge), 4,420'
High Glade 4,840'
Pinnacle Rock, 4,618'
Little Pinnacle, 4,524'
Windy Point, 4,772'
Youngs Peak, 3,683'
Horse Mountain, 4,686'
Elk Mountain, 4,191'
Goat Mountain , 6,121'
Pacific Ridge, 5,568'
Sanhedrin Mountain (Big Signal Peak), 6,175'
Hull Mountain, 6,873'
St. John Mountain, 6,746'
Snow Mountain, 7,056'

East of Clear Lake

Bald 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 Spring Mountain, 3,587'
Little Blue Peak, 3,120'
Jackson Mountain (Cortina Ridge), 2,790'
Cache BM, 2,805' (Cortina Ridge)
Glascock Mountain, 2,540'
Fiske Peak, 2,868'
Lowery, 3,038'

Clear Lake Weather

 
Hull Mtn. 6,873  from Horse Mtn.
Hull Mountain above Lake Pillsbury
 
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 Park
Snow Mountain Wilderness
Cow Mountain Recreation Area
Clear Lake State Park

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