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 or drive 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, south side of Clear Lake
Mt. St. Helena from Napa Valley
Mendocino National Forest north of Clear Lake 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.
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.
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
Borax Ridge east Clear LakeClear 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 from Napa Valley.
Sunrise from Lakeport
Sunset over Clear Lake from the northeast shore
Over Pine Mtn. from High Valley Ridge
Northwest from Sulfur Bank Ridge
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
Browns Hill, 2,788'
Sugarloaf Mountain, 2,988'
Table Mountain, 2,865'
, 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'
Seigler Mountain, 3,691'
West of Clear Lake
Red Mountain, 3,389'
Cow Mountain, 3,924'
Cow Mountain Ridge
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'
North of Clear Lake
High Valley Ridge
Wolf Creek Ridge,
Rocky Ridge, 3,891'
Evans Peak, 4,002'
Pine Mountain (Rupert Ridge), 4,420'
Little Pinnacle, 4,524'
Youngs Peak, 3,683'
Goat Mountain , 6,121'
Pacific Ridge, 5,568'
Sanhedrin Mountain (Big Signal Peak), 6,175'
East of Clear Lake
Bald Mountain, 2,196'
Quackenbush Mountain, 2,140'
Brushy Sky High, 3,196'
Jim Dollar Mountain, 2,394'
Petticoat Mountain, 2,121'
Buck Mountain, 2,780'
Baldy Mountain, 2,220'
Round Mountain, 1,906'
Cold Spring Mountain
Little Blue Peak
Jackson Mountain (Cortina Ridge), 2,790'
Cache BM, 2,805' (Cortina Ridge)
Clear Lake Weather
Hull Mountain above Lake Pillsbury
Mt. Konocti from an orchard to the southeast
Summers are hot and dry. Winters are cold and wet with occasional snow.