A 52 Completer Could be in the Future Thanks to California Ballot Measure to Split State into Three

Thanks, Devin Cook

Mt. San Antonio (10,068 ft) may have the opportunity to replace Mt. Whitney as the highpoint of California after enough signatures were submitted to allow Californians to vote on a ballot measure to split the Golden State into three.

The three states would be named California, Northern California and Southern California.

Mt. San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy, the highest point in Los Angeles County, would be the highpoint of the new California.  Mt. Whitney would retain its status as a highpoint, only now being the highest point in Southern California.  Mt. Shasta, another 14er in California at 14,179 ft, would be the highest point in Northern California.

So, could becoming a 52 Completer be in a highpointer’s future?  Many experts warn that you may not want to put your crampons on yet.  Should the measure pass, it would almost be certain to head for a court date.  Depending on that outcome, the California Legislature may have to approve the measure, never mind the United States Congress, which once failed to act on a measure to split California into two states in the decade prior to the start of the Civil War.

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1 Response to A 52 Completer Could be in the Future Thanks to California Ballot Measure to Split State into Three

  1. David Odenwalder says:

    San Gorgonio is supposedly the highest point in southern California (as now constituted). It’s over 11,000 feet, as I recall. San Antonio/Baldy and San Jacinto are both lower. But again, I’m not familiar with how the proposed division of the state might take place. I’d guess that San Gorgonio – maybe 3o to 50 miles east and slightly south of San Antonio – would be in the same state as its two rivals.

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