Gabilan Range

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Gabilan Range
Gabilan Range is located in California
Gabilan Range
Location of Gabilan Range in California [1]
Highest point
Elevation 1,053 m (3,455 ft)
Country United States
State California
District San Benito County & Monterey County
Range coordinates 36°36′40″N 121°18′53″W / 36.6111°N 121.3147°W / 36.6111; -121.3147Coordinates: 36°36′40″N 121°18′53″W / 36.6111°N 121.3147°W / 36.6111; -121.3147
Topo map USGS Mount Johnson

The Gabilan Range or Gabilan Mountains are in the Southern Inner California Coast Ranges System, in central California.

They trend in a northwest-southeast direction along the Monterey County and San Benito County line. It is bordered by the Diablo Range, the San Andreas Fault, and State Route 25 to the east and by the Salinas Valley, Santa Lucia Range, and U.S. Route 101 to the west.

The range is home to Fremont Peak and the Pinnacles National Park, and contains several peaks over 3,000 feet.

In Spanish, gavilan (gabilan is an older alternate rendering) means "sparrow hawk".[2][3] Hawks, especially the red-tailed hawk, are common to the range.

The Gabilan Mountains and other nearby places are mentioned in several novels by John Steinbeck, such as Of Mice and Men and East of Eden. In The Red Pony notably, the main character (Jody Tiflin) names his pony "Gabilan" after the mountain range.


  1. ^ "Gabilan Range". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 133. 
  3. ^ Gudde, Edwin G. (2004). California place names: The origin and etymology of current geographical names. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.