Gabilan Range

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Gabilan Range
Gabilan Range.JPG
Gabilan Range panorama.
Highest point
PeakFremont Peak
Elevation1,053 m (3,455 ft)
Gabilan Range is located in California
Gabilan Range
Location of Gabilan Range in California [1]
CountryUnited States
DistrictSan Benito County & Monterey County
Range coordinates36°36′39.864″N 121°18′52.750″W / 36.61107333°N 121.31465278°W / 36.61107333; -121.31465278Coordinates: 36°36′39.864″N 121°18′52.750″W / 36.61107333°N 121.31465278°W / 36.61107333; -121.31465278
Topo mapUSGS Mount Johnson

The Gabilan Range or Gabilan Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Inner California Coast Ranges System, located in Monterey County and San Benito County of central California. Pinnacles National Park is located in the southern section of the range.


Gabilan Mountains in Pinnacles National Park

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

Fremont Peak, at 3,455 feet (1,053 m) in elevation, is the range's highest point. There are several other peaks also over 3,000 feet (910 m) in the range.


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

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View west from the Gabilan Mountains, Pinnacles National Park


  1. ^ "Gabilan Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 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.

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