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Gabilan Range

Gabilan Range
Gabilan Range panorama.
Highest point
Peak Fremont Peak
Elevation 1,053 m (3,455 ft)
Gabilan Range is located in California
Gabilan Range
Location of Gabilan Range in California [1]
Country United States
State California
District San Benito County & Monterey County
Range coordinates
Topo map USGS Mount Johnson

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


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, 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, gavilan (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.

See also

The southern Gabilan Mountains,
in Pinnacles National Park.


  1. ^ "Gabilan Range".  
  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.  

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