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U.S. State High Points

Showing Larry Williams's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (27 out of 50, or 54%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1983
2.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1995
3.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range1996
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1996
5.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1997
6.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1998
7.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1999
8.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2001
9.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains2005
9.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2005
9.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2005
9.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus2005
9.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2005
14.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2006
15.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains2007
15.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau2007
15.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges2007
15.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2007
15.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2007
20.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2008
20.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges2008
20.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains2008
20.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains2008
20.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2008
20.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2008
20.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2008
20.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2008
 WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains 
 VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains 
 North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains 
 MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges 
 ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges 
 MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands 
 IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains 
 OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus 
 LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands 
 DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast 

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List Description

The fifty state high points of the United States are an increasingly popular peakbagging pursuit. There is a club (the Highpointers) and several guidebooks to completing this diverse list of peaks.

Of the fifty high points, five require real mountaineering skills: Denali in Alaska; Washington state's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Northern Rockies. Another five or so (Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission or visiting on specially scheduled open access dates.

Most of the remaining state summits are easy hikes or drive-ups. Hiking the cool forests of the Appalachians, exploring the windy, lonely high plains, and backpacking above treeline in the western mountains are all part of the great fun of this scavenger hunt.

This list includes does not include the high point of the District of Columbia. This is the version the Highpointers Club recognizes.

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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