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U.S. State High Points

Showing Greg Slayden's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (50 out of 50, or 100%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range1997-05-27
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada1989-06-13 a
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1989-04-25 b
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1994-07-20 b
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies1994-08-01
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1993-12-04
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1989-05-19
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1989-05-09 c
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1989-06-10
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies1991-08-26
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1991-08-23
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1989-05-04 b
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1989-06-21
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1989-05-06
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1989-05-12 a
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1984-08-18 b
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1980-07-21
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1975-08-05 a
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1984-08-18 a
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1989-05-10
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1984-06-25 e
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1987-07-04 b
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1989-04-23
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1984-06-02 c
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1984-08-19 a
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1984-06-24
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1984-08-19 b
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1989-04-24
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1984-08-18 c
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1989-05-13
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1984-09-22 b
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1984-06-02 a
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1984-07-14 b
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1992-03-13
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1989-04-19 b
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1984-09-22 a
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1989-06-26
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1989-06-28
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1989-06-27
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1978-08-07
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1992-03-12
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1989-06-25
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1984-07-14 a
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1984-07-13
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-03-10
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1984-09-22 c
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1989-04-20 b
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1995-03-04
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1984-05-11
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1991-02-07

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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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