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U.S. State High Points

Showing David Olson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (32 out of 50, or 64%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1984-09-01
2.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1985-03-10
3.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1985-12-24
4.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1985-12-29
5.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1986-07-05
6.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1986-12-29
7.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1987-02-01
8.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada1988-09-03
9.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1988-12-22
10.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1988-12-24
11.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1988-12-28
12.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1988-12-30
13.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1991-07-06
14.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1993-08-28
15.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1994-12-11
16.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1994-12-28
17.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1994-12-29
18.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1995-12-31
19.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1996-01-01
20.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-27
21.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-31
22.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-12-30
23.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-12-31
24.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1997-07-21
25.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1999-11-12
26.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus2001-07-27
27.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2001-07-28
28.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2005-05-01
29.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2011-03-21
30.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2017-03-11 3
31.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians2017-05-21 3
32.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2017-07-20 3
 AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range 
 WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range 
 WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains 
 OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range 
 North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains 
 TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains 
 New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains 
 New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield 
 MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains 
 VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus 
 South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains 
 New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges 
 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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