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U.S. State High Points

Showing Michael Schwartz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (47 out of 50, or 94%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1950
2.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1958-07
2.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1958-07
4.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1963
4.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1963
4.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1963
7.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1964-07
8.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1964-07-13
8.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1964-07-13
10.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1964-07-17
11.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1965-04-13
12.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1965-04-15
12.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1965-04-15
14.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
14.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
14.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
17.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1967-09-08
17.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1967-09-08
19.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1967-09-10
20.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1967-09-12
21.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1967-09-13
22.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1967-09-14
22.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1967-09-14
24.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1967-09-15
24.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1967-09-15
26.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1968-07-08
27.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1968-07-11
28.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1969-07-04
29.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada1969-08-31
30.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1969-09-20
31.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1970-09-11
32.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1971-08-06
33.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1971-08-09
34.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1971-08-10
34.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1971-08-10
36.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1971-08-11
37.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1971-08-12
38.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1971-08-13
39.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1971-08-16
40.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1971-08-17
41.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1975-10-08
42.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1981-08-05
43.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1981-09-24
44.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1986-08-27
45.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1993-06-19
46.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1993-06-27
47.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1993-09-01
 AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range 
 WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 

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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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