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U.S. State High Points

Showing Jim Retemeyer's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (49 out of 50, or 98%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1972-09-01
2.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1991-07-13
3.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada1991-09-24
4.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1992-06-01
5.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1992-06-23
6.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1992-06-24
6.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-06-24
8.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-06-25
9.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-06-26
10.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-28
10.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1992-06-28
10.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-28
13.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-29
13.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-29
13.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-29
16.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1992-06-30
17.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1992-07-01
17.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1992-07-01
17.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1992-07-01
20.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1993-05-30
21.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1993-06-01
22.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1993-06-02
23.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1993-06-04
24.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1993-06-05
25.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1994-05-28
26.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1994-05-29
27.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1994-05-30
27.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1994-05-30
29.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1994-05-31
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1994-05-31
31.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1994-06-01
31.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1994-06-01
33.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1994-06-03
34.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1994-07-22
35.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1994-07-25
36.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1995-07-04
37.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1995-07-25
38.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-07-31
39.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1995-08-11
40.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-24
41.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-25
42.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-27
43.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1999-08-12
44.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1999-09-11
45.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1999-09-13
46.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2000-08-07
47.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2005-06-06
48.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies2007-07-24
49.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies2012-08-07
 AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range 

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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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