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U.S. State High Points

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

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1981-08-10
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1983-07-21
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1993-07-27
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2009-03-13
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1995-08-31
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1995-08-10
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1995-08-16
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1994-08-16
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1995-08-14
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1979-10-07
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1995-08-12
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains1994-08-12
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1993-08-11
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1993-08-12
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-06-02
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1994-07-16
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1992-09-23
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1995-06-01
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-06-04
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1995-08-09
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1994-07-15
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1993-08-07
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1993-08-30
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1994-07-16
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1995-08-09
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1993-08-11
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1994-08-13
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. AppalachiansUnknown
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1994-07-15
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1993-08-27
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1995-03-17
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1993-08-08
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1993-08-31
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1994-08-10
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1994-08-09
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-10-03
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1992-10-11
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1995-03-16
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1994-08-11
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-10-30
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1992-10-30
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1994-10-22
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. AppalachiansUnknown
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1995-03-19
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1995-03-17
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1993-08-29
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1995-03-18

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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: Mount McKinley (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)

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

 


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