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U.S. State High Points

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

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1995-03-12
2.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1995-09-11
3.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-09-13
4.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-09-14
5.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1995-09-17
6.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1995-09-18
6.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1995-09-18
8.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1995-10-07
9.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-10-08
9.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-10-08
11.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1995-10-23
12.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-01-05
12.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-01-05
14.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1996-01-06
15.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1996-01-09
16.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1996-01-21
17.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1996-01-24
18.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1996-02-19
19.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1996-02-20
20.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1996-02-21
21.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1996-02-23
22.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1996-02-26
23.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1996-03-14
24.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1996-03-15
25.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1996-03-16
26.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1996-03-18
27.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1996-05-13
28.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-25
29.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-27
30.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-07-31
31.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains1996-08-27
32.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1996-10-06
33.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1997-07-04
34.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1997-08-01
35.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1997-08-08
36.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1997-08-12
37.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1997-08-23
38.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1997-08-25
39.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1997-09-02
40.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1997-09-05
41.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1997-09-19
42.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1998-06-28
43.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1998-07-25
44.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1998-07-29
45.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies1998-08-19
46.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-16
47.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1999-07-09
48.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies1999-08-18
49.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2000-07-27
 AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska 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: 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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