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U.S. State High Points

Showing David J. Rhude's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (45 out of 50, or 90%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1978-03-22
2.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1980-06-04
3.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1988-09-18
4.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1994-07-30
5.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1995-03-26
6.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1995-07-23
7.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1995-08-07
8.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1996-08-07
9.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2005-08-01
9.MarylandBackbone Mountain3370Appalachian Plateaus2005-08-01
11.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2005-08-02
12.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2005-08-04
13.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2005-08-05
14.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-06-19
14.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2379Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-06-19
16.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2006-06-20
17.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area2010-05-08
17.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area2010-05-08
19.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2010-05-09
20.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains2010-05-10
20.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2010-05-10
22.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2010-05-11
22.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2010-05-11
24.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges2010-05-12
24.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast2010-05-12
26.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus2010-05-15
27.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands2010-05-16
27.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands2010-05-16
29.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains2010-07-29
30.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2010-10-14
31.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains2010-10-15
32.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains2010-10-16
33.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains2010-10-18
34.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2010-10-21
35.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau2010-11-17
36.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area2011-05-30
37.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2013-05-24
38.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians2013-05-26
39.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges2013-08-16
40.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2015-05-22
41.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2015-05-25
42.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains2017-07-30
43.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains2017-08-01
44.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2017-08-04
45.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2017-08-15
 AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range 
 WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range 
 WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade 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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