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U.S. State High Points

Showing Steve Mueller's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (50 out of 50, or 100%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains1972-05-27
2.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1972-08-03
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1982-08-13
4.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1992-08-24
5.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1993-06-27
6.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1994-09-03
7.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1994-10-01
8.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1994-12-18
9.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies1995-08-06
10.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1995-09-24
11.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1996-05-26
12.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1996-06-09
13.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-06-30
14.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1996-07-31
15.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies1996-08-07
16.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1996-08-11
17.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1996-10-13
18.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1996-10-24
19.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1996-10-25
20.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1996-10-26
21.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1996-10-27
22.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1997-04-13
23.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range1997-06-30
24.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1997-11-09
25.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1997-11-09
26.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1998-05-03
27.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1998-05-04
28.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1998-05-04
29.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1998-05-05
30.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1998-05-05
31.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1998-05-06
32.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1998-05-07
33.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1998-05-08
34.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1998-05-08
35.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1998-05-08
36.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1998-05-09
37.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1998-05-26
38.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1998-05-27
39.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1998-08-16
40.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1998-08-30
41.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-26
42.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-26
43.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1998-09-27
44.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-28
45.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-29
46.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-09-30
47.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-10-02
48.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1998-10-03
49.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1998-10-03
50.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1999-02-05

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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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