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U.S. State High Points

Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (43 out of 50, or 86%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky MountainsUnknown
1.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin RangesUnknown
1.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian PlateausUnknown
4.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada1963-09-24
5.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1970-07-16
6.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1972-07-30
7.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies1973-07-28
8.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range1984-06-08
9.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains2001
9.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area2001
11.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2001-03-18
12.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2002
12.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002
12.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands2002
12.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002
16.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2003
16.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains2003
16.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area2003
16.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area2003
20.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area2003-06-15
21.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges2004
21.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains2004
21.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains2004
21.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains2004
21.MarylandBackbone Mountain3380Appalachian Plateaus2004
21.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2004
27.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians2004-06-11
28.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2005
28.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2005
28.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians2005
28.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2005
28.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2005
33.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains2006
33.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains2006
33.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2006
33.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2006
33.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2006
33.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges2006
33.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus2006
40.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast2006-05
41.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2011-06-02
42.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2011-06-07
43.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands2011-06-16
 ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains 
 WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range 
 UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range 
 New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield 
 MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians 

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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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