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U.S. State High Points

Showing Jonathan Leonard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (5 out of 50, or 10%)

RankStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.New HampshireMount Washington1917Northern U.S. Appalachians2004-07-10
2.New YorkMount Marcy1629Canadian Shield2005-07-23
3.VirginiaMount Rogers1746Blue Ridge Mountains2007-10-28
4.TennesseeClingmans Dome2025Blue Ridge Mountains2010-08-20
5.North CarolinaMount Mitchell2037Blue Ridge Mountains2012-06-08
 AlaskaDenali6190Alaska Range 
 CaliforniaMount Whitney4419Sierra Nevada 
 ColoradoMount Elbert4399Southern Rocky Mountains 
 WashingtonMount Rainier4392Cascade Range 
 WyomingGannett Peak4207Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 HawaiiMauna Kea4205Hawaii 
 UtahKings Peak4123Western Rocky Mountains 
 New MexicoWheeler Peak4011Southern Rocky Mountains 
 NevadaBoundary Peak4005Great Basin Ranges 
 MontanaGranite Peak3901Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 IdahoBorah Peak3859Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains 
 ArizonaHumphreys Peak3851Colorado Plateau 
 OregonMount Hood3426Cascade Range 
 TexasGuadalupe Peak2667Southwest Basins and Ranges 
 South DakotaBlack Elk Peak2204Great Plains 
 NebraskaPanorama Point1654Great Plains 
 MaineKatahdin1606Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 OklahomaBlack Mesa1516Great Plains 
 West VirginiaSpruce Knob1482Appalachian Plateaus 
 GeorgiaBrasstown Bald1458Blue Ridge Mountains 
 VermontMount Mansfield1339Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 KentuckyBlack Mountain1262Appalachian Plateaus 
 KansasMount Sunflower1231Great Plains 
 South CarolinaSassafras Mountain1083Blue Ridge Mountains 
 North DakotaWhite Butte1069Great Plains 
 MassachusettsMount Greylock1063Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MarylandBackbone Mountain1024Appalachian Plateaus 
 PennsylvaniaMount Davis979Appalachian Plateaus 
 ArkansasMagazine Mountain839Ozark Highlands 
 AlabamaCheaha Mountain733Appalachian Ridges 
 ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope723Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MinnesotaEagle Mountain701Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 MichiganMount Arvon603Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 WisconsinTimms Hill595Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 New JerseyHigh Point550Appalachian Ridges 
 MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain540Ozark Highlands 
 IowaHawkeye Point509Great Plains 
 OhioCampbell Hill472Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IndianaHoosier Hill383Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IllinoisCharles Mound376Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill247Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MississippiWoodall Mountain246Appalachian Plateaus 
 LouisianaDriskill Mountain163Ozark Highlands 
 DelawareEbright Azimuth135Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 FloridaBritton Hill105Piedmont-Southeast Coast 

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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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