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U.S. State High Points

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RankStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaMount McKinley6194Alaska Range 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob1482Appalachian Plateaus 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain1262Appalachian Plateaus 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain1024Appalachian Plateaus 
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis979Appalachian Plateaus 
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain246Appalachian Plateaus 
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain733Appalachian Ridges 
40.New JerseyHigh Point550Appalachian Ridges 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell2037Blue Ridge Mountains 
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome2025Blue Ridge Mountains 
19.VirginiaMount Rogers1746Blue Ridge Mountains 
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald1458Blue Ridge Mountains 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain1083Blue Ridge Mountains 
21.New YorkMount Marcy1629Canadian Shield 
4.WashingtonMount Rainier4392Cascade Range 
13.OregonMount Hood3426Cascade Range 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak3851Colorado Plateau 
9.NevadaBoundary Peak4005Great Basin Ranges 
15.South DakotaHarney Peak2207Great Plains 
20.NebraskaPanorama Point1654Great Plains 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa1516Great Plains 
28.KansasMount Sunflower1231Great Plains 
30.North DakotaWhite Butte1069Great Plains 
42.IowaHawkeye Point509Great Plains 
5.WyomingGannett Peak4207Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
10.MontanaGranite Peak3901Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea4205Hawaii 
11.IdahoBorah Peak3859Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain701Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
38.MichiganMount Arvon603Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill595Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
43.OhioCampbell Hill472Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
44.IndianaHoosier Hill383Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
45.IllinoisCharles Mound376Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
18.New HampshireMount Washington1917Northern U.S. Appalachians 
22.MaineKatahdin1606Northern U.S. Appalachians 
26.VermontMount Mansfield1339Northern U.S. Appalachians 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock1063Northern U.S. Appalachians 
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope723Northern U.S. Appalachians 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill247Northern U.S. Appalachians 
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth135Northern U.S. Appalachians 
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain839Ozark Highlands 
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain540Ozark Highlands 
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain163Ozark Highlands 
50.FloridaBritton Hill105Piedmont-Southeast Coast 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney4418Sierra Nevada 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert4399Southern Rocky Mountains 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak4011Southern Rocky Mountains 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak2667Southwest Basins and Ranges 
7.UtahKings Peak4123Western Rocky Mountains1994

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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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