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U.S. State High Points

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 3)
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3370Appalachian Plateaus
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2377Northern U.S. Appalachians
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-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: 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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