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United States State High Points (plus DC)

Showing Michael Schwartz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (48 out of 51, or 94.12%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1969-08-31
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1968-07-11
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1993-06-27
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1970-09-11
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1981-09-24
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1971-08-09
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1969-09-20
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1981-08-05
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1969-07-04
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1993-06-19
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1971-08-06
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains1971-08-12
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1958-08
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1958-08
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1965-04-15
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1971-08-11
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1963
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1971-08-10
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus1964-07-13
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1967-09-15
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1966-06
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1965-04-15
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1971-08-10
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1967-09-15
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1971-08-13
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1963
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus1965-04-13
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus1964-07-13
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1967-09-10
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1967-09-14
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians1964-07
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area1971-08-16
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area1993-09-01
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area1971-08-17
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1950
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands1967-09-08
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains1975-10-08
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area1964-07-17
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area1967-09-08
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area1968-07-08
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians1986-08-27
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1967-09-13
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1967-09-12
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians1963
50.District of ColumbiaReno Reservoir415Blue Ridge Mountains1971
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1967-09-14

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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's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Rockies. Another five or so (Rhode island, Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission.

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 the high point of the District of Columbia, which in many matters is a state equivalent.

Links

     Highpointers Club -- U.S. State High Points

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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