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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
 AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range 
 CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada 
 ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains 
 WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range 
 WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii 
 UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains 
 New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains 
 NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges 
 MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
 IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains 
 ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau 
 OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range 
 TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges 
 South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains 
 North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains 
 TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains 
 New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains 
 NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains 
 New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield 
 MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains 
 West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus 
 GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains 
 VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus 
 KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains 
 South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains 
 North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains 
 MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus 
 PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus 
 ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands 
 AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges 
 ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges 
 MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands 
 IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains 
 OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
 Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus 
 LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands 
 DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians 
 District of ColumbiaReno Reservoir415Blue Ridge Mountains 
 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'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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