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United States State High Points (plus DC)

Showing Paul Michelson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (37 out of 51, or 72.55%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains2009-10-03
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range1983-09-25
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii2010-07-03
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains2009-10-01
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 Range1983-08-20
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains2009-05-29
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains2010-04-30
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains2008-08-21
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians1997-07-14
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2010-04-30
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2009-10-03
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains2009-09-30
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2008-08-23
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2008-08-22
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2008-08-21
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains2009-09-30
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2008-08-22
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains2009-05-28
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2011-05-05
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3380Appalachian Plateaus2008-08-23
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2008-08-23
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2016-03-27 a
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges2008-11-29
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians2011-05-05
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area2009-07-01
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area2009-04-06
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2010-05-01
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands2006-01-10
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains2009-05-29
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area2008-07-25
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area2008-04-05
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2011-05-05
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus2008-04-11
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands2008-04-11
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2008-05-07
50.District of ColumbiaReno Reservoir415Blue Ridge Mountains2006-04-14
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast2008-11-29

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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'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.


     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)
       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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