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Illinois County High Points

Showing Josh Carlson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (84 out of 102, or 82.35%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
39.WillHickory Benchmark830Michigan Lower Peninsula1402012-04-21
42.IroquoisIroquois County High Point820Michigan Lower Peninsula182012-01-16
1.Jo DaviessCharles Mound1235Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains952004-05-31
2.McHenryMcHenry County High Point1190Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains280 
3.StephensonStephenson County High Point1160Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602014-12-28
4.KaneKane County High Point1066Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1662015-03-11
6.CarrollCarroll County High Point1063Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1832014-12-28
7.BooneBoone County High Point1050Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains60 
8.OgleHardpan Ridge1024Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains62014-12-28
10.LeeLee County High Point1000Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602015-03-09
12.DeKalbDeKalb County High Point990Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains782013-10-27
12.WinnebagoWinnebago County High Point990Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains102012-03-08
14.LakeGander Mountain957Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains672011-05-15
15.BureauBureau County High Point955Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains301 
17.CookCook County High Point950Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1702015-03-11
19.LaSalleLa Salle County High Point920Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1102015-03-09
20.MarshallMarshall County High Point906Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1342014-01-14
22.PikePike County High Point880Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains2502012-12-07
24.HenryHenry County High Point877Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1172010-10-10
25.StarkStark County High Point876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains352014-01-14
25.WhitesideHinrichs Benchmark876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1332014-12-28
27.KnoxPilot Knob870Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains902010-09-12
29.AdamsAdams County High Point860Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains302012-12-07
32.DuPageDuPage County High Point850Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 2015-03-11
39.PeoriaPeoria County High Point830Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains802014-01-14
42.MercerMercer County High Point820Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains602010-08-28
45.CalhounCalhoun County High Point813Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains183 
47.Rock IslandRock Island County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 2010-08-28
47.WarrenWarren County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains982011-12-17
47.BrownBrown County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 2014-02-22
47.KendallKendall County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602015-02-21
52.McDonoughMcDonough County High Point801Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains42011-12-17
53.HendersonHenderson County High Point800Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains82012-02-17
56.FultonFulton County High Point780Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains202015-04-18
62.HancockHancock County High Point760Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1102014-02-22
66.SchuylerSchuyler County High Point750Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1002015-01-20
77.GrundyGrundy County High Point700Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 2013-12-04
5.PopeWilliams Hill1064South and Central Illinois6242013-04-03
9.UnionBald Knob1020South and Central Illinois440 
10.SalineHorton Hill1000South and Central Illinois4002013-04-03
15.McLeanMcLean County High Point955South and Central Illinois2782012-01-16
18.GallatinHigh Knob929South and Central Illinois3292013-04-03
21.JerseyJersey County High Point900South and Central Illinois3172014-03-08
22.HardinHigh Knob-South Ridge880South and Central Illinois02013-04-03
28.FordFord County High Point866South and Central Illinois452012-01-16
29.JohnsonJohnson County High Point860South and Central Illinois280 
31.ChampaignYankee Ridge855South and Central Illinois1202012-05-02
32.TazewellTazewell County High Point850South and Central Illinois80 
32.WoodfordWoodford County High Point850South and Central Illinois 2014-08-24
35.AlexanderDago Hill SSW840South and Central Illinois247 
35.JacksonJackson County High Point840South and Central Illinois80 
37.EdgarKansas Benchmark837South and Central Illinois1802014-06-05
37.LivingstonLivingston County High Point837South and Central Illinois352015-02-21
39.MonroeMonroe County High Point830South and Central Illinois2902015-04-18
42.ShelbyWilliamsburg Hill820South and Central Illinois1902013-02-14
46.DeWittDe Witt County High Point811South and Central Illinois192013-02-14
47.PiattPiatt County High Point810South and Central Illinois352014-02-21
54.ChristianRosamond Grove Cemetery797South and Central Illinois1402013-02-14
55.VermilionVermilion County High Point795South and Central Illinois652014-02-21
57.ClarkClark County High Point778South and Central Illinois162014-06-05
57.ColesColes County High Point778South and Central Illinois 2014-06-05
57.MontgomeryMontgomery County High Point778South and Central Illinois522013-02-14
60.MoultrieMoultrie County High Point774South and Central Illinois 2014-06-05
61.LoganElkhart Hill771South and Central Illinois1792013-03-18
63.KankakeeKankakee County High Point755South and Central Illinois532012-01-16
63.MaconMacon County High Point755South and Central Illinois482013-02-14
65.PutnamPutnam County High Point753South and Central Illinois1012013-12-04
67.RandolphRandolph County High Point740South and Central Illinois120 
68.MasonMason County High Point730South and Central Illinois1682015-01-20
69.DouglasDouglas County High Point723South and Central Illinois322014-06-04
70.MorganThe Mound722South and Central Illinois922012-12-07
71.WilliamsonWilliamson County High Point720South and Central Illinois40 
72.SangamonBettis Benchmark715South and Central Illinois72014-02-22
73.ScottSand Benchmark711South and Central Illinois1732014-02-22
74.FayetteFayette County High Point710South and Central Illinois602013-02-14
75.CumberlandCumberland County High Point709South and Central Illinois142014-06-05
75.GreeneGreene County High Point709South and Central Illinois1292014-03-08
77.MacoupinMacoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois162015-04-17
 Macoupin or South Macoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois  
77.Saint ClairSaint Clair County High Point700South and Central Illinois302015-04-17
80.EffinghamMound Benchmark682South and Central Illinois722014-06-05
81.CassCass County High Point680South and Central Illinois582015-01-20
82.BondBond County High Point670South and Central Illinois502013-06-01
83.MadisonMadison County High Point662South and Central Illinois 2015-04-18
84.MenardMenard County High Point660South and Central Illinois582013-08-30
85.MarionMarion County High Point656South and Central Illinois772013-04-03
86.ClayClay County High Point646South and Central Illinois67 
87.CrawfordCrawford County High Point640South and Central Illinois902014-06-05
87.JeffersonJefferson County High Point640South and Central Illinois1102013-04-03
89.LawrenceRed Hills Chapel630South and Central Illinois1532014-06-05
90.JasperJasper County High Point627South and Central Illinois272014-06-05
91.HamiltonHamilton County High Point620South and Central Illinois100 
92.FranklinFranklin County High Point604South and Central Illinois142013-04-03
93.WayneWayne County High Point603South and Central Illinois73 
94.RichlandRichland County High Point601South and Central Illinois912014-06-05
95.PerryPerry County High Point600South and Central Illinois70 
95.WashingtonWashington County High Point600South and Central Illinois582013-06-01
97.ClintonPelican Pouch595South and Central Illinois138 
98.EdwardsEdwards County High Point590South and Central Illinois1502013-04-04
98.MassacMassac County High Point590South and Central Illinois10 
98.WabashWabash County High Point590South and Central Illinois902013-04-04
101.WhiteBoyd Hill580South and Central Illinois1502013-04-04
102.PulaskiPulaski County High Point520South and Central Illinois0 

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in Illinois, then you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1997 by Andy Martin, David Olson, and John Mitchler.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks and sub-areas provided by John Hasch via the web site, and manually verified. I manually located the 62 points for Calhoun County.


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