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Illinois County High Points

Showing Josh Carlson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (102 out of 102, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Jo DaviessCharles Mound1235Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains952004-05-31
2.McHenryMcHenry County High Point1190Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains2802015-10-24
3.StephensonStephenson County High Point1160Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602014-12-28
4.KaneKane County High Point1066Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1662015-03-11
5.PopeWilliams Hill1064South and Central Illinois6242013-04-03
6.CarrollCarroll County High Point1063Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1832014-12-28
7.BooneBoone County High Point1050Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains602015-10-24
8.OgleHardpan Ridge1024Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains62014-12-28
9.UnionBald Knob1020South and Central Illinois4402015-10-08
10.LeeLee County High Point1000Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602015-03-09
10.SalineHorton Hill1000South and Central Illinois4002013-04-03
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 Plains3012015-11-07
15.McLeanMcLean County High Point955South and Central Illinois2782012-01-16
17.CookCook County High Point950Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1702015-03-11
18.GallatinHigh Knob929South and Central Illinois3292013-04-03
19.LaSalleLa Salle County High Point920Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1102015-03-09
20.MarshallMarshall County High Point906Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1342014-01-14
21.JerseyJersey County High Point897South and Central Illinois3102014-03-08
22.HardinHigh Knob-South Ridge880South and Central Illinois02013-04-03
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
28.FordFord County High Point866South and Central Illinois452012-01-16
29.AdamsAdams County High Point860Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains302012-12-07
29.JohnsonJohnson County High Point860South and Central Illinois2802015-10-08
31.ChampaignYankee Ridge855South and Central Illinois1202012-05-02
32.DuPageDuPage County High Point850Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02015-03-11
32.TazewellTazewell County High Point850South and Central Illinois802015-09-22
32.WoodfordWoodford County High Point850South and Central Illinois02014-08-24
35.AlexanderDago Hill SSW840South and Central Illinois2472015-10-08
35.JacksonJackson County High Point840South and Central Illinois802015-10-08
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
39.PeoriaPeoria County High Point830Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains802014-01-14
39.WillHickory Benchmark830Michigan Lower Peninsula1402012-04-21
42.ShelbyWilliamsburg Hill820South and Central Illinois1902013-02-14
42.IroquoisIroquois County High Point820Michigan Lower Peninsula182012-01-16
42.MercerMercer County High Point820Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains602010-08-28
45.CalhounCalhoun County High Point813Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1832015-10-26
46.DeWittDe Witt County High Point811South and Central Illinois192013-02-14
47.BrownBrown County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02014-02-22
47.KendallKendall County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1602015-02-21
47.PiattPiatt County High Point810South and Central Illinois352014-02-21
47.Rock IslandRock Island County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02010-08-28
47.WarrenWarren County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains982011-12-17
52.McDonoughMcDonough County High Point801Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains42011-12-17
53.HendersonHenderson County High Point800Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains82012-02-17
54.ChristianRosamond Grove Cemetery797South and Central Illinois1402013-02-14
55.VermilionVermilion County High Point795South and Central Illinois652014-02-21
56.FultonFulton County High Point780Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains202015-04-18
57.ClarkClark County High Point778South and Central Illinois162014-06-05
57.ColesColes County High Point778South and Central Illinois02014-06-05
57.MontgomeryMontgomery County High Point778South and Central Illinois522013-02-14
60.LoganElkhart Hill771South and Central Illinois1792013-03-18
61.MoultrieMoultrie County High Point770South and Central Illinois02014-06-05
62.HancockHancock County High Point760Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1102014-02-22
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
66.SchuylerSchuyler County High Point750Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1002015-01-20
67.RandolphRandolph County High Point740South and Central Illinois1202015-10-08
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 Illinois402015-10-08
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.GrundyGrundy County High Point700Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02013-12-04
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 Illinois02015-04-18
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 Illinois672015-10-27
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 Illinois1002015-10-08
92.FranklinFranklin County High Point604South and Central Illinois142013-04-03
93.WayneWayne County High Point603South and Central Illinois732015-10-27
94.RichlandRichland County High Point601South and Central Illinois912014-06-05
95.PerryPerry County High Point600South and Central Illinois702015-10-08
95.WashingtonWashington County High Point600South and Central Illinois582013-06-01
97.ClintonPelican Pouch595South and Central Illinois1382015-10-27
98.EdwardsEdwards County High Point590South and Central Illinois1502013-04-04
98.MassacMassac County High Point590South and Central Illinois102015-10-07
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 Illinois02015-10-08

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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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