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West Virginia County High Points

Showing Richard Oestreicher's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (33 out of 55, or 60%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.PendletonSpruce Knob4861Spruce Mountain Area27812005-10-15
2.MarionMarion County High Point2002Laurel Highlands02008-10-17
3.MonongaliaSand Spring Lookout W2560Laurel Highlands02010-10-08
4.PrestonBackbone Mountain-Preston County High Point3400Northern Allegheny Mountains1002010-10-09
5.WetzelWetzel County High Point1680Southern Allegheny Plateau4202010-10-17
6.OhioOhio County High Point1420Southern Allegheny Plateau402010-12-04
6.BrookeIndependence Benchmark1372Southern Allegheny Plateau1722010-12-04
6.HancockHancock County High Point1363Southern Allegheny Plateau1832010-12-04
9.BerkeleyThird Hill Mountain2172North Central Appalachian Ridges11122011-03-04
10.TaylorTaylor County High Point2080Laurel Highlands02011-03-08
10.HarrisonCharity Benchmark Southeast1860Southern Allegheny Plateau1002011-03-08
10.GilmerLungshoal Benchmark1580Southern Allegheny Plateau4202011-03-08
13.MarshallTunnel Hill Northeast1602Southern Allegheny Plateau2502011-03-26
13.RitchieRitchie County High Point1435Southern Allegheny Plateau4752011-03-26
15.DoddridgeDoddridge County High Point1660Southern Allegheny Plateau4402011-04-15
15.TylerTyler County High Point1500Southern Allegheny Plateau2202011-04-15
17.PocahontasThorny Flat4848Shavers Fork Mountain Complex16882011-10-08
18.LewisLewis County High Point1960Western Allegheny Mountains2002012-03-02
19.SummersKeeney Knob3927Southern Allegheny Mountains14072012-03-03
19.NicholasHanging Rock3840Yew Mountains Area1852012-03-03
19.FayetteMyles Knob3460Southern Allegheny Mountains6202012-03-03
19.BraxtonRose Benchmark2183Western Allegheny Mountains1032012-03-03
23.RaleighIvy Knob3600Southern Allegheny Mountains14002012-03-04
23.WyomingIvy Knob3600Southern Allegheny Mountains14002012-03-04
23.BoonePilot Knob-Southwest Peak3555Southern Allegheny Mountains1952012-03-04
26.HampshireNathaniel Mountain-Southwest Peak3020North Central Appalachian Ridges2402013-03-11
27.JeffersonBlue Ridge-Wilson Gap South1713Northern Virginia Blue Ridge6232013-03-12
28.TuckerWeiss Knob4440Canaan Valley Area6002013-05-01
29.MingoHorsepen Mountain2524Southern Allegheny Mountains10822014-03-08
30.UpshurUpshur County High Point3160Western Allegheny Mountains02015-04-11
31.WoodWood County High Point1328Southern Allegheny Plateau3682015-05-29
32.WirtRuble Knob1320Southern Allegheny Plateau3792015-05-30
32.JacksonGarnes Knob1225Southern Allegheny Plateau3252015-05-30
 RandolphMount Porte Crayon4770Canaan Valley Area1570 
 GreenbrierGrassy Knob4360Yew Mountains Area920 
 GrantBell Knob4140Canaan Valley Area180 
 MonroePeters Mountain-Monroe County High Point4073South-Central Appalachian Ridges0 
 MercerBuckhorn Knob4069Garden-Brushy-East River Mountain Area749 
 WebsterHamrick Run North4031Yew Mountains Area151 
 McDowellFlat Top Mountain-Northwest Slope3400Southern Allegheny Mountains0 
 HardyBears Hell3327North Central Appalachian Ridges887 
 MineralBlack Rock3160Northern Allegheny Mountains420 
 BarbourLaurel Mountain-Elliot Benchmark3157Laurel Highlands0 
 LoganBurning Rock-Northwest Ridge2920Southern Allegheny Mountains0 
 KanawhaKayford Mountain2898Southern Allegheny Mountains338 
 MorganCacapon Mountain-Ridge Benchmark2320North Central Appalachian Ridges0 
 ClayBird Knob1864Southern Allegheny Plateau464 
 LincolnLincoln County High Point1686Southern Allegheny Mountains166 
 CalhounMule Knob1584Southern Allegheny Plateau364 
 RoaneRoane County High Point1560Southern Allegheny Plateau160 
 WayneWayne County High Point1560Southern Allegheny Plateau240 
 PleasantsPleasants County High Point1270Southern Allegheny Plateau270 
 PutnamPutnam County High Point1228Southern Allegheny Plateau208 
 CabellCabell County High Point1169Southern Allegheny Plateau129 
 MasonMason County High Point1120Southern Allegheny Plateau0 

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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 West Virginia, 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 1993 by Andy Martin, reviewed by Michael Schwartz.
  • Latitude-longitude values for peaks researched manually by myself and may not show all various subareas.


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