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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

Showing Lee Newton's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (2 out of 53, or 3.77%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Crumbly Spire13,260South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada 
2.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope11,620ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies 
3.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide9940ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains 
4.Winnemucca Lake Southeast9820Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada 
5.South Great Divide Basin Peak8500Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains 
6.North Skylight Ridge6266EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges 
7.Sproats Meadow Northwest5710Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges 
8.Mud Lake East5215Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges 
9.Little Tejon4780Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges 
10.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4745BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains 
11.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide4483BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains 
12.Mount Field4340SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
12.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge4340JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges 
14.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4300SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
15.Young Lick Knob3820SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
16.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide3740Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
17.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak3540SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
18.Salmon Mountain3413St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
19.Border Monument 441 Peak3350St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
20.Styles Peak-North Peak3297St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
21.Long Mountain3220AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
22.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide2850JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges 
22.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2850PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
24.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide2810RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
25.Woodchuck Hill2690DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus 
26.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2670DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus 
27.Potter County Triple Divide Point2530St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
28.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide2390Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains 
29.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2116HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
30.Border Monument 318 Peak1930St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
31.Three Way Watershed Marker1735MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area 
32.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope1690RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains 
33.South Crow Hill1650St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
34.Lula Triple Divide1350SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast 
35.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide1255BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains 
36.Kernersville Triple Divide1015Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast 
37.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide705SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains 
38.Choctaw Lookout Tower670MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast 
39.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide645NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast 
40.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide635JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast 
41.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide475AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast 
42.Chiricahua PeakNullYaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges2012-03-17 a
42.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple DivideNullYaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges 
42.Desert RidgeNullKlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range 
42.Dishpan Gap NorthNullSkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range 
42.Guadalupe BenchmarkNullGuadalupeNuecesSan AntonioGreat Plains 
42.Headwaters HillNullRio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains 
42.Miller MountainNullKlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range 
42.Mount WashingtonNullAndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians2002-09-14
42.Oregon ButtesNullGreat Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies 
42.Reeds PeakNullRio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges 
42.Sawmill Mountain-West PeakNullSanta MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges 
42.Triple Divide PeakNullMississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains 

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.

 


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